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Busting Myths About Canada’s Express Entry System

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Busting Myths About Canada’s Express Entry System

As Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), we often come across many misconceptions about Canada’s Express Entry system for managing applications for permanent residency. In this article, we hope to clear up some of the most common myths.

Myth #1: Express Entry Guarantees Immigration

A common assumption is that creating an Express Entry profile essentially secures your immigration to Canada. This is false – creating a profile is just the first step. You must be invited from the pool to apply. A profile itself does not guarantee permanent residence.

Myth #2: Express Entry is the Only Immigration Route

Some people think Express Entry is the only way to immigrate permanently. In fact, it is one of many Canadian immigration programs. Options like Atlantic Immigration Program, provincial nominee programs and regular skilled worker programs still exist.

Myth #3: High CRS Score Guarantees Invitation

While achieving a high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score undoubtedly enhances your prospects, it’s important to dispel the misconception that a lofty score ensures an invitation from Express Entry. While a competitive score can significantly boost your chances, it’s crucial to recognize that invitations are not solely determined by CRS scores.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada considers various factors such as operational targets, occupational demand, annual caps, and more in the invitation process. 

Myth #4: Job Offer is Essential

You often hear that securing a Canadian job offer is critical for Express Entry success. While a valid job offer can majorly boost CRS score, it is not mandatory.

Many candidates are invited without job offers as well, particularly those with skilled work experience, Canadian education, sibling connections etc.

Myth #5: Express Entry Leads to Immediate PR

Finally, some applicants expect to become permanent residents immediately after getting their ITA. But there are still several steps between profile creation and attaining PR status.

After invitation, there’s document submission, processing, and landing in Canada. Only then is PR granted. The entire journey can take 6 months or more after the ITA.

Myth #6: Express Entry Application is Easy

The Express Entry application for permanent residence is often perceived as straightforward, but this belief is misleading. The process involves meticulous documentation of work experience, qualifications, language proficiency, proof of funds, medical assessments, police certificates, and more. 

Crafting a comprehensive application with all required supporting documents is a demanding task, emphasizing the complexity of the procedure. Many applicants underestimate the intricacies involved, risking errors or omissions that could jeopardize their chances. 

To navigate these challenges effectively, it is highly recommended to hire an authorized representative. These professionals possess expertise in immigration procedures and can guide applicants through the intricate process, ensuring all aspects of the application meet regulatory standards. Acknowledging the intricacies involved in Express Entry underscores the significance of seeking professional assistance for a smoother and more successful application process.

Myth #7: Express Entry System Never Changes

There is a perception amongst some applicants that Canada’s Express Entry system and the criteria for selection have remained constant since its inception in 2015. However, this is not the case.

In fact, the Express Entry system’s scoring algorithms and eligibility factors have evolved through numerous rounds of reforms between 2015-2023. Key changes have included:

  • Reduction of points for job offers from 600 to 50-200 based on skill level
  • Introduction of new stream for French-speaking skilled workers
  • Additional points for sibling connections in Canada
  • 1,000s of applicants invited based on Canadian work experience alone

So while the basic premise of profile-pool-ITA has remained the same, IRCC has constantly tweaked Express Entry to align with Canada’s economic immigration priorities. Applicants must stay updated on the latest trends and changes.

Myth #8: Getting a Representative Helps “Beat the System”

A small minority of overseas agents or ghost representatives falsely claim that hiring them can help applicants “crack” or “beat” Canada’s Express Entry system even without being eligible.

As authorized consultants, we strictly condemn and report such unethical practices. Paying anyone to break or circumvent Canada’s immigration laws will only jeopardize current and future applications.

We advise due diligence in verifying credentials of representatives promising exceptional results. If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is. 

Separating Fact from Fiction

We hope this article has helped uncover the truth behind some common myths about Express Entry. As Canada continues welcoming immigrants at historic targets, confusion about the system is increasing.

As RCICs, our aim is to guide applicants towards making informed decisions based on facts – not rumors or assumptions. We assist clients across every step of the process, from assessing eligibility to submitting complete applications.

Some key points to remember:

  • Completing Express Entry profile ≠ guaranteed ITA.
  • Selection depends on CRS score and draw requirements.
  •  Jobs offer help but are not essential.
  • System rules and criteria constantly evolve.
  • Representation does not “beat the system”.

With the proper understanding of Canada’s Express Entry process, you can pursue your immigration dreams ethically. As always, Regulated Consultants are here to help and advise if you have any questions or concerns.

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