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    Deborah Etim

    Express Entry is an electronic system used by the Canadian government to manage permanent residence applications for some economic immigration programs in order to fill labor shortages. The Canadian federal government evaluates whether a candidate is eligible for a program operated by Express Entry once the candidate provides an online profile.

    Candidates who meet the requirements are allowed into the Express Entry pool and ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS is a point-based system that the government uses to evaluate and rank Express Entry candidates. The CRS score is determined by a number of elements, including a candidate’s age, education, work experience, language skills, and other considerations.

    The Canadian government picks the top-scoring individuals from the Express Entry pool every two weeks and sends them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

    Express Entry is a two-stage process that is fairly straightforward. Candidates who are qualified for Express Entry submit an expression of interest in acquiring permanent residence status in Canada to the Canadian government in the first major stage. The Canadian government invites the highest-scoring individuals to immigrate to Canada in the second major step.

    The following is a step-by-step guide to submitting your Express Entry profile and obtaining a permanent residence visa in Canada:

    Step 1: Find out if you qualify for Express Entry.

    Step 2: Get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by finishing your language test.

    • Step 3: Fill out your profile on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

    • Step 4: Check with IRCC to check if you have been issued an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

    • Step 5: Submit your completed Application for Permanent Residence (APR) to the Immigration and Refugee Council (IRCC) and pay the charges before the deadline. As part of this phase, you must provide your medical record and police report. After that, you will receive an Acknowledgment of Receipt from IRCC (AOR).

    • Step 6: Submit your biometrics, when the IRCC requests for it.

    • Step 7: Wait for IRCC to make a final APR determination. The IRCC hopes to complete applications in six months or less. You will obtain a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a permanent resident visa (if you are from a country that requires one) once your application has been granted, allowing you to fly to Canada to complete your landing.

    It is free to submit an Express Entry profile to the government’s pool of qualified candidates.
    However, there are certain expenses associated with submitting an Express Entry profile.
    Before submitting an Express Entry profile, you may incur the following costs:

    • Educational Credential Assessment Fees if you need to translate any documents into English or French by a language-testing organization that has been approved by the Canadian government

    • English or French language exam by a language-testing organization that has been approved by the Canadian government

    • Using the services of an immigration attorney (e.g., a law firm).

    Following the receipt of an ITA, you will incur the following government fees and other costs:

    • Fees charged by the Canadian government for the processing of permanent residence applications

    • Medical exams

    • Police Background check

    • Fee for biometrics

    Your application processing fees will cost $825 and right of permanent residence costs $500, totaling $1,325. If you are going with your spouse or partner you will double the price of what you are to pay for yourself. If a dependent or child is included, an additional $225 (per child).

    A profile for Express Entry can be valid for up to a year. Candidates who acquire an ITA should expect their permanent residency applications to be processed within six months by the Canadian government. When a complete permanent residence application is received, the government begins to calculate the processing time. When a final decision on the application is made, the processing time comes to an end. If you do not receive an ITA within a year of submitting your Express Entry profile, you can simply re-submit it if you are still eligible.

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