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Express Entry Mistakes to Avoid When Submitting your Permanent Residency Application

Canada's Express Entry system is a popular pathway for skilled immigrants to become permanent residents of the country. This points-based system is designed to assess your eligibility based on factors like age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. While Express Entry offers a promising opportunity, it's essential to avoid common mistakes that could hinder your application's success.

The Express Entry system is done fully online, and applicants must submit their applications directly through the online GCKey. Those who submit an application are reviewed for completeness by an officer. If anything is missing, the application is returned as incomplete and the applicant has to redo the application.

Below I’ve included some of the reasons that applicants are returned as incomplete:

1. Inadequate Language Test Scores

Language proficiency in either English or French are required in Express Entry. Tests results at the time of application must not be dated older than two years, applicant often miss this crucial step and applications are returned as incomplete as a result.

Language test results must also be the general version of the exam, using Academic versions will see the application cancelled as incomplete.

2. Incorrectly Calculating Points

The Express Entry system assigns points for various factors, including age, education, work experience, and adaptability. Mistakes in calculating your CRS score can result in an inaccurate representation of your eligibility. One of the most common mistakes we see are incorrectly claiming job offer points. Only certain applicants can claim the 50 or 200 points for a job offer in Express Entry. If you have overcalcualted your points, and you do not meet the minimum cut off points for your round of invitation, the application will be refused.

3. Educational Credential Assessments

If you are using a foreign degree to count points for your education points, then you need to include an ECA report with your application. You report must have been issued within the last 5 years at the time you submit the application, and it must have been done for immigration purposes.

4. Misrepresenting Information

Honesty is paramount in the Express Entry process. Providing false information or misrepresenting your qualifications can lead to serious consequences, including application rejection, a ban from reapplying, or even deportation if you are already in Canada. Even a month’s gap in information can result in the application being cancelled as incomplete. As such, throughly checking your information is a must when preparing your Express Entry application forms.

5. Missing Deadlines

Express Entry applications have specific deadlines for submission. Often during processing, IRCC will request biometrics, they can also request other information, often with very quick (5 days) deadlines. As such, it’s important to keep an eye on your application, as a missed deadline will result in your application being cancelled.

The Express Entry system provides an excellent opportunity for skilled immigrants to make Canada their permanent home. However, the application process can be complex, and common mistakes can jeopardize your chances of success. To avoid these pitfalls, be diligent, seek professional advice if needed, and ensure that you thoroughly understand the requirements and guidelines of the Express Entry program. By doing so, you can increase your chances of receiving a posiitive response under the program and increasing your odds of success at acheiving Canadian Permanent Residency.

Don't let avoidable errors stand in the way of your Canadian Permanent Residency dreams. Contact us today and let us assist you on your journey to a new life in Canada. To book a call with one of our experts, please visit our website at


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