CANADA EXPRESS ENTRY


January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs.

 
The Express Entry system is the first step to immigrate to Canada under these programs. Potential candidates can complete an Express Entry profile at any time. Note that there is no deadline to complete a profile and there are no caps on the number of candidates that will be accepted to the pool.
 
Anyone who is accepted into the Express Entry pool could get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. Draws to invite candidates to apply will take place regularly over the course of each year. We will only pick the top ranking candidates no matter when they were accepted into the pool.
 
If you are invited to apply, you will have 60 days to submit a complete Application for Permanent Residence online.
 

The first draw for an invitation to apply is planned for the last week of January 2015. 

Features of the Express Entry program include the fact that Canada would be able to select the best candidates, who would be able to achieve success in Canada, rather than just the next person in the queue. Immigration authorities would also have access to an improved Job Bank for matching Canadian employers with the most suitable Express Entry Candidates.
 
The Government plans to invest $14 million over two years and $4.7 million thereafter, to ensure that Express Entry is a success.
Worker Class
Experience Class
Trade Class
FAQ's Related to Express Entry

Canada Federal Skilled Worker Class

Overview

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is one of the Government of Canada’s main avenues to permanent immigration. Applicants are selected based on criteria that assess the candidate’s overall capacity to adapt to Canada’s labour market. This includes factors such as knowledge of English or French, education, work experience and other criteria that have been shown to help FSWs become economically established in Canada.

Advantages to Employers

Employers can significantly improve the chances of having an FSW application approved by making a qualifying job offer to a foreign national in a skilled occupation. For more information, see the fact sheet on Arranged Employment. Priority processing is given to applicants with a qualifying job offer, allowing employers to staff positions quickly. In addition, there is no limit on the number of FSW applications with arranged employment that CIC will accept each year.

How It Works FSWP processing is open to applicants who have one of the following:
  • at least one year of continuous work experience in one NOC O, A and B groups
  • at least two years of study in a PhD program in Canada or graduation from a Canadian doctoral program no more than 12 months before the date their application is received; OR
  • a qualifying offer of permanent, full-time employment in Canada.
All applicants must:
  • have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience in a skilled occupation (managerial, professional or technical and skilled trades);
  • meet the minimum language threshold (Canadian Language Benchmark 7) in speaking, reading, writing and listening; and
  • have either a Canadian educational credential OR provide an Educational Credential Assessment from a CIC-designated organization to prove that their foreign credential is equivalent to a completed Canadian one.

Applicants are then assessed against the factors in the FSW selection grid and must meet the pass mark of 67 out of 100 points. Successful applicants must also meet admissibility requirements, including health, safety and security assessments.

But as on January 1, 2015, completing an Express Entry profile will be the first step in Immigrating to Canada permanently as a skilled worker under the :

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
  • Canadian Experience class

Under the Express Entry system, Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC) will invite people to apply for permanent residence based on the information they enter in an online profile. You cannot apply directly to any of these programs unless CIC sends you an Invitation to Apply(ITA).

Canada Federal Experience Class

Immigrate to Canada permanently! If you have been working or studying in Canada, you already know why, year after year, Canada is consistently ranked as one of the best countries in the world in which to live. From a strong, stable economy to the beauty of its natural environment, Canada offers an exceptionally high quality of life. With the knowledge, skills and experience you have gained in Canada, you could qualify to make Canada your permanent home.

Who can apply To apply for permanent resident status through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC):
  • you must have the required 12 months of work experience in Canada and it must have been acquired while you had the proper work permits or authorizations.
  • you must also be able to communicate in one of Canada’s two official languages.
Requirements for applicants

To apply for permanent resident status through the CEC, you need at least one year of full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time work) as a skilled worker in Canada. Full-time work means at least 30 hours per week, and you need to have worked at least 1,560 hours in a year. The one-year of work experience must have been obtained within the three years preceding the date your CEC application is received.

To work in Canada after graduating, your best option is to apply for a post graduation work permit. Information on obtaining a work permit is available on CIC’s website at cic.gc.ca/study. These permits may be valid for up to three years. To qualify for the CEC, remember that at least one year of your work experience must be in a skilled occupation (see skilled work experience).

It is also important to note that work experience you may have acquired as part of your academic program, such as an internship or a co-op placement, does not qualify under the CEC. Part-time work you may have performed during your studies does not qualify either.

