What should be included in a complete Express Entry application for permanent residence

Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP); Canadian Experience Class (CEC); and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

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Candidates who have self-determined that they are eligible for Express Entry will first indicate to the Canadian government their expression of interest in obtaining Canadian permanent resident status.

Once a candidate submits an online profile, the federal government determines whether they are eligible for a program administered by Express Entry.

Eligible candidates are accepted into the Express Entry pool and are ranked according to the Comprehensive classification system (CRS). The CRS is a points-based system used by the government to evaluate and rank candidates in the application pool and is calculated based on the candidate’s age, education, work experience, language skills, as well as other factors.

Once an applicant has determined they are eligible for Express Entry, has met the program requirements, and has entered the candidate pool, they will need to provide a variety of supporting documents.

What are the required documents for all applicants?

According Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC), in most cases, the main applicant, their spouse or common-law partner, and their dependent children, including unaccompanied children, must submit the following documentation.

Medical exam

Confirmation of a medical examination to evaluate the health of the applicant and his or her family members.

Starting October 1, 2023, it is no longer necessary to provide an immigration doctor in advance when you submit your Express Entry application. Applicants will be asked to wait for instructions from IRCC for further instructions on when an exam is required.

Police certificates

Police certificates are provided to prove that the applicant has no criminal record. Police certificates are required from all countries where the applicant has stayed for 6 months or more continuously within the last 10 years. It is not required for any period of time before age 18.

IRCC states that police certificates must be a scanned copy of the original color police certificates. Certified compliant copies and unauthorized copies are unacceptable.

Identity proof

Applicants must provide a copy of the biographical data page of a passport or travel document to confirm the applicant’s identity.

Proof of work experience.

Proof of work experience is required to prove each work experience claim and to validate that the applicant meets the program requirements.

The customized document checklist in the applicants’ online account prompts the applicant for an upload field for each declared work experience. The IRCC specifies that the following documents are mandatory for each declared work experience:

  • A reference or experience letter from the employer, which must be an official document printed on company letterhead (must include applicant’s name, company contact information). [address, telephone number and email address]and the name, title and signature of the company’s immediate supervisor or personnel officer),
  • You must list all positions held while you were employed with the company and must include the following details: job title, duties and responsibilities, job status (if current job), dates worked for the company, number of hours worked per week and annual salary plus benefits; and
  • If the applicant is self-employed, articles of incorporation or other proof of business ownership, proof of self-employment income and third party documentation indicating the service provided along with payment details (self-declared principal duties or affidavits are not accepted ). proof of self-employment experience).

What other documents might be required?

According to IRCC, the following documents are mandatory if applicable, that is, depending on the personal circumstances of the applicant and his or her dependents:

  • Copy of the birth certificate or other equivalent document, which proves the relationship of the dependent children to the parents. This is only required if the applicant identifies dependent children.
  • Proof of education to confirm educational claims and validate that the applicant meets program requirements.
  • Provincial or territorial qualification certificate to validate an applicant’s claim to have a provincial or territorial qualification certificate
  • Offer letter from employer to demonstrate the applicant’s qualified offer of arranged employment and to ensure that the applicant meets program requirements and to screen for fraud concerns.
  • Proof of funds to confirm if the applicant meets the low income limit (LICO)
  • Using a Representative Form [IMM 5476] by appointing a representative to do business on behalf of the applicant and his or her family members
  • Marriage certificate or proof of de facto union and cohabitation to validate marital status claims.
  • Divorce certificate and legal separation agreements.
  • Death certificates to validate the claim of death of a spouse or common-law partner
  • Adoption certificate to validate claims that a dependent child is adopted
  • If you require any of these documents based on your personal circumstances and do not provide them, your applications will be considered incomplete.

Tips for Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation should be collected as soon as possible, as once an applicant is invited to apply, they will only have 60 days to submit the full application for permanent residence.

Additionally, applicants should ensure that documents are of high quality, easy to read, and appropriately named. IRCC requires that all documents not in English or French be accompanied by an official translation or a certified copy of the original English or French document.

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reference: www.cicnews.com

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