I started to create my profile right after getting my WES evaluation and IELTS result. It took me awhile to obtain both the requirements. These two, I can say is the most important requirement to start the process, and it got easier after that.
Submission of your Express Entry Profile is a crucial step in applying as a skilled Immigrant to Canada. Think of it as a resume or curriculum vitae, this online form will contain all your information including your level of education, work experience, and your personal details e.g. your age, marital status, family members, funds etc. Based on this, you will be provided a score and you will be ranked with the rest of the applicants.
In this blog, I will be sharing my experience on how I created and submitted my profile. These are the procedures that I followed based on the information I have read from the Canada Immigration website.
STEP 1: GATHERING THE REQUIREMENTS
Before you start creating your profile, make sure you have the following:
- Education Credential Assessment Report – Click here for more information
- Language Test Result –Click here for more information
- Passport / Travel document
- Personal Reference Code – this code can be obtained when you use the Come to Canada Tool. This code is an alpha numeric code in a format (e.g. XE1111111111)
STEP 2: CREATE AN ACCOUNT USING A GC KEY OR SIGN IN PARTNER
When you have all the necessary requirements, you need to Register and acquire a GC key or use a sign in partner for logging in to the Express Entry System. To create your account, you can find the link here . You must follow the instructions on creating an account. Make sure to write down your username and password and keep it safe at all times.
STEP 3: INPUTTING YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS
Once the account is successfully created, you will then be required to enter your personal details. All the information that you will be providing must be true and accurate. The details that you declare in your profile can make or break your application. In short, there are no room for mistakes.
You can save your application and come back to edit it afterwards. You have 60 days to submit the profile. If not submitted within 60 days, you have to start over again.
STEP 4: WAITING FOR THE DRAW RESULTS
Once submitted, you can now join the pool of applicants. The draws are held a couple of times a month. Make sure that you check the results from time to time. Click this link for the updated cut off score.
For me, waiting is the most dreadful part of the process. It requires a lot of patience and you must always think positive and hope for the best. There’s no harm in trying, so I urge my fellow pinoys to try it. It requires minimal amount of cash, plus you can do it on your own, I mean, I don’t discourage consulting agencies, but the process is pretty much straight forward and the steps can be found online. For more information, visit the Canada Government Website.