If you have made an application for permanent residence and your existing work permit is about to expire, you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. Bridging open work permits allow qualified applicants to keep working while they await a final decision on their permanent residence application. For more information about bridging open work permits including eligibility, visit cic.gc.ca/bridging.

Skilled work experience

Your work experience in Canada must be in a job or an occupation that requires a specific level of skill, education or training. To qualify, your experience must be in one of the following categories of Canada’s National Occupational Classification.

Skill Type 0
  • This includes senior management occupations, middle and other management positions.
Skill Level A
  • Occupations at this level usually require university education at the bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate level.
Skill Level B
  • Occupations at this level usually require education obtained at a college or vocational institute, apprenticeship training or three to four years of secondary school followed by more than two years of on-the-job training, specialized training courses or specific work experience.
Language requirements

To qualify for the CEC, you must prove your proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages, which are English and French. The four linguistic abilities are speaking, reading, listening and writing. The required level of ability in English or French will vary according to your occupation. For example, the language requirements for managerial and professional positions are higher than the requirements for positions in technical occupations or skilled trades. To prove your language skills, you will need to take a language test approved by CIC and include those results with your application. You will find more information about specific language requirements on CIC’s website at cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/ cec/language.asp. These language requirements are subject to change.

Fees

The application processing fee for a single person is $550 in Canadian funds. There are additional fees if another member of your family is applying at the same time. The processing fees for you and your dependants must be paid when you submit your application. Be sure to note that processing fees cannot be refunded, so it is very important to understand the requirements of the CEC before you submit your application. Details are available on CIC’s website at immigration.gc.ca/cec. You must also pay the following for yourself and your family members (if applicable): • medical examinations • police certificates • language assessments

But as on January 1, 2015, completing an Express Entry profile will be the first step in Immigrating to Canada permanently as a skilled worker under the :
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
  • Canadian Experience class

Under the Express Entry system, Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC) will invite people to apply for permanent residence based on the information they enter in an online profile. You cannot apply directly to any of these programs unless CIC sends you an Invitation to Apply(ITA).

Canada Federal Skilled Trade Class

Overview

Launched in January 2013, the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) helps to facilitate the immigration of skilled trades people to Canada. Applicants are selected according to criteria geared towards their reality, placing more emphasis on practical training and work experience rather than on formal education.

Advantages to Employers

Given Canada’s aging workforce and the continued demand for certain skilled trades in the natural resource, agriculture and construction sectors, immigration is considered to be part of the solution for trades’ renewal.

Employers can help qualified temporary foreign workers transition into permanent residence through the program by making them a qualifying job offer. For more information, see the fact sheet on Arranged Employment.

How It Works Applicants to the FSTP must:
  • Have EITHER a one-year qualifying job offer OR a Provincial/Territorial certificate of qualification in a qualifying skilled trade to demonstrate that the individual can be employed in Canada;
  • Meet minimum language proficiency thresholds in either English or French: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in speaking and listening (i.e. the applicant can effectively participate in and understand routine conversations); and CLB 4 (fluent basic proficiency) in reading and writing;
  • Have at least two years of work experience (within the last five years) in one of 43 eligible skilled trades (www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/trades/applications.asp); and
  • Satisfy the employment requirements set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system, with the exception of licensing requirements, which are addressed separately.

But as on January 1, 2015, completing an Express Entry profile will be the first step in Immigrating to Canada permanently as a skilled worker under the :

  •  Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
  • Canadian Experience class

Under the Express Entry system, Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC) will invite people to apply for permanent residence based on the information they enter in an online profile. You cannot apply directly to any of these programs unless CIC sends you an Invitation to Apply(ITA).

In my Express Entry profile/application I am getting validation errors or it tells me that fields are incomplete when they are not. What do I do?

You may want to try using a different Web browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome. You should also check your browser’s language settings and make sure it is set to English or French as special characters can cause errors. If you are still having the problem try clearing your browser cache. Your browser’s Help section can tell you how to do this. If the problem continues you may have to contact us.

Do I need an Educational Credential Assessment to apply under Express Entry?

Not necessarily. But, to get points for your education under the Comprehensive Ranking System, you must either: You may also need an ECA to meet the requirements of one of the programs included in Express Entry. For example, the Federal Skilled Worker Program requires you to have an ECA.

I have two degrees from outside Canada. Do I need an Educational Credential Assessment for both?

