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September 5, 2018

This Week’s Success Story: Express Entry Profile, Can I Go At It Alone?

Posted by Fabiola Arevalo - Bellissimo Law Group PC

Another law firm blog about how their assistance made all the difference? Yes indeed!

But I know many people who applied and managed it on their own? Yes, that’s true.

So, what’s your point? Well many people who could have qualified did not because they tried on their own.

How do you know that? Well, because we see it often and keep in mind we see only those that decide to reach out after failing. We cannot know how many out there just mistakenly gave up.

Many people think that creating a profile on Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) portal is easy. For some people, it might be, but not for all. If one wants to make sure the profile takes into consideration every relevant aspect of the person’s life, including education, work history, travels, etc., then hiring a law firm with a proven track of multiple success stories might be a good idea.

Work history for one is very tricky.  Many questions arise.  Do I list every period of employment or self-employment? Can I not mention certain periods of employment to qualify for one of the programs (Federal Skilled Worker – FSW – Canadian Experience Class – CEC – Federal Skilled Trades – FST) and enhance my chances of being drawn from the pool of applicants?

The answer is “it depends” on many factors, that are too lengthy to describe here. One thing is sure – you do not need to list every period of employment in your work history, but you must list everything on the personal history section.

We recently were approached by one person who created his own profile, but was not sure whether it was correct or not. We checked the profile and the score was rather low in comparison to what the previous draws and what the law indicated the person should score.  We had some ideas and the client retained. The client implemented some of the recommendations on how to increase the score and only one week after submitting the profile on the IRCC express entry portal, the client was invited to submit the full application (eAPR). He was very pleased with the result and hired us to help him with the second stage of his application as well.  It is not always as straight forward as it seems.  So, your most important decision may be to go at it alone or to reach out for professional assistance.  Therefore, before giving up it may be worth a call.  Good luck!

For more information on Express Entry, please click here.