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Common Express Entry Permanent Residence Mistakes you should Avoid

Updated: Jan 6

Applying for Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada through the Express Entry program can be a complicated process. The Express Entry system is designed to streamline the application process and make it easier for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada. However, applicants often make mistakes during the application process that can lead to their application being rejected or delayed. In this blog post, we will discuss the most common Express Entry PR application mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Incorrect NOC Code Selection

One of the most common mistakes is selecting the wrong National Occupational Classification (NOC) code. The NOC code determines your eligibility for specific jobs in Canada. Selecting the wrong code could result in your application being rejected or delayed. It is important to ensure that it is aligned with the lead Statement, Job Description as well as educational qualification on the National Occupation Code Classification. Don’t choose a NOC code solely based on your job title.

2. Inconsistent Information With Previous Canadian Immigration Application

If you have applied to Canada before, remember Canada keeps records. Therefore any unexplained inconsistencies with your application can lead to a refusal or even a ban due to misrepresentation. See below a procedural fairness letter a permanent residence applicant received and booked our Procedural fairness Response Service for us to assist with a response to address the visa officer's concerns

We worked with this client to successfully address those concerns and her permanent residence application was approved. See our client's detailed review after this tough PFL case was a success.

3. Non-Disclosure of Previous Refusal

Applicants who have previously been refused, banned, deported, denied entry or any complex immigration situation in Canada or any other country must disclose this information in their application. Failing to disclose a previous refusal could result in your application being rejected and even up to a 5-year ban.

4. Employment Reference Letter

An employment reference letter is a vital part of the Express Entry PR application process. The letter must include your job title, job duties, salary, and employment start and end dates. It must also be aligned with the NOC code you selected. Make sure that your employment reference letter is provided on official company letterhead and signed by an authorized signatory. In addition, proof of salary payment would also be an asset to your application.

5. Insufficient Proof of Funds (POF) for Your Family Size

Applicants are required to provide proof of funds to support themselves and their family members in Canada. The amount of funds required depends on the size of your family. Failing to provide sufficient proof of funds could lead to a refusal. Below is POF required based on family Size. Funds should be available in cash. Six Months Bank Statement is required in most cases. Ensure you explain any suspicious large deposits.

In conclusion, applying for Permanent Residence through Express Entry can be a complicated process, but by avoiding these common mistakes, you can increase your chances of success. Make sure that all information in your application is accurate and up-to-date.

When In doubt, schedule a Permanent residence Consultation with one of our Licensed and Experienced Immigration consultants. if you have received an ITA and need assistance finalizing your application, Contact us.

By taking these steps, you can maximize your chances of being selected for PR in Canada.

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