Express Entry [Made Easy]

Yes, you have come to the right place. Express Entry is not that complex process, as the agents in your town have made it appear to you. Even though Express Entry Program is not the only way to fulfill your Canadian Dream, but it is the fastest way for sure. As you are here, i can assume that you have made your mind to permanently move to Canada. However, i would suggest, if you find any of the symptoms discussed in article: don't come to Canada, than better give a second thought.

Alright, now that you are pretty determined to make the final move, i would recommend stop worrying, and spend a while to join Shere Canada - Canadian PR / Express Entry Forum. Now, relax, just go through the steps mentioned underneath and you would find, that you don't need an agent at all. Any specific that you have regarding the PR process, just post it in the group.

Express Entry /Permanent Residency Program Simplified


Step 1: Take IELTS General or CELPIP
Attain CLB 9 (Band score of 8777 in LRWS). CLB 9 gives you additional language points boost of 50–60 points. If you are able to reach the score of 440+ without CLB 9, that is fine too.
Cost - Approx 13000 INR / 200 CAD every time you take IELTS.

Step 2: Get your ECA done (6–8 weeks)
ECA is Education Credential Assessment. It is done by multiple organisations (WES/ICAS/IQAS ETC ) and provides you the Canadian equivalent degree assessment of your native country education.
Cost - Approx 15000 INR / 285 CAD

Step 3: Create EE (Express Entry) profile
Create profile on CIC website using Gckey with your attained IELTS score and ECA. Making a profile enters you in the pool of candidates waiting for the ITA (Invitation to Apply). Make sure all the information mentioned in the profile is accurate as you will be asked to provide proof of all that information once you are selected.
Cost - 0 INR

Step 4: Wait for the ITA
Wait for the draws to reach your score and receive ITA afterwards. The ROI (Rounds of Invitation) happens almost twice a month. The Canadian govt declares the min cut off score of the EE profile and all the candidates having that score or score more than that will get ITA. The score varies and is tweaked to meet the usual 3350–4000 applicants quota per ROI.
Cost - 0 INR

Step 5: Post ITA
You get 2 months (60 days) to submit your documents (Yes, earlier it was 90 days, but now it has been reduced). After candidates receive ITA, they are supposed to provide documents and proofs of all the information mentioned in their profile along with few others. The documents/information needed from the candidates are as follows:
  1. Scan of Travel Document (Passport) of all applicants
  2. Digital Photograph of all applicants
  3. Proof of Employment of primary applicant
  4. Proof of Funds of primary applicant
  5. Proof of Medical of all applicants
  6. Proof of Education & IELTS of all applicants
  7. Police Clearance Certificate (From all countries where you have resided for 6 months or more) of all applicants.
Cost - Varies as Medical cost, PCC fees, Notarization fees etc varies on location. Ideally, all expenses should be covered within 15000 INR / 300 CAD per applicant.

Step 6: Submit documents, pay Immigration Fee and wait for the PPR
After submitting the documents and paying the Immigration fees, the Canadian Immigration officers verifies the documents and information provided. This generally takes 4-6 months depending on the application type, countries a person has resided in and most importantly, the immigration visa office where the application has been sent for processing and how much application backlog is there.
Cost - 54282 INR / 1050 CAD x No. of Applicants in the application. (7750 INR / 150 CAD For Minor dependents)

Step 7: PPR received.
Submit Passport and get Canada CoPR (Confirmation of PR). Once the documents are verified, candidates are intimated about the result of their application via mail. On successful processing, candidates are required to submit the passports of all the applicants for the Visa Stamping and CoPR. Passport is being sent by VFS Global and would cost around 1500 INR / 30 CAD per passport. The stamped passport are returned to the designated address within 7 days along with 2 copies of CoPR.
Cost - Approx 1500 INR / 30 CAD x No. of Applicants

Step 8: Reach Canada on CoPR and apply for PR card
Applicants are supposed to travel to Canada within the tenure mentioned on the passport. The tenure is generally till the time passport is valid or till medical proof is valid, whichever is earlier. In any case, visa will not be for more than 1 year. Applicants are supposed to plan their travel, temporary or permanent migration to Canada within the Visa timelines and submit one copy of CoPR at the time of landing. The other copy is stamped and returned. Submitting CoPR means that Candidates have successfully landed in Canada and this in turn initiates the PR card application for each applicant.
Cost - Travel Cost of each applicant

Step 9: Receive PR card (2–3 months)
Official PR Card processing time is 45–65 days and the PR card will be couriered to the address given by the applicants at the time of their landing. The address has to be a Canadian address. PR Card will be delivered to the address within 50–80 days. In case you have performed soft landing (temporary migration) just to fulfill the landing formalities before the Visa expires, you can request any friend coming to your native country to bring along your PR card. PR cards are not couriered outside Canada and have to be delivered in person in such scenarios.

Step 10: You are Canadian PR
Once you have your PR card, you are officially a Canadian PR. PR card is provided with validity of 5 years. A person is supposed to live in Canada for 730 days in consecutive 5 years to continue his/her PR card for next 5 years after the expiry. If a person has stayed in Canada for more than 1095 days in consecutive 5 years, he/she is eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.

Some Acronyms Frequently Used in this article & during Visa Processing:

CLB - Canadian Language Benchmark
ECA - Education Credential Assessment
EE - Express Entry
ROI - Round of Invitations
ITA - Invitation to Apply
CoPR - Confirmation of Permanent Residency
PPR - Passport Request
PR - Permanent Resident (Residency)

Easy, isn't it ? Feel free to post any query in the group. Hundreds of co-applicants, moderators, experts are waiting to crush your doubts and easing your way to Canada.

In the meanwhile, go to Shere Canada facebook page and hit like, to get all the latest news, draws, CRS cut off scores and what not. You can also follow us on other social media platforms.

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