Answering your questions regarding immigration

Understanding and navigating the immigration process is no easy task! We explain some of the most frequent questions we receive.  Please follow each image to the most appropriate section of your inquiry.

Express Entry FAQ’s

What is "Express Entry"?
  • Express Entry is  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ‘s file management system. Anyone who is applying as a member of the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Provincial Nominee (Express Entry Programs only) or the Canadian Experience Class submits their application through this system.
  • This type of application is a two-step process where you submit your profile into the Express Entry System (if you meet the requirements of one of the qualifying immigration programs) and are then assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System score.
  • You then wait for your score to be selected, at which time you will be issued an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency application
What is "The Express Entry Pool"?

The Express Entry Pool is the database of all eligible Candidates, which have been accepted under the Express Entry file management system. This is where Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada selects people from to apply for Permanent Residency.

How long will an Express Entry application take?
  • The amount of time it will take for you to receive an invitation to apply cannot be guaranteed as it is based on your score and when your score is selected. Some applicants have been selected after 2 days and some have been waiting for over 12 months. There is no guarantee you will ever be selected if your score is too low.
  • Find out more about Express Entry here

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How often is there a draw?

There are no set time frames on when draws occur. Typically they are every two weeks.

What happens if I'm not picked under Express Entry?
  • There is no guarantee that you will be selected from the Express Entry Pool.
  • Your profile is valid for one full year.
  • After the year is up you can create a new profile for another year.
Can I update my Express Entry application after it has been submitted?
  • Yes. Once your Express Entry profile has been submitted and accepted you can make changes such as new IELTS scores, WES reports, new passports etc.

LMIA FAQ’s

What is "LMIA"?

LMIA stands for Labour Market Impact Assessment. An LMIA is a written approval of a Canadian job offer issued by the Canadian Government, issued to a Canadian employer who wishes to hire a foreign worker.

Other FAQ’s

Will my application benefit if I have a close relative in Canada? Which relatives count as close relatives?

For those applying as Federal Skilled Worker you can obtain eligibility points for having one of the following relatives in Canada. They do not provide any additional points on the Comprehensive Ranking System.

Can our pets go with us?

Canada does not quarantine all animals. Cats and dogs can accompany you to Canada without being quarantined as long as they are rabies vaccinated. You will need to complete some additional paper work for the Canada Border Services Agency. Other animals may not be allowed depending on country of origin. You will need to confirm before traveling.

If my visa is issued, how long do I have until I need to go to Canada?

Your visa will have an expiry date. You will need to enter Canada before this expiry date to avoid losing your status. The expiry date should be set for one year from the date you underwent your medical examination.

Do I become a Permanent Resident of Canada as soon as my Canada Immigration Visa is approved?

You become a permanent resident of Canada once you physically land in Canada. If you do not enter Canada before your visa expires, you will not become a Permanent Resident.

Does my work experience have to be related to my education in order to be recognized?

No

Will my application benefit if I have a close relative in Canada? Which relatives count as close relatives?

For those applying as Federal Skilled Worker you can obtain eligibility points for having one of the following relatives in Canada. They do not provide any additional points on the Comprehensive Ranking System.

Will I have to take a medical exam? What will this exam be looking for/what type of tests are done? Will my application be rejected if I have a certain disease or disorder?
  • Those wishing to work, study or immigrate to Canada will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • There will be a physical examination, chest x-ray and blood tests.
  • They are looking for conditions that will pose a danger to Canadians or will cause excessive demand on the health care system.
  • Certain conditions can make you inadmissible to Canada.
Must I take an English or French test in order to be eligible for Express Entry?

Depending on the immigration program you are applying under, you may need to do a language examination. Please refer to program requirements to see if you need to complete a languages test.

Is there a benefit to using an ICCRC-registered Immigration Consultant for immigration to Canada?

Choosing to use a representative is not a mandatory requirement of any Canadian immigration application. However, there are many benefits to hiring an authorized representative. Authorized representatives are trained in Canadian Immigration, attend mandatory yearly courses to keep up to date with changes to the law and requirements, can act on your behalf with the Canadian government and can complete your application on your behalf, saving you time. Authorized representatives are trained in completing all types of immigration applications and know all of the mandatory requirements as well as what goes into a successful application. There are many things that can come up during an application such as custody issues, medical inadmissibility issues and criminal inadmissibility issues that an authorized representative can assist you in overcoming. Authorized representatives also stay on top of all current immigration trends and changes, ensuring that your application is complete and current at the time of submission.

Must I first enter Canada at the destination I indicated on my application form?

No. Depending on the country you are flying from, there may not be a direct flight to your anticipated destination. You need to keep in mind though that certain immigration programs require you to live in your stated destination.

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