To get the most points possible for your education under the Comprehensive Ranking System, you should get your highest degree, diploma or certificate assessed (PhD, MA, BA). If you have more than one credential, you may want to get both assessed if it would give you more points.

The online tool said I was eligible for Express Entry, but my completed profile says I’m not. Which one is right?

The online tool asks general questions to see if you may be eligible for one of the programs under Express Entry. The Express Entry profile asks more specific and detailed questions about your qualifications. It is possible that after you gave more detailed information in your Express Entry profile that you are, in fact, not eligible. Only a complete Express Entry profile can be used to fully assess if you are eligible.

Can I use my existing Job Bank account for Express Entry?

No. You will have to create a new one using your Express Entry profile number and Job Seeker Validation Code. Once you complete your Express Entry profile, if you are found to meet most of the requirements to enter the pool, you should get a message in your MyCIC account with this information.

What is a personal reference code? Where can I get a one?

Your personal reference code is created when you have finished answering the questions in the Come to Canada tool. It is used to transfer the information from your answers over to the Express Entry profile builder in your MyCIC account. It looks like this: JM1234567890. If you access Express Entry directly through your MyCIC account, you will not get a personal reference code. Note: The personal reference code is not the same as the Express Entry profile number. The profile number is given to each completed Express Entry profile.

My personal reference code is not working. What should I do?

If you have already started to create an Express Entry profile in your MyCIC account, the reference code will not work. To continue your profile, scroll to the bottom of your MyCIC account and:
  • under the “Continue my profile / application, not yet submitted” section
  • choose the line with your Express Entry profile
  • click the “Continue Profile” button.
If you have not started creating your profile, you will have to go through the Come to Canada tool again for a new reference code.

What do I need to create an Express Entry profile?

You can find everything you need to complete an Express Entry profile on our website.

I am a native English or French speaker. Why do I need to take a language test for Express Entry?

Canada assesses everyone using the same standards, no matter their language of origin, nationality or ethnicity. Even someone from an English-speaking country, who speaks English as a first language, needs to take a test. Likewise, someone from a French-speaking country, who speaks French as a first language, needs to take a test. You need to submit third-party language results for all programs under Express Entry. You will have to include the results of your test(s) in your Express Entry profile. Language tests have been required for our skilled immigration programs for many years. Find out more about language testing.

What kind of language test can I use for Express Entry?

We only accept these tests for Express Entry: For English
  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program – CELPIP-General 2014
    • (If you took the test before April 1, 2014, you would have had to take the “CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G)” test.)
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System – General Training
For French
  • TEF: Test d’évaluation de français
Find out more about language testing.

A message in MyCIC says my profile was updated. I didn’t update it today (or don’t see an update). What happened?

It may take up to 24 hours for the system to send a message saying that your profile has been updated. For example, if you made a change on Monday, you may only receive a message from your MyCIC account on Tuesday.

I accidently withdrew my Express Entry profile. How can I fix this?

If you withdrew your profile, you will need to create a new one if you want to enter the pool. You will have to meet the Express Entry requirements in place at that time.

I was found not eligible for Express Entry and I can’t change my profile. What do I do?

If you’ve been found not eligible, you will need to create a new profile. You will have to meet the Express Entry requirements that are in place, so unless you made a mistake in your first profile or your circumstances have changed (i.e. you have received new language test results, you now have additional work experience, etc.), there is a good chance you will be found ineligible again.

How do I update my Express Entry profile before submitting it?

To update your profile, follow these steps:
  1. Go to the main page of your MyCIC account (the one that says Welcome to MyCIC at the top)
  2. Scroll down to “Continue my profile / application, not yet submitted”
  3. Choose the line with your Express Entry Profile
  4. Click “Continue Profile” button
Once you’re on the “Express Entry profile” page:
  1. Click the “Update form” button for  the “Form Name” you want to update
  2. Make the changes you want to the fields
  3. Click the “Save and exit” button at the bottom of page to go back to “Express Entry Profile” page.

Some fields in my Express Entry profile are greyed out and I can’t change them. How do I update them?

