Things you should do in your express entry and things you should not

4 things you should do in your express entry profile and things you should not

Things you should do in your express entry and things you should not

Things you should do in your express entry and things you should not

Submitting a profile to the Express Entry pool may seem like a simple process, but it’s important to take the time to get it right. Your CRS score depends on the information you provide in your profile, and your immigration application could depend on a strong CRS score.

Of course, there are always ways to improve your Express Entry score once you’re in the pool. But there are some key things to keep in mind to help you prepare the best possible Express Entry profile.


Candidates who are eligible for one of the programs under Express Entry can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. Their profile is assigned a CRS score, and the highest-ranking candidates are periodically issued invitations to apply for permanent residence.

Once candidates who receive an ITA submit an application for permanent residence through Express Entry, their application is usually processed within six months.


You can include your dependent family members in your Express Entry profile. For Canadian immigration purposes, dependent family members include:

  • Your spouse or common-law partner
  • Your dependent child
  • Your spouse or common-law partner’s dependent child
  • A dependent child of a dependent child

Dependent family members can be included as either ‘accompanying’ or ‘not accompanying’, depending on whether or not they will be immigrating to Canada with you. The key takeaway here is that you must include all of your dependents whether or not they are accompanying you to Canada.

If you fail to include any of your dependents on your application, you will not be able to sponsor them later.


For Canadian immigration purposes, you cannot include you’re:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Brother or sister
  • Uncle or Aunt
  • Nephew or Niece
  • Other relatives

As dependents on your Express Entry profile.


The IELTS is the most common English language proficiency test authorized to evaluate your ability in English for Canadian immigration. They are also one of the largest factors in calculating your CRS score that you can easily improve. Preparing your Express Entry profile for submission is going to take some time. While you’re waiting for your documents to come through, it’s a good idea to prepare for the IELTS.

There are a ton of great online resources to study for the IELTS. We provide free access to an IELTS tutoring service to all of our Express Entry clients to help them prepare. The best thing that you can do, though, is actually retaking the IELTS. At the end of the day, IELTS is a test, and the best practice you can do for any test is to write it.

Language test results are valid for two years, so scheduling your test early on and retaking it, even multiple times, to get a better score could go a long way to helping you immigrate to Canada!


The IELTS, and any other authorized language test, test four language abilities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. When you provide language test results in your Express Entry profile, all four language ability scores must come from a single test. For example, your first test results may be:

Reading: 5.5

Writing: 6.0

Listening: 5.5

Speaking: 6.5

This would correspond to an overall score of CLB 6.

And your second test results may be:

Reading: 6.0

Writing: 6.0

Listening: 6.0

Speaking: 6.0

This would correspond to an overall score of CLB 7.

Even though you technically did better in the ‘Speaking’ ability on your first test, you have to provide all four test results from a single test, and you’re overall score was higher on your second test. Therefore, you’re better off providing the results from your second test in your Express Entry profile.


More is almost always better when it comes to submitting your Express Entry profile. Don’t leave out any information about your employment history just because you don’t feel it’s relevant. Even if you don’t specifically earn points for a particular job, you should still include it in your profile. You won’t lose points for unskilled work, and work that you don’t consider valuable may actually contribute indirectly to the strength of your profile.


At the profile submission stage, you’re asked to provide a lot of information about yourself and your family. Often, you don’t need to provide proof to back up that information until a later stage in the process. But you will need to be able to prove everything that you claim in your profile. So if you don’t understand a question, or aren’t sure about the answer do not guess. Take the time to find the right answer.

If you are found to have misrepresented yourself that can seriously damage your chances of successfully immigrating to Canada.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provide a lot of resources and instructions for completing your Express Entry profile. So many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming.

Take the time to read through all instructions carefully to make sure that your profile is complete and accurate. Mistakes at the profile stage can have a long-lasting impact on your entire immigration file.

Good luck!

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3,500 Express Entry candidates invited in latest invitation round

3,500 Express Entry candidates invited in latest invitation round held on May 9

3,500 Express Entry candidates invited in latest invitation round held on May 9

3,500 Express Entry candidates invited in latest invitation round held on May 9

New Express Entry draw maintains lowest CRS cut-off score of 2018

A new Express Entry draw has issued 3,500 Invitations to Apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score of 441.

Conducted on Wednesday, May 9, the draw maintained both the same number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued and the same CRS cut-off score as the previous invitation round on April 25, which was the lowest CRS cut-off score to date in 2018.

The 3,500 invitations bring the number of ITAs issued so far in 2018 to 28,000. This is the third draw of 2018 to issue 3,500 ITAs following a series of six draws earlier in the year that saw between 2,750 and later 3,000 ITAs issued.

It is worth noting that seven of the first nine draws of 2017 saw more than 3,500 ITAs issued. Given that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set admissions targets for both 2018 and 2019 that surpass the target for 2017, this could result in draw sizes increasing, or draws eventually becoming more frequent, in the months to come.

As we’ve witnessed recently, larger draws can have the effect of lowering the CRS cut-off score, or keeping it lower than smaller draws.

IRCC once again employed its tie-break rule in this latest invitation round. The date and time employed in this round was December 12, 2017 at 01:51:38 UTC.

This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 441, as well as those candidates with scores of 441 who submitted their profile before this time, received an ITA.

“Today’s draw was among the largest of 2018, which was good news for the 3,500 candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Today’s draw was also significantly smaller than some of the draws that we saw in early 2017.”

“We look forward to the upcoming draws and seeing how IRCC will reach its larger targets for this year and next.”

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Immigration Minister Overrides INZ in New Zealand PR Case

Immigration Minister overrides INZ in New Zealand PR case

Immigration Minister overrides INZ in New Zealand PR case

Immigration Minister overrides INZ in New Zealand PR case

New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films.

Iain Lees-Galloway the Immigration Minister of New Zealand has overruled the decision of high-ranking officers of Immigration New Zealand. He has approved New Zealand PR for Mark Middleton. This was after an appeal from the attorney and Sensible Sentencing Trust. They have also demanded compensation for Middleton for the loss of job and legal fees.

Mark Middleton is the stepfather of Karla Cardno a schoolgirl who was murdered, as quoted by the Scoop Co NZ. Scott Guthrie the child abuse Spokesman of Sensible Sentencing Trust said that the trust congratulates the Immigration Minister. He has promptly intervened on the issue, added Guthrie.

It is really commendable that the Immigration Minister has acted swiftly for rectifying obvious injustice. The refusal of PR was yet another injury to the already aggrieved Middleton by the system.

Mark Middleton had lost his dearly loved stepdaughter in the most dreadful manner said the spokesman. He was also hauled up before the courts. Deporting him from New Zealand where he has been residing since the age of 4 would be truly disgraceful, said Guthrie.

The entire issue raises several questions, explained the Spokesman. It must be identified as to who is taking such foolish decisions at INZ. Why did the Immigration require 17 years after Middleton had become a renowned public figure to decide about his illegal status? Why did INZ need 30 years to act on his immigration status after it was identified? These questions were raised by Guthrie.

There was no need to arrest Middleton and they could have obtained the necessary answers from him even without this. He was definitely not absconding, elaborated the Spokesman. There was no need to refuse the disclosing of the immigration status of Middleton, said Guthrie.

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