This is part 1 of our Express Entry for Canada Immigration article. This details the steps we took before the creation of our Express Entry profile with CIC. It 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.
You now have your IELTS results with you. And you’re content with the 8-8-7-7 score you got.
You also now have your Educational Credentials Assessment report. And you’re happy with the 4-year bachelor and 2-year post-graduate Canadian equivalent of your degrees from your home country.
As such, you feel you’re ready for the main round – creating your Express Entry profile for Canadian Immigration.
Let’s do this, shall we?
Check your eligibility
Before we begin with the creation of your Express Entry profile, you should stop by Canada Immigration’s Getting Started page. There, you will find a tool to help you determine if you’re eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada.
I highly recommend you go through this step now in order to help you determine your eligibility in the various immigration programs that are available. It will save you the frustration of finding out later that you’re not qualified for the immigration program that you’ve applied for.
NOTE: When you finish the questionnaire, you’ll notice your Personal Reference Code at the top of the last page where it says ‘Your results‘. Take note of that code as you’ll need it during the creation of your Express Entry profile later.
If you’re like us, you probably indicated in the series of questions that you would like to permanently move to Canada and that you didn’t have any relatives living in Canada now. Lastly, that you intend to find a permanent job in Canada.
If yes, like us, you probably got feedback that you qualified for Express Entry via a number of streams. And you probably figured that you fit best under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program.
NOTE: If you haven’t done so yet, please take the time to read through our article about the different Canadian Immigration program categories that are available. It will give you an understanding of where and why you will fit in a particular program.
Estimate your potential CRS score
So, now that you know that you qualify to apply via Express Entry, it’s time to find out what your CRS score potentially is. Go straight to Canada Immigration’s CRS tool to find out.
If you’ve been following our “Our Canada Immigration Journey” series, by this stage, you should have your IELTS results and WES report in hand by now. You should have no problem providing the majority of requested information.
If you haven’t done both yet, don’t worry. You can still use the CRS tool to estimate your CRS points. However, in this case, take note that you will only provide estimates of your IELTS results and WES report. Once you have your actual results, don’t forget to go back to the CRS tool to re-compute your score.
The questions asked in the CRS tool are pretty straight-forward. As such, you shouldn’t have any problem providing all of the requested information.
Once done, read through to the bottom of the page and you should see an estimated total of your CRS points. Take note of that total as that is what you should expect your total points to be in the Express Entry system.
How useful is that CRS Score estimate?
Well, you can use your expected total points to compare that with the result of the regular draws done by Canada Immigration. This should then guide your next steps.
For example, during last week’s draw, people with 465 CRS points and above got an invitation to apply (ITA). If your total points are way below that number, that means you have a lower chance of getting an ITA. You can focus on steps to improve your points – say, re-take the IELTS to get a higher score.
If your points are way above that, that means you have a good chance of getting your profile included in the next draw. You should start working on creating your Express Entry profile now.
By knowing your expected CRS score, you should be able to decide if it’s worth it to proceed with your immigration application or if you’ll be better off applying somewhere else.
By now, you should have an idea of where you rank compared with other applicants as far as your expected CRS score is concerned.
If you like your chances, go ahead and create your Express Entry profile. We’ll be detailing how we did it in Part 2 of this Express Entry for Canada Immigration article.
If you feel that there’s no chance to get an invitation because of your CRS score, don’t be disheartened. We’re preparing a couple of articles around Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). That program, if you’re successful, guarantees an additional 600 CRS points on top of your current score. That practically guarantees an invitation to anyone nominated by a province.
In any case, continue to follow us here to learn more.
This is part 1 of our Express Entry for Canada Immigration article. This details the steps we took before the creation of our Express Entry profile with CIC. It 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.