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Options for expiring Express Entry profile holders

by Michael Scott

What are the options for persons whose Express Entry profiles are expiring? The question is crucial for many and becoming more common inside Canada. There is a chance that they may still receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence but what happens if they do not? As of April 2024, there are more than 200,000 profiles in the federal Express Entry candidate pool who are facing these questions. A recent article in CIC News by Asheesh Moosapeta addresses the concerns of many and is considered in the following.

It is important to know that the information on your profile is not saved after its one-year expiration date. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may have planned on saving the information in the past but that is highly unlikely of happening today. Candidates who have not been issued an ITA have no guarantee that their submission will be saved. It is possible that this may change in the future, and we can all hope for the better but need to face the sad reality that it probably will not happen. Rather, IRCC advises applicants with expiring profiles to create a new profile and remain inside the candidate pool. The federal department recommends that they save their profile information or screenshot to make it easier for re-entry.

The approach to creating a new profile is similar to the procedure you followed in the past but there are some changes to note. The first is that candidates cannot have multiple profiles with the Express Entry pool. Therefore, candidates with expiring profiles must first withdraw their old candidate profile, before submitting a new one.

If you are one of the applicants, IRCC advises you to take the following steps: Sign into the account; go to “View the application submitted” on the main page; then click the “Withdraw profile” link; and click the “Continue” button just below the “Warning” sign “What would you like to do today?”

Once the submission is complete, you should receive a new Express Entry profile number and a new job seeker validation code for the Job Bank. The job seeker validation code confirms that candidates remain in the pool and may apply for jobs the Job Bank. Your potential for selection is confirmed within the Express Entry system.

The first question is to remain inside the pool of potential candidates but the second question is how to increase your chance for selection. Selection is still based on your score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), so the question is how to increase your scores. This is the best way to overcome the barrier because every draw is based upon a cut-off CRS score. The options available to the applicant include the following: increase your score in English or French by retaking IELTS, CELPIP or another acceptable language test; increase your level of education by taking an additional credential or assessing foreign credentials; secure a job offer or be nominated by the province in which you reside; increase employment points or claim spousal points. You may also be eligible for category-based selections.

The options listed are all available to the applicant and many will have checked out these options. The time-honoured way of ensuring that you remain in status inside Canada is to apply to extend your current status, such as changing from a work permit to a visitor. This allows the applicant to remain in status and respond to either the ITA for the Express Entry or a provincial nominee program.

Governments at both the federal and provincial levels should be sensitive to the dilemma many candidates find themselves in. The recent Express Entry draws shows some reason for hope. On April 23, IRCC invited 2,095 candidates with a minimum score of 529 CRS points. This is a 20-point deduction from the 549-point minimum applied in the April 10 draw. Things are happening and hopefully you will be picked or remain eligible for selection. If you can renew your candidate profile or change your status, then consider these options while we hope for reason to prevail and the government authority to introduce new measures to keep candidates inside the country in status or amend the selection process to keep them in status in the country.

Michael Scott is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC, R525678) who has 30 years of experience with Immigration Canada and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. He currently works as a licensed consultant with Immigration Connexion International Ltd. Contact him at 204-691-1166 or 204-227-0292. E-mail: mscott.ici@gmail.com.