Express Entry, the popular points-based system that allows skilled workers to apply for permanent residency based upon factors such as age, language fluency, education, work experience etc., is currently one of the most applied to programs in the world.
Because of the large number of potential applicants, there is a lot of exchange of information online- most of it accurate but much of it also giving rise to self-construed myths and plenty of confusion.
There are several widespread misconceptions about Express Entry which often complicate a very simple process. This prevent people from taking action or delays action because they have inaccurate information.
Here are three of the most common myths about Express Entry to Canada. Hopefully, this will provide some clarity and assistance in the process.
Myth #1: There is an occupation list
Many potential applicants believe that there is still a valid occupation list for the Federal Skilled Worker’s Program -meaning only people within certain occupations can apply. This is false.
The occupation list is no longer applicable. Basically, there are points for the number of years of work experience you have but none associated with a certain occupation. You must classify your occupation/experience by choosing a National Occupation Code which will be included in your Express Entry profile, but there are no separate points for one occupation over the other and most skilled occupations are acceptable.
Applicants should generally have 1-year or more of work experience, a university education, be fluent in English and/or French, and be within a certain age bracket. Other factors also matter such as family in Canada, whether the individual or his/her spouse has ever studied or worked in Canada, etc.
Provincial Nominee Programs can choose applicants on the basis of occupation, to fulfill labor shortages in their own province. Some provinces have an in-demand labor occupation list, but we emphasize again, that there is none for Express Entry.
Myth #2: You need a job offer prior to applying
If you have a valid full-time job offer, that can get you extra points. However, it is not necessary for you to have a job offer when applying for Express Entry as most applicants look for jobs after moving to Canada.
Having a job within a short period of time after you move can definitely make the move easier though- and that’s where Pursuit can help! Pursuit’s Immigration Coaches specialize in taking you through the application and settling in process with ease and guaranteeing success along the way!
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Myth #3: Express Entry cutoff scores will only get higher
Plenty of people stress about Express Entry cutoff scores as they are sometimes volatile and it becomes difficult for potential applicants to anticipate whether they will make the cut or not. However, trends show that cutoff scores vary and sometimes are a lot lower in the next draw, compared to previous draws.
It depends on the number of applicants Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada plans on drawing in that particular draw and the scores of applicants in the pool. For example, if IRCC plans on drawing the top 3,000 applicants and the last applicant in that pool which comes under the top 3,000 has a score of 430, then the cutoff score will be 430 for that particular draw. It can be higher or even lower in the next draw.
As mentioned above, provinces also select applicants based on occupation rather than their scores in the Cumulative Ranking System. Hence, applicants who are working in occupations demanded by certain Canadian provinces may still have a chance to move to Canada within a short period of time if nominated- despite not meeting the cutoff score.
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