This article will explore some common mistakes that applicants make when applying for Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada through the Express Entry program, and how to avoid them
1. Wrong NOC Code
One common mistake is selecting the wrong National Occupational Classification (NOC) code for the specific job. It is important to choose a NOC code that matches the lead statement, job description, and educational qualification on the NOC classification.
2. Disclosing Previous Travels, Immigration Application, and refusals
Another mistake is failing to disclose a previous refusal, ban, deportation, or denial of entry in Canada or any other country. This omission could have grave consequences that could not only result in a rejection but also a 5-year ban due to misrepresentation.
3. Deficient Reference Letter
Providing an inadequate employment reference letter is a common mistake. An employer support letter must include the job title, duties, salary, and employment dates. The letter should be on an official company letterhead, signed by an authorized person, and aligned with the NOC code.
4. Insufficient Proof of Funds
Providing sufficient proof of funds to support oneself and one’s family in Canada is important. The amount of funds required depends on the family size and the bank statement should cover six months. Any large deposits should be explained.
5. Delaying Submission
It is important to submit the application within the 60 days of receiving the ITA. Therefore, it is important to acquire supporting documentation as soon as possible, especially documents which could be delayed like Police Clearances.
6. Wrong or Missing ECA (Education Credential Assessment)
Failing to provide an ECA from a designation organization demonstrating that foreign credentials are consummate to Canadian standards. It is common to obtain one that is for academic and not for immigration purposes or from an organization that is not designated by IRCC.
7. Missing points
Failing to include all factors such as French language skills, siblings, arranged employment, or work experience can lead to a loss in vital points.
8. Wrong Language Test Results
A common mistake is submitting expired, invalid or low language test that is not correct for category. It is also common to input by mistake the wrong codes or results. It is important to verify language results are valid and correct.
9. Failing to provide required documents
It is important to submit a complete application package without missing or inaccurate documents. It is crucial to review checklists and submit all required documents correctly.
Hiring a legal proffesional to assist with your application is crucial to ensure meeting all requirements and avoid common mistakes.
Disclaimer: This article is for general information purposes only and it is not intended as legal advice. The information is not a substitute for professional legal advice, and it may not be appropriate for you. Do not rely solely on this blog. Always do your own research and due diligence. Immigration laws and regulations can change over time. It is important to consult with a qualified immigration lawyer if you are unsure how to proceed.