This is part 2 of our Express Entry for Canada Immigration article. It deals with creating your Express Entry profile with CIC and is a part of a series of posts called “Our Canada Immigration Journey“. We will be releasing a number of posts under this series in the next weeks.
We hope that this series will help guide you in your own journey of achieving that dream of living your life in Canada.
Before we begin, make sure you’ve read “Your Express Entry for Canada Immigration – Part 1“. It will help you validate and confirm your eligibility to apply as an immigrant and ensure that you’re applying under the correct immigration program.
Go ahead and read that article. We’ll wait for you.
Done? Ok. Let’s proceed then.
Now you know you’re qualified for one of Canada’s numerous immigration programs. And you’re confident that your Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) is decent enough to make the cut.
It’s time to start creating your Express Entry profile via their website. This is to let CIC know that you are interested in eventually immigrating to Canada.
Create your GCKey user ID
If you already have an account, proceed to sign in with your existing GCKey user ID and password. Alternatively, if you already have an online account with any Canadian bank, you can choose to sign in using that account via the Sign-In Partner button.
If you don’t have any of the two, proceed by clicking on the ‘Register‘ button at the bottom of the page.
In the next page, click on ‘Register with GCKey‘. You will then be asked to register and create your own GCKey user ID and password. Go ahead and create your own personal GCKey user ID.
Once your GCKey has been created, you’ll be asked to create your account. CIC is very security-conscious. As such, don’t be surprised with all the security questions that you need to set up prior to completing the creation of your account.
That’s it. You already have your own GCKey user ID.
Create your Express Entry profile
Once you’re done with the steps above, you will land in your CIC account home page. This is where you will initiate your immigration application and receive communication and status updates from CIC.
Since you are starting out, your next step is to create your Express Entry profile. Click on the ‘Apply to Canada‘ link in the ‘Start an application‘ section near the lower portion of the page.
You will then be presented with two options.
The first option, under the Personal Reference Code heading, you can just type in your Personal Reference Code and the system will capture some of the information you declared in that previous questionnaire. The rest you will need to input again. Less work for you!
NOTE: Remember that Personal Reference Code under the ‘Check your eligibility‘ heading in our previous article – Your Express Entry for Canada Immigration – Part 1? If not, you might want to read that article again and come back here later.
The second option, under the I don’t have a Personal Reference Code heading, click on the ‘Express Entry‘ link to go through the questionnaire again and input all required information.
NOTE: Personally, we went with the ‘I don’t have a Personal Reference Code‘ option. This allowed us to ensure and double check that what we are declaring in the system are correct. Especially since we did the questionnaire prior to taking the IELTS and getting the WES report. This allowed us to reflect our actual results rather than our original estimates.
Declare Relevant and Correct Information
On both options, you will be asked to input and declare a number of information about you and your spouse, if you’re bringing your spouse with you. Make sure that what you will input here are correct and that you have documents to support those claims. This is your actual immigration application and, if you’re successful, CIC will ask for documents to support these claims – i.e. WES report, IELTS results, etc.
While entering requested information, you will always have a view of what information is still missing or incomplete – see below for sample. Always check on the ‘Status‘ column to ensure that that area is complete. You will have your own set as the principal applicant and at the bottom of the page will be for your spouse.
IF you have kids, don’t worry. You’ll have a chance to declare them once your application is successful and you’ve received your invitation to apply (ITA) from CIC.
Once you’ve completed all the sections, click on the ‘Submit‘ button at the bottom of the page. This will lead you to a confirmation page with the following information:
Take note of all the information above. Especially your Profile Number and UCI. These are used to identify your profile and application that you can reference later on. Print this page or save it as PDF.
You need to read through this entire page. At the lower portion of the page, you will see a summary and breakdown of your CRS points as calculated by CIC. Refer to sample below.
Your CRS points reflected in this page will be the basis of CIC on whether you made the cut during their regular draws.
Every 2 weeks, CIC identifies the first 3,500 among their pool of applicants ranked according to their CRS points. If there are more than 3,500 applicants with a score more than you, there’s a very high probability that you won’t get an invitation to apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada.
At this stage, and once you’ve submitted your application, all that is left for you is to wait. And pray. That the next round of ITAs, your CRS score will manage to make the cut.
The lower your CRS score from the last cutoff score, the lower your chances in getting an ITA. If you have a score lower than 400, be ready for a bit of a wait.
Follow us here in Roadtripping Juans for regular updates on the latest CIC ITA cutoff score. We’ll have a section dedicated solely for that.
After 12 months and you still haven’t received an invitation, your Express Entry profile will automatically expire and you will need to go through the process again. Don’t forget that your IELTS and WES report have expiries too. So you can recreate your profile for a limited number of times only before you need to again take your IELTS and have WES evaluate your credentials. Take note of that.
However, don’t lose hope. There are still an additional path that you can take to boost your chances of getting that elusive ITA. We’ll discuss that in a future article.
For now, I’ll leave you with a couple of reminders:
- Double check your entries while creating your Express Entry profile. It’s easy to mistype Passport Numbers or misspell some items. It will save you some headaches later.
- Ensure that what you are declaring can be supported by relevant documents. You don’t want to get an invitation because of points credited to your CRS score that you can’t support with documents. That’s asking for CIC to claim that you misrepresented your credentials. Some were disqualified from applying for a number of years because of that. Don’t risk it.
- Squeeze every possible point that you can credit to maximize your points. Tell your spouse to take the IELTS too – there’s an additional number of points for that. Have WES evaluate every credential you have. Retake the IELTS in the chance that you can improve your score.
- If you and your spouse are both professionals, ask her to create her own GCKey user ID and go through the application process with her as the primary applicant and you as the dependent. More entries, more chances of winning, right? You can use the same IELTS score and WES report anyway.
This is part 2 of our Express Entry for Canada Immigration article. It deals with creating your Express Entry profile with CIC and is a part of a series of posts called “Our Canada Immigration Journey“. Check often with us here in Roadtripping Juans for more on this series.