Express Entry Pool

Your best chance to enter Canada

You can’t swim unless you get into the pool. For prospective immigrants to Canada, that ‘swim’ means an invitation to apply for Permanent Residency from Canada’s Express Entry Pool.

First, you have to get into the pool. Then you must be selected from among those who are in the pool.

From time to time throughout the year, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts a ‘draw’ from among candidates eligible for Permanent Residency from a group of qualified applicants called the Express Entry Pool. That is the pool you need to be in.

Upper Canada Immigration Consultants conducts individualized assessments for our clients. This provides guidance for candidates and identifies necessary steps to  become eligible to enter the pool. Once in the pool, we work with our clients to increase their overall CRS score, if necessary and to identify other avenues to augment their chances of receiving an Invitation to apply for Permanent Residency.

Achieving an Invitation to Apply
Here’s how you’ll feel if you are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency in Canada. The key to getting that ITA is to work with us to maximize your score.

There have now been 13 draws from the pool of candidates for 2018. The last draw in 2018 (June 25, 2018) with a threshold of 442 points resulted in 3,750 candidates receiving an ITA . That coveted ITA brings an applicant  to the point at which the applicant must either decline the offer and re-start the process (for reasons such as a change in circumstances that would have reduced their CRS points) or submit an application for permanent residency within 60 days of receiving the invitation. As of June 20,  there were 1,731  candidates  sitting in the pool with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores  of between 441 -450 points, and 8,030 with scores between 431-440.

  • As of June of 2017, candidates with a sibling  who is a permanent resident or citizen, residing in Canada  now receive 15 additional points, placing value once again on the adaptability factor;
  • Those who can prove proficiency in French also benefit from the change with a possible additional 15 or 30 points;
  • Candidates with a qualifying job offer can earn either 50 or 200 points;
  • Candidates with a provincial nomination certificate earn 600 points

Professionals and Skilled Trades

Looking ahead, it is a promising time for professionals, skilled trades and those individuals with Canadian education to apply to come to Canada under one of the economic class programs. Express Entry provides the gateway to permanent residency for those with education, skills, work experience and a dream to start a new and prosperous life in Canada. It ranks candidates out of a total possible 1200 points, based on factors that indicate the likelihood of individuals succeeding economically in Canada.

With another special draw for skilled trades people on November 1st, it appears that fall and winter  of 2017 will be very fruitful months for those who have gained entry to the pool, and maximized their score. Now is the time to take action. E-mail Andrea Seepersaud to get started. We’ll send you a questionnaire to help  us understand your situation and intention. Our initial conversation will let you know if you are a high-probability applicant. If you are, and you retain us, we’ll work with you to help you get into the pool. From the pool you may be eligible  to apply for a provincial nominee program, which will earn you an additional 600 points, and an almost certainty of receiving an ITA.

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