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How does IRCC process express entry Permanent Residence applications?

The processing of Express Entry Permanent Residence applications by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is somewhat distinct from other immigration streams due to its points-based system and faster processing times.

Here's how the IRCC processes Express Entry applications:

  1. Eligibility: Candidates first ensure they are eligible under one of the Express Entry streams: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class.

  2. Profile Creation: Eligible candidates create an online Express Entry profile, providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other details.

  3. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score: Each candidate receives a CRS score based on the information provided. The CRS score determines their ranking in the Express Entry pool.

  4. Invitation to Apply (ITA): IRCC periodically conducts Express Entry draws to invite the highest-ranking candidates to apply for Permanent Residence.

  5. Application Submission: Upon receiving an ITA, candidates have 60 days to submit a complete electronic application for Permanent Residence (e-APR), along with supporting documents.

  6. Application Review: IRCC reviews the application for completeness. If an application is incomplete, it may be refused, and the candidate will have to start over. If complete, the application will be processed.

  7. Background and Medical Checks: Candidates undergo extensive background checks, including criminal and security checks, and medical examinations.

  8. Decision: An IRCC officer reviews the application against the immigration program requirements. If the officer is convinced the candidate meets the criteria, they will approve the application.

  9. Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR): Approved candidates receive a COPR document, which they must present upon arrival in Canada.

  10. Landing in Canada: Candidates must 'land' in Canada to activate their PR status. They can now make arrangements to move to Canada if they are not already in the country.

  11. Receiving PR Card: After landing, new residents will have their PR card mailed to their Canadian address, which serves as an official proof of PR status.

The Express Entry system is designed to process applications in six months or less, although times can vary due to various factors. As a facilitator of immigration processes, Admire Immigration Services Inc. can help clients craft a competitive Express Entry profile, ensure timely and correct submission of their e-APR, and navigate any procedural issues that may arise during the processing period.


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