This is an example of greyed out fields in your Express Entry profile: In some places, the fields will be coloured gray, and you will not be able to update them. (A red circle with a diagonal line  will also appear when you mouse over the field.) This is because the information was brought forward from the first tool (Come to Canada) you completed. To update them, you will have to update them in the previous step. To do this:
  1. From the “Express Entry Profile” page:
  2. Click on the “Modify Family Information” button at the top of the page:
  3. Change the fields as needed.
  4. Click the “Update Information” button to save any changes:
Note: Clicking the “Update Information” button will also bring you to the next section if the change you want to make is not in the first screen. On the following screens: You have a few options. You can click:
  1. the “Next” button to save your answers and go back to the “Express Entry Profile” page,
  2. the “Save and exit questionnaire” button to return to the main page of your MyCIC account, or
  3. the “Modify my Answers” button to see all the eligibility questions.
Click the “pencil” button to access the fields related to that question.

How do I confirm that my Express Entry profile is complete?

To confirm that you profile is complete:
  1. Go to the “Express Entry profile” page
  2. Click the “Continue form” button for the section with the status “in progress”
  3. Verify that all circles to the right have a green check mark  in them.
If one section displays a progress bar instead of a green check mark, open the section and complete the missing information.
  1. Click the “save and exit” button to save your changes and return to the “Express Entry profile” page.

I already submitted my Express Entry profile. Can I still update it?

Yes, you can still update your profile after you’ve submitted it. Follow these steps:
  1. On the main page of your MyCIC account (the one that says Welcome to MyCIC at the top), go to the section “What would you like to do today?”
  2. Scroll down to “View my submitted applications or profiles”
  3. Click on the “Check status and messages” button:
  4. On the “Application/profile details” page, click on the “view submitted application” button (near the bottom):
  5. On the “Express Entry profile” page, click on the “Update form” button for the section you want to change.
  6. Make any changes you need to, and then click the “Save and Exit” button at the bottom of the page.
  7. Once you have finished updating your profile, click on the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page and follow the directions provided to submit your updated profile.
Note: The “Revert changes” button will appear each time you enter a form and click on the “Save and exit” button, even if you didn't make any changes. If you did not make any changes, click on the “Revert changes” button to confirm this.

Where can I find my Express Entry profile number and/or Job Seeker validation code?

You can find these numbers in a message on your MyCIC account. To find it:
  1. Log into your MyCIC account,
  2. Go to the heading called "View my submitted applications or profiles,"
  3. Click on "Check status and messages,"
  4. Scroll down to the table called “Correspondence,”
  5. Click on the arrow in front of the message – it will open a drop-down menu with a link,
  6. Click on the link to open the PDF message.

How do I withdraw my Express Entry profile?

To withdraw your profile:
  1. On the main page of your MyCIC account, go to the section “What would you like to do today?”
  2. Scroll down to “View my submitted applications or profiles”
  3. Click on the orange “Withdraw profile” button
  4. Under the heading “What would you like to do today?” below the “Warning!” text, click on the orange “Continue” button.

In an Express Entry profile, should I only include the minimum work experience needed to qualify for one of the programs, or should I include more?

To qualify for the broadest range of programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you should include work experience for the last 10 years. We also need this information for an application for permanent residence, no matter which program you are applying under.

I applied before Express Entry was launched, but my application was returned because it was incomplete (or the cap was reached). Do I answer “yes” or “no” to the “have you previously submitted an application” question?

If you got a letter from us that confirms your previous application is being processed, you should answer “yes.” If you did not get this letter, you should answer “no.” If the application was never formally accepted for processing, we don’t count it as an application.

In an Express Entry profile, what do you mean by the “date the applicant first became qualified to practice this occupation.”?

If you are listing a skilled trade (jobs with a four-digit NOC code that begins with 632, 633, 72, 73, 82, 92) as your primary occupation: This is the date when you first became qualified to practice on your own in that trade (for example, when you moved from apprentice to fully qualified tradesperson). Note: If you are being assessed for the Federal Skilled Trades program, work experience in a trade will only count if you are qualified to practice in that region. If you are listing any other primary occupation: This is the date when you finished the minimum level of education needed for the occupation according to the National Occupational Classification code. (Note: if the NOC only states high school, this is the date you graduated from high school.)

How do I fill out my Express Entry profile when I have implied status?

