How to submit the Best Express Entry Application!

February 19, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Canada’s Express Entry is a fast and effective points-based online immigration system that ranks applicants’ profiles against each other. The highest-ranking candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in periodic draws. The first step to apply is to assess your eligibility and, subsequently, create your Express Entry profile. 

Why is Express Entry the Best Immigration System? 

Express Entry Immigration to Canada Other Immigration Programs
Easy points-based system  First come, first serve
Online based application Paper-based application
Fastrack immigration in as little as 6 months! Can take up to 2 years 
Can edit your profile anytime to increase your score Have to re-submit if you want to add anything new to your profile

5 Tips to Create the Best Express Entry Profile

1. Assess Your Eligibility

The initial eligibility assessment is an extremely important step in your Canadian immigration process through Express Entry that is often overlooked. The eligibility assessment gives you an accurate and detailed account of your chances to immigrate to Canada. This gives you more time to analyze the various factors impacting your Comprehensive Ranking System score (CRS) and to take the necessary steps to improve your score. On top of that, with MDC, your eligibility assessment will be reviewed by a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) who narrows down which of the 100 Canadian Immigration programs you qualify for. By the time you’ve completed your eligibility assessment with MDC, you’ll be ready to create the perfect profile that will help you qualify for an ITA at the earliest possible time.

2. Apply Early to Improve Your CRS Score

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Is Canadian immigration something you’ve been considering for a while now, but you have not taken the first step to start the process yet? Understandably, immigration is a big life decision. But the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to move to Canada.  Why? The CRS grants the highest score, 110 points (100 if applying for Express Entry with an accompanying spouse) if your age is between 20 and 29 years. After you turn 30, the number of points you can receive for Human Capital Ranking drops off quite significantly.  While you may also be delaying submitting a profile to gain more work experience or qualification, you might have an age penalty. Remember, your Express Entry profile is valid for one year, but there’s nothing stopping you from submitting again if it expires before you receive an ITA.

3. Boost Your Language Proficiency

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Language proficiency is not only one of the most important parts of your Express Entry profile, but it can also increase your chances of securing a job in Canada as an international employee. Before you submit an Express Entry profile or apply for a job, you must take an IELTS (English) or TEF (French) language test. Your results will determine your initial eligibility. But, it’s important to note that meeting the minimum eligibility requirement may actually not be enough to have a competitive profile. A good score can really set your profile apart from the rest and it’s much easier than improving your educational requirements.  The test measures your proficiency in English under the following four categories: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practice for IELTS even if you’re a native English speaker.  If you are interested, you can find our comprehensive IELTS preparation course here. 

4. Get an Education Credentials Assessment (ECA)

You can earn up to 150 CRS points depending on your level of education. However, your level of education won’t matter if you don’t have an ECA to prove it. An ECA basically evaluates how your degree compares to the one you would earn in Canada. For this reason, you will earn points for the Canadian equivalent of your degree.  While most candidates only need to have their highest earned degree assessed, it may be a good idea to get all of your post-secondary credentials assessed to make sure you’re claiming as many CRS points as possible. 

5. Foreign Work Experience is an Immigration Kickstarter

The CRS uses the National Occupation Classification (NOC) framework to assign points for work experience. The NOC framework consists of a skill level and four-digit code for every occupation in the labor market. Identifying your NOC code before creating your Express Entry profile is extremely important for a variety of reasons, one being that you may be eligible to apply for a Provincial Nominee if your occupation is in-demand in a specific Canadian province. A Provincial Nominee grants you more CRS points! For Express Entry, only work experience classified as Skill Type 0, Level A, or Level B is considered eligible as foreign work experience. 

How we can help you submit a perfect Express Entry Profile

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Trying to submit a perfect Express Entry Profile with all of the correct documents can be difficult if you go at it alone. There are many techniques and immigration streams that you may not be aware of that could open a way to Canada for you, your spouse or your family.  That is why it’s better to start your immigration journey with the assistance of Canadian Immigration Professionals, who will guide you through the complicated process and handle your paperwork on your behalf to ensure that your chances of immigration are optimized every step of the way.