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Can I Have More Than One Express Entry Profile?

Express Entry Profile

Many potential immigrants wonder if they can create more than one Express Entry profile to increase their chances of being selected! –  Express Entry is a popular immigration system in Canada that manages the applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs.

It’s a points-based system that considers factors such as Age, Education, Work experience, and Language proficiency. We shall explore the rules and considerations surrounding having multiple Express Entry profiles.

⏩One-Profile Policy

It’s crystal clear: having more than one active Express Entry profile is a no-go. 

This rule is enshrined in Canadian immigration law and for good reason. 

However, it is possible for applicants to submit a new profile with a new GCKey. A GCKey is a unique electronic credential (username and password) that allows an applicant to access online government services.

However multiple Express Entry profiles inflate the federal pool, potentially hindering fair chances for others and skewing the selection process. Duplicate profiles not only jeopardize fairness but also delay processing for everyone and waste resources of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

⏩Duplicate Profiles in Express Entry Pool

Some may create a duplicate profile in the hope of increasing their chances of qualifying

A Strategic Policy and Planning report identified 29,945 duplicate Express Entry profiles associated with 10,229 unique candidates as of January 9th, 2023. 

However, the report observed that in 70% of instances, there was no change in Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between any two profiles of a candidate.

IRCC emphasizes that creating more than one profile will not give you a better chance at being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency, nor will it enable you to be invited under a different program.

⏩Scope of Canadian Immigration via Express Entry in 2024

2024 presents a promising outlook for Canadian immigration via Express Entry. Increased targets, targeted draws, and ongoing program adjustments offer various avenues for skilled workers. With ambitious annual immigration targets and ongoing program adjustments, exciting opportunities lie ahead for qualified candidates. 

Here’s a breakdown of the scope:

Increased Target:  Canada aims to welcome 110,700 permanent residents through Express Entry in 2024, marking a significant increase from previous years. This signifies a strong commitment to attracting skilled talent and bolstering the economy.

Category-Based Draws:  Introduced in mid-2023, category-based draws are expected to continue, focusing on specific professions or areas of expertise in high demand. This presents targeted opportunities for skilled workers in fields like healthcare, technology, and skilled trades.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):  Collaboration with PNPs is crucial. While Express Entry manages the pool, provinces can invite candidates aligned with their specific labor needs. Researching PNP priorities in your desired province can significantly improve your chances.

Focus on Canadian Experience:  The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) within Express Entry grants high CRS points to candidates with Canadian work or study experience. Prioritizing the Canadian experience might continue, making it advantageous for those who have already gained a foothold in the country.

Adapting to Labor Market Needs:  IRCC regularly analyzes labor market trends and adjusts Express Entry accordingly. New occupations or education qualifications might be added to the priority list, opening doors for previously ineligible candidates. For example, self-employed healthcare professionals, and truck drivers became eligible for Express Entry recently. 

⏩Eligibility for Express Entry

Instead of duplicating profiles, focus on building a strategic and robust single Express Entry profile. Here’s a breakdown of the main requirements:

Skills:  Relevant education / training / skills can earn you more CRS points. 

Language Proficiency:  Working proficiency in English or French is crucial. 

Work Experience:  Relevant work experience in a skilled trade can earn you points. 

Provincial Nomination:  Candidates with prior provincial nominations receive additional CRS points.

Age:  Younger candidates receive more points.

Arranged Employment:  If you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you can earn extra CRS points.

Spouse or Common-law Partner:  Adaptability factors of your spouse or common-law partner can add points to your CRS score.

Siblings in Canada:  Having a brother or sister who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can give you additional CRS points.

One strong profile is worth more than several mediocre ones. 

Focus on quality, not quantity, and you’ll be well on your way to getting that Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canada PR!

Consider seeking professional guidance from an Immigration Consultant (RCIC) like CanApprove to navigate the complexities of Express Entry and maximize your chances of success.

Book your free appointment with CanApprove today!

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