If you are working in Canada with implied status and are authorized to work in Canada at the time you complete your Express Entry profile: Answer “yes” to the “Does X have a valid work permit for the current job in Canada?” question. If you are working in Canada with implied status, are authorized to work in Canada, and the original work permit was issued on the basis of a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): Answer “yes” to the “Was a positive LMIA issued for the current work permit?” question. Where it asks for the LMIA number, you should enter the number of the expired LMIA. If the above is true, and:
  • you are still working for the employer specified on the original work permit, and
  • you have a permanent job offer from your current employer,
a new LMIA would not be needed to support your job offer. You should answer “no” to the “Was a positive LMIA issued for the job offer in Canada?” question.

How do I answer the question in Express Entry about my education if I have two or more degrees or diplomas?

To get the correct number of points, make sure you choose the answer that best reflects your case. For example: For each entry, if you have two Bachelor degrees, or one Bachelor and a two-year college diploma, choose “Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years.” If you have more than two degrees or diplomas, you will not get any extra points. You should choose the same option as above, unless you have:
  • a master’s degree, or
  • a doctoral level degree (PhD).
You will get more points for a master’s or a doctorate, so if you have one, choose it from the drop-down menu.

If my Express Entry profile expires, will the system keep my information?

No, the system will not keep your information. We had planned to allow the system to save profile information, so it would be easier to complete a new profile when the first one expired. We have found that this option is not possible at this time. Should the option become available in the future, we will update this information online. If your profile is about to expire, you must complete and submit a new one if you want to stay in the Express Entry pool. You can save screen shots of your profile to make it easier to re-enter your data. Do not create a new profile until your existing one expires. If you decide to create and submit a new profile before your existing one expires, you will need towithdraw your existing profile first. Find more information.

What do you mean by Primary Occupation?

Your primary occupation means the job you have experience in (within the last five years) and want to base your immigration application on, if you are invited to apply.

How do I find my National Occupation Classification (NOC) code?

Your National Occupation Classification (NOC) code is the number the job is listed under in Canada’s official job classification system. Find the NOC code and title for a job.

Why didn’t I get points for my job offer?

To get points from the Comprehensive Ranking System for a job offer under Express Entry, your employer will need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). You should only answer “Yes” to the question “Does [your name] have a job offer in Canada?” if a Canadian employer has offered you a full-time, non-seasonal job, and that job offer is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment. (Note – in most cases, the job offer must be for a permanent job. For some types of jobs, it has to be for at least one year.) If you are currently working in Canada but have not been offered a job that is supported by a LMIA, you should answer “No” and create a Job Seeker account in Job Bank. Find out more about what makes a job offer valid.

I have a job offer but the system says I need to register in Job Bank. Why?

You have to register with Job Bank unless your job offer is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment. If you have a job offer that meets the requirements, be sure to answer "Yes" to the question "Does [your name] have a job offer in Canada?" This is found under the Work Experience form of your Express Entry profile. If your job offer does not meet the requirements, you should answer “No” and you must register in Job Bank to become a candidate in the Express Entry pool.

I am working in Canada on a valid work permit. Does this count as a job offer?

Your job offer is only valid, whether you are working in Canada or not, if your current or prospective employer: (Note – in most cases, the job offer must be for a permanent job. For some types of jobs, it has to be for at least one year.) The only time that an employer making you a job offer does not need to get a new LMIA is when you are already working for them with a work permit that is based on that LMIA. Find out more about what makes a job offer valid.

There is no National Occupation Classification (NOC) code on my work permit. What should I put in my Express Entry profile?

If there is no National Occupational Classification (NOC) code on your work permit, you should find and use the NOC code of the job you are currently doing in Canada. Find the NOC code and title for your job.

If I am on implied status and waiting for a new work permit, do I keep the 600 job offer points or do I need to update my Express Entry Profile and remove the job offer?

If you have implied status, and have applied to renew your work permit, you can keep working for the same employer under the same conditions. You are still eligible for the 600 points for a job offer during this time. If you are invited to apply, your Express Entry profile answers will be carried forward to your electronic application for permanent residence (showing that you have a valid work permit supported by an LMIA in a NOC 0, A or B occupation). You will not need to change the answers, but you must submit a copy of your LMIA with the application.

What work experience can I count towards the Federal Skilled Trades Program’s two-year requirement?

In the Federal Skilled Trades program, work experience in a trade can only count if you are qualified to independently practice that trade in the region where you got your work experience. If you are qualified in one country, you might work in another country that has different rules for practicing your trade. In that case, the work experience from the second country will only count towards the two-year work experience requirement if you also met the requirements to practice there independently. For example, if you are a plumber from Germany and worked for one year in Poland, you need to prove that you were certified to be a plumber in Germany, and that you were qualified to work in Poland according to Polish regulations at the time for this work experience to count.

