Express Entry

“Express Entry” is an application intake management system in which IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) controls immigration application intake by requiring applicants be issued an invitation to apply for permanent residency before they can actually submit their applications.

The purpose of Express Entry is to minimize processing time, indeed, at launch of scheme, IRCC guaranteed that permanent residence applications would be processed within six months. In IRCC released Express Entry Year-End Report 2015, it is evident that IRCC met its six-month processing goal.  However, the Express Entry Report also revealed that IRCC has been bouncing (or rejecting) many Express Entry applications due to incompleteness. Since Jan. 1, 2015, almost all prospective economic immigrants to Canada must apply through Express Entry.

  • The submitted applications must be completed in accordance with IRCC guidelines for Express Entry document checklists. There are many reasons for incomplete applications but five main and unique to Express Entry are:-
  • Firstly, IRCC requires that permanent residence applicants provide police certificates from all countries that they have lived in consecutively for more than six months since turning 18.  IRCC has now changed this requirement so that applicants have to provide police certificates for everywhere that they have lived for six months or more.
  • It is impossible to obtain police certificates from certain countries during the 60-day window that Express Entry applicants have to submit their applications.
  • Third, it is imperative that Express Entry applicants constantly monitor their accounts to ensure that they do not miss any deadlines.
  • Fourth, incorrect uploading of documents.
  • Incomplete applications or missing requested documents.

Remember:   Six-month processing standard begins when an application is assessed as complete. The complete application is then promoted in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) and completes with IRCC’s final decision on the application.

Express Entry is applicable outside Quebec only

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