Express Entry

Express Entry Program has been set up for individuals interested in immigrating and settling permanently in Canada. It is an online application management system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
The Express Entry system is a two-step process:

Step 1) Complete an online Express Entry profile
The first step would be to complete an online Express Entry profile. Important information for profile will include following;

  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • education, and
  • other details that will help CIC assess them.

Those who meet the criteria of one of the three programs as mentioned will be accepted into a pool of candidates. Accuracy, correctness and verification of information provided is extremely important while creating your profile. We will work closely with to ensure that won’t be problems at later stages of application.
Note:  Acceptance in the Express Entry pool does not guarantee a candidate will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. You will be competing against a pool of candidates to get ITA.

Step 2) Getting ITA and applying for PR

Candidates in the pool are ranked against using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.
Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. A candidate can get additional points for:

These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible round of invitations.
If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.
Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times

Note: Based on recent data it has come to notice that there are significant issues with the current system. Mid-year report issued by CIC shows that out of 12,928 ITAs issued only 655 applications have been actually approved.


There is famous saying that decisions you make today affect your generations to come. Your decision to immigrate is such a important decision. It is extremely important to start the process right and handle it carefully.  Even a small mistake can cause the visa officer to refuse your application. Each and every program has strict caps and quotas, any mistake you make will take you out of the pool and a golden opportunity missed. Working with a reputable firm like Aspire Immigration becomes important given the fact that one chance you got could be your last chance to apply. Based on our years of experience we have come across a few mistakes that candidates make leading to delay or refusal of their applications.

Incorrect/Incomplete Information

The number one mistake people make is not to provide complete and accurate information as per the needs of the category they are applied under. Providing incorrect information, incomplete forms and missing signatures will definitely result in your application being returned back to you. This result in loss of valuable time and sometimes you find that by the time you resubmit application, the cap is already reached. It is critical that requirements be understood before and all supporting documents are ready before you start the application.

Failure to understand process

It is important to understand how visa offers assess your applications and how you are competing with talent across the globe.  We have found in false belief that there case is straight forward. It needs to be understood that information which is straightforward in your country may not be that useful in decision making. You need to communicate with Immigration Authorities in a language they understand.
The role of visa officers is to assess you based on the information provided. They are basically bureaucrats with lots of discretionary powers. They will not make exceptions on case to case basis or try to clarify information with you. It is candidate’s responsibility to prove your eligibility for the program and provide supporting documentation.

Wrong/Misguided Advice

It is good to stay informed and listen to advice but it is equally important to keep in mind credentials of person giving you advice. We often come across candidates acting based on information provided by their friends and most of the time that information is incorrect, out-dated or misguided. Canadian immigration policies changes so fast that even if your friend might be right, it might not be relevant any more.