I have been working in Canada for the last six months but didn’t get points for work experience. Why not?

Under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), to be awarded points for skilled work experience, you must have been:
  • legally allowed to work in Canada in one or more jobs listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification;
  • working full-time (or an equal amount in part-time), meaning 30 hours of work per week, and
  • working for at least one year in the 10-year period before the day we assign you points.
We do not count work experience if you were:
  • studying full-time while you were working,
  • self-employed, or
  • not legally allowed to work in Canada.
Please note: Work experience does not need to be continuous to get points under the CRS. But, to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must have at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience, either in Canada or abroad.

If I am under implied status while in the Express Entry pool, will I still get the 600 additional points for having a job offer?

If you show in your Express Entry profile that you have a valid job offer, you will automatically be awarded an additional 600 points towards your Comprehensive Ranking System score. If your job offer is from your current employer, and you are under implied status, you must keep working for the same employer under the same conditions in order to keep those 600 points.

I included my job offer from my current employer in my Express Entry profile. What if I am invited to apply while I am waiting for a new work permit from this employer?

If you applied for a new work permit before your old one expired, you are under “implied status” until we make a decision on your application. If you are invited to apply for permanent residence while having implied status, your Express Entry profile answers will be carried forward to your application for permanent residence in MyCIC. If you are not sure you answered correctly: in the “work history” screen, under the “Intended work in Canada” section, scroll down to the section about Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA). Make sure you answered “yes” to the question “Was a positive LMIA issued for the job offer in Canada?” Where it asks for the LMIA number, the number you enter should be the one from the expired LMIA. To support the claim that you are under implied status, include a copy of your new LMIA and work permit applications when you apply. When you get to the document checklist in MyCIC, upload it into the “Optional documents” section, by selecting “add letter of explanation.” As long as you still have implied status at the time you apply, you do not need to wait for your new work permit to be approved. If you are issued a new work permit before you submit your application, you need to update this information before you submit it. If you are refused a new work permit before you submit your application, you may want to decline the invitation to apply. You will be put back in the pool, and should update your Express Entry profile to show the change in your work status. If you submit the application for permanent residence anyway, we will likely refuse it, as you will lose the 600 points for the job offer. This will probably put you below the lowest score for that round. If we refuse your application, we will not refund your processing fees.

I was invited to apply for permanent residence under Express Entry while working in Canada. My work permit expired before I could apply for another. What do I do?

If you did not maintain implied status (in other words, you did not apply for a new work permit before your original one expired), you may want to decline the invitation to apply. You will be put back in the pool, and should update your Express Entry profile to show the change in your work status. If you submit your application anyway, we will likely refuse it, as you will lose the 600 points for the job offer. This will probably put you below the lowest score for that round. If we refuse your application, we will not refund your fees.  You may be able to restore your status. If your status is restored and you still have an eligible Express Entry profile, you may be invited to again apply for permanent residence in the future.

I did not get a Job Seeker Validation Code in the message you sent me in my MyCIC account. Why not?

If you got an Express Entry profile number but not a Job Seeker Validation Code, this could mean one of two things:
  • you had a valid job offer or a provincial nomination when you submitted your profile, or
  • you are not eligible for Express Entry.
To be eligible for Express Entry, you need to meet the minimum requirements and complete a profile. Part of your profile is to create a Job Seeker account if this applies to you. The only time this does not apply is if you have a valid job offer or a provincial nomination. If you are not sure, check the message in your MyCIC account again. It should tell you which of these applies to your case.

How do I upload more supporting documents after I have already submitted my online application for permanent residence through Express Entry?

Once you have submitted your online application for permanent residence, you cannot send more documents through MyCIC unless CIC asks for them. If CIC asks for a document, you will get a message in your MyCIC account. To upload a document:
  1. Sign in to your MyCIC account.
  2. Under “View my submitted applications” click on “Check status and messages.”
  3. Under “Application Details” click on “View submitted application” at the bottom of the page.
  4. On this page, you can upload the additional document the same way you uploaded the others when you first applied.
If you need to send documents that we did not ask for (for example, an updated Travel History form), go to our Web form and follow the instructions.