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Can You Have More Than One Express Entry Profile?

Can You Have More Than One Express Entry Profile?

Can You Have More Than One Express Entry Profile?

December 18, 2023

Embarking on the journey to Canadian permanent residency as a skilled worker starts with completing an Express Entry profile. However, a common question arises: Can you have more than one Express Entry profile?

The answer, according to the Government of Canada’s immigration law, is a firm no. Each applicant is allowed only one active Express Entry profile at a time. The system operates on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), evaluating factors like education, skills, work experience, and language ability to assign scores and ranks within the Express Entry pool.

Creating multiple profiles won’t enhance your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency. The rules are clear: one applicant, one profile.

Duplicate Profiles in the Express Entry Pool: A Growing Trend

In early 2023, a report revealed a significant surge in duplicate profiles in the Express Entry pool. While previous years saw only a few hundred duplicates, the number soared to 29,945 by January 9th, 2023, associated with 10,229 unique candidates.

The report indicated that 70% of cases showed no change in CRS scores between duplicate profiles, suggesting a lack of manipulation. Surprisingly, 53% of duplicates had been inactive for 100 days, hinting that many were abandoned.

The spike in duplicate profiles coincided with the November 16th deadline to update profiles with NOC 2021 information, indicating a response to the regulatory changes. While there’s no clear integrity concern, the sheer volume of duplicates might prompt Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to consider a cleanup.

Eligibility for Express Entry: Meeting the Criteria

To qualify for Express Entry, candidates must align with at least one of the federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

For the FSWP, candidates need:

  • At least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in a skilled occupation.
  • Validated intermediate or better language ability in English or French.
  • Educational credentials and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for candidates educated outside Canada.

Besides meeting the minimum requirements, candidates must score at least 67 points on the FSWP’s points grid.

The CEC targets international students and foreign workers with Canadian work experience, requiring a minimum of one year of relevant work experience and meeting language proficiency criteria.

The FSTP, designed for skilled trades, mandates a minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience, meeting job requirements, having a job offer in Canada for at least 1 year, or possessing a certificate of qualification.

Understanding these criteria is essential for a successful Express Entry journey. Remember, one profile is all you need – quality over quantity prevails.

Unlock Your Express Entry Success with ASI Immigration

Navigating the intricate Express Entry process becomes a seamless journey with ASI Immigration by your side. As a dedicated immigration company, ASI understands the nuances of the Canadian immigration landscape. Their team of experts is committed to guiding you through the complexities, ensuring that your Express Entry profile stands out. From evaluating your eligibility to fine-tuning your application, ASI Immigration provides personalized assistance at every step. Trust in their experience to enhance your chances of receiving that coveted Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency. With ASI Immigration, your  aspirations become not just a goal but a well-executed reality.


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