Immigrating to a new country can be a bit scary and overwhelming when you don’t know exactly what to do and what to expect of the process. We’ve come up with a 12-step plan for immigrating to Canada through their Express Entry Immigration system.
You will need an immigration and citizenship representative to:
• explain and give advice on your immigration or citizenship options
• help you choose the best immigration program for you
• fill out and submit your immigration or citizenship application
• communicate with the Government of Canada on your behalf
• represent you in an immigration or citizenship application or hearing
2. Create your online profile with Canada Express Entry
Foreign nationals wishing to express their interest in going to Canada must complete an online profile in their account. The profile is a dynamic form that asks the candidate about their age, work experience, education, language, adaptability, spouse or common-law partner (if applicable) and family composition. This information is self-declared and not verified by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at this stage (i.e., no supporting documents are requested in support of an Express Entry profile).
3. Get your forms and guides
There are a vast number of different forms and guidance documents to process if you are immigrating to Canada. You could take on this Mammoth task yourself, but you run the risk of submitting incomplete or incorrect documentation. It is best to assign this task to an experienced immigration practitioner.
4. Complete your forms
Again it is in your best interest to ask your immigration agent to fill in the forms. Your immigration agent will set up an interview with you and gather the information needed. He will also ask you to supply certain supporting documents and he/she may put you into contacts that can help you obtain your documents.
5. Pay your fees
Your immigration agent will give you a clear cost breakdown of visa fees and his/her fees. Pay your fees timeously to avoid unnecessary delays which could result in your application being rejected.
6. Keep your Express Entry profile current
Once your Express Entry profile has been created it is your responsibility to keep it up to date. Don’t forget to update it with new addresses and phone number or even new qualifications and experience while you wait for it to be processed.
7. Check processing times
One of the best features of the of the Canada Express Entry Online system is that by logging in to your profile you will be able to track your application in the processing sequence.
8. Get your police clearance
It is not difficult to get your Police clearance but it is necessary in order to prove that you are of good character and is one of Canada’s minimum entry requirements. Do delay getting it for too long as it does take some time to reach you.
9. Get all your medical tests done
Again it is not difficult to get your medical reports in order but it is a basic requirement before your immigration application will even be considered. Canada needs to make sure that new arrivals do not pose a health risk to Canadians and that the migrants will not put undue strain on the country’s medical and social welfare systems.
Tip: Make sure you use a doctor that is authorized to conduct the necessary tests or your report will be useless. Your immigration agent will advise you of a doctor in your area who can do the tests and write a report.
10. Get your proof of Language Proficiency
It is very important to be able to prove your ability to understand, speak, read and write enough English or French to get by in Canada. Proving this requires the applicant to pass an English / French Language Proficiency test at a recognized test centre. Your immigration agent will point you in the right direction.
11. Have your credentials verified by Canadian authorities
An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one.
You may be able to check the status of your immigration or citizenship application online. It could vary depending on what you applied for but under ‘processing times’ on your Express Entry profile you will find the relevant information.