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Processing times

The processing times provide an approximate period to process the application under normal circumstances. This period starts from the date of receiving the application and ends with the final decision on the application. The receipt date of the mail marks the beginning of the processing period if you are sending a paper application. The date of submission is the start date if you apply in person. These factors may influence the processing times:

  • The category of application
  • Completeness of the application
  • Current workload
  • Ease of verifying the information
  • The applicant’s promptness in responding to any query of clarification
  • Other factors

Visit the following link to know more about the processing times:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html

Government Fees

The government fees are the processing fees an applicant must pay while applying. The amount of fees depends upon the type of application. It also depends on the number of accompanying members of the family. These fees are subject to change without notice. The following are five categories of fees, in general:

  • Fees for temporary residence
  • Fees for permanent residence
  • Fees for a Family sponsorship
  • Fees for citizenship
  • Fes for other services and applications

The government fees are separate from the consultation fees that the applicant pays to an immigration counselor or attorney.

Visit the following link to find more about government fees

https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/fees/fees.asp

NOC codes

NOC (National Occupational Classification) is a government-recognized system to standardize occupations. The system assigns a four-digit code to each occupation level. The NOC code considers work experience in the relevant occupation category.

Several economic immigration categories mandate experience according to the specific NOC codes. The system of NOC codes facilitates applicants to select the appropriate code so that they can gather relevant documentation to establish their work experience.

Check the following link to know more about NOC codes

Check the following link to know more about NOC codes

Check Eligibility

All Canadian immigration programs require applicants to meet specific eligibility criteria. It also applies to the three immigration categories under the Express Entry System. These are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

You automatically qualify to apply for Provincial Nomination if you are eligible for any of these immigration categories.

Visit the following to check your eligibility

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/eligibility.html

Check CRS Score

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses the Comprehensive Ranking System tool (CRS) to determine the profile rank of an applicant in the Express Entry pool. The CRS tool takes into account the following factors to arrive at a CRS score:

  • Skills
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Education credentials
  • Language proficiency
  • Work experience
  • Ties to Canada
  • Other factors

There is no fixed CRS score to become eligible for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through the Express Entry draw because the cut-off keeps on fluctuating. Knowing your CRS score helps implement actions to improve ranking.

You can find your CRS score by using the following link

https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/crs-tool.asp

Language Proficiency Requirement

English and French are the two official languages of Canada. Language test results in English and/or French are mandatory while applying for almost all economic immigration categories. Each category of immigration requires a specific test version and particular test results to qualify.

  • The following are the authorized language test providers:
  • International English Language, Testing System (IELTS) for the English language
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) for the English language
  • Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)

The applicants need to submit results only from an authorized organization. The test results should provide separate scores for listening, speaking, writing, and writing abilities.

Visit the following link to know more about Language Proficiency Requirements

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/standard-requirements/language-requirements/test-equivalency-charts.html

Required Settlement Funds

The settlement funds provide a general idea about the applicant’s ability to support the process of resettling to Canada. With a few exceptions like refugee claimants or spousal sponsorship, most economic immigration categories mandate proof of funds. Each immigration category has
specific criteria for the number of settlement funds necessary to qualify. The amount can depend upon the family size, including spouse, common-law partner, and dependent children.

Visit the following link to find more about the required settlement funds

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/documents/proof-funds.html

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