Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Can I have more than one Express Entry profile?
A. No. You may only have one profile at a time. This is set out in Canada’s immigration law. Creating more than one profile will not give you a better chance at being invited or allow you to be invited under a different program.

Q. Do I need an Educational Credential Assessment to apply under Express Entry?
A. To get points for your education under the Comprehensive Ranking System, you must either: have been educated in Canada, or have a valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes for your completed foreign education.

Q. I am a native English or French speaker. Why do I need to take a language test for Express Entry?
A. Canada assesses everyone using the same standards, no matter their language of origin, nationality or ethnicity. Every candidate must take a standard test by an objective third party. This is to make sure your language skills are assessed in a fair and unbiased way. Even someone from an English-speaking country, who speaks English as a first language, needs to take a test. Likewise, someone from a French-speaking country, who speaks French as a first language, needs to take a test.

Q. What kind of language test can I use for Express Entry?
A. For English: CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program – CELPIP-General; IELTS: International English Language Testing System – General Training. For French: TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français; TCF Canada : Test de connaissance du français

Q. I accidently withdrew my Express Entry profile. How can I fix this?
A. If you withdrew your profile, you will need to create a new one if you want to enter the pool. You will have to meet the Express Entry requirements in place at that time.

Q. I already submitted my Express Entry profile. Can I still update it?
A. If you weren’t found eligible, you won’t be able to update your profile. You’ll have to create a new profile. Be sure your profile is complete and correct before you submit it. If your profile was found eligible for the pool, you can still update it after you’ve submitted it.

Q. In an Express Entry profile, should I only include the minimum work experience needed to qualify for one of the programs, or should I include more?
A. To qualify for the broadest range of programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you should include work experience for the last 10 years. We also need this information for an application for permanent residence, no matter which program you are applying under.

Q. If my Express Entry profile expires, will the system keep my information?
A. No, the system will not keep your information. We had planned to allow the system to save profile information, so it would be easier to complete a new profile when the first one expired. If your profile is about to expire, you must complete and submit a new one if you want to stay in the Express Entry pool. You can save screen shots of your profile to make it easier to re-enter your data.

Q. Can I be eligible for more than one program under Express Entry?
A. Yes. Depending on the information in your profile, you may be eligible for more than one program through Express Entry.

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