Express Entry Application
This document is originally written by Montasir Farhan, M.Eng. (University of Ottawa).
Year of Publication: 2017
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This document is NOT an official guideline. For official guidelines, please consult www.cic.gc.ca. Everything that is mentioned in this document are personal experiences from Bangladeshi students. This should NOT be taken as an official guideline. Neither the writer nor anyone involved in the group have taken any money for this document. This is a FREE peer-to-peer general guideline for Bangladeshi students.
I am sure you all you will research a lot but here is my experience about Express Entry. I got my Invitation to Apply (ITA) in April and got my Passport Request on July 2015, so I am not aware of very recent changes in Express Entry :
You can be invited under both Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Federal Skill Worker (FSW ) even if you just have Canadian Experience. Basic requirement both stream is 1 year skilled work experience but I just had Canadian experience but got invited under FSW
If you are invited , the Invitation to Apply (ITA) will mention which category you are invited under.
I understand if you put fund as 0$ during you application, you will be automatically selected for CEC (Please Research).
When you create a profile, only claim points the jobs you have the supporting documents. For example, you have 1 year of Canadian Experience (you have letter + pay stub + tax document + bank statement) and 2 years of experience from Bangladesh (only offer letter, no other supporting document) . I will advise to claim points for those for which you have strong evidence. Ask your self you if Visa Officer (VO) will be convinced.
For the job letter, make sure :
The job description matches your NOC code
Have the information CIC requires in the job reference letter
Salary in the job letter and that of T4 matches
After you get the invitation:
Make sure you have all the important documents scanned
Merge/create/convert PDF with a good software (I have seen pdf did not open, pdf is corrupted, certain page is blank etc etc). Before uploading , make sure you to test with different PC, OS.
Take a screenshot of each and every page of the profile especially after uploading the document. Many application were rejected and reopened after candidate raised Case Specific Inquiry (CSE) with CIC. In doing so they attached the screenshot they took.
Some more tips:
Search in google "common reasons why CEC or FSW" get rejected and try not to make same mistake.
Start gathering document 1-2 months before applying. Do not hurry !!
We are happy to spent time researching if you have a complex issue BUT please do not send generic requests like "can you calculate my point", "what document to submit" "Am I eligible for Express Entry " etc etc.
I am eligible for both Provincial Nominee (paper based) as well Express Entry. What should I do?
If you are eligible for both at the same time, apply for EE entry first as it takes only 3-4 month to let you know whether you application is accepted or rejected.
If you already got your PNP and ITA at the same time , its your call . I applied for both at the same time (withdraw one later). I got refund even after I got my AOR in PNP PR application.
PNP certificate has only 6 months validity and once expired it will be very difficult to renew it.
How can I improve my points in Express Entry :
This is the most asked question. Express Entry is based on 4 main criteria: -Age -Highest level of Education -Work Experience -Language ability Of the 4 criteria , first 3 are constant and you can not do much about it. Make sure you score full point in language proficiency section. If you are married and your spouse is in Bangladesh, have his/her Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) done Language chart: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/express-entry/grid-crs.asp
Credential Assessment : http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/credentials/
IELTS CLB Conversion: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/…/language/charts.asp
Calculate your Express Entry Points: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/crs-tool.asp
Change Address while Application in Process: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/change-address.asp
Some important links :