The Requirement to Submit a Complete e-Application
In Express Entry, applicants typically need to submit a complete electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR). They need to do this within 60 calendar days of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The applicants would need to submit the application and all supporting documents electronically. They could do this via the applicants’ MyCIC accounts.
It is worth noting that the authorities assess applications upfront for completeness. Therefore, when they come across incomplete applications, they would reject them [R10]. In addition, they would refund the appropriate fees to the applicants.
Once the authorities assess an application as being complete, the Express Entry six-month processing standard commences. At this time, the authorities promote the application in the Global Case Management System (GCMS). Eventually, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will make a final decision on the application. At this point, the six-month processing standard will conclude.
A complete application would typically comprise:
- The electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR)
- The cost recovery fees and,
- All supporting documentation applicable to the program to which the applicant is applying, along with all the applicant’s personal circumstances
In addition, applicants would need to undergo upfront medical examinations. Thereafter, they would also need to submit all the required Police Certificates (PCs) as part of their complete application. In exceptional circumstances, the processing offices can exhibit some amount of flexibility in accommodating these requirements. This is especially so in cases where delays occur that are beyond the control of the applicants. Officers would need to refer to the Document Checklist section given below for more details.
As mentioned earlier, the processing offices would need to reject applications when they find that the applications are incomplete. In these situations, the processing offices would need to:
- Promote and then cancel the application in the Global Case Management System (GCMS)
- They would need to list “Incomplete Application” in the application status reason field
- Note the reasons for having rejected the application in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) and,
- Refund all fees associated with the application as applicable, including:
- The cost recovery fee and,
- The Right of Permanent Resident Fee (RPRF)
Applicants would need to submit a new Express Entry profile in their MyCIC accounts when they receive their rejected (or incomplete) applications. Only then would the authorities consider them for any future draws.
The Document Checklist
Candidates would need to refer to the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Here, they would be able to find a generic document checklist that contains all the possible documentation requirements. This would enable them to prepare themselves better. This is especially so if they happen to receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
When applicants submit their Applications for Permanent Residence (APRs) in their MyCIC accounts, they will receive a personalised document checklist. This checklist identifies the supporting documents required from each family member specified in the application.
The Translation of Documents
Situations could arise where a supporting document is in a language other than English or French. In this scenario, the applicant would need to provide Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with:
- A copy of the original document and,
- A version translated by a certified translator
Applicants could naturally require further information about this process. Therefore, they would need to refer to the:
- Instruction Guide for Express Entry candidates and,
- Instruction Guide for Express Entry applicants
Source: Citizenship and Immigration
This is applicable for applications received on or after January 01, 2015 for Permanent Residence Programs subject to Express Entry
Applications for Permanent Residence
Express Entry candidates would typically receive invitations to apply for the following programs:
- The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and,
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
These individuals would need to submit their Applications for Permanent Residence (APRs) electronically. This is in accordance with the provisions specified in R12.01 (1).
Initially, candidates would receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) (refer to Appendix A). On receiving this, these candidates would need to check their MyCIC accounts. Ideally, they would find that the option to submit electronic Applications for Permanent Residence (e-APRs) appears in their MyCIC accounts.
The electronic Applications for Permanent Residence (e-APRs) are dynamic forms. They ask questions from the applicant based on the applicant’s profile. Therefore, the system will prompt the applicant with questions concerning the applicant’s spouse only when the applicant declares a spouse in the system.
The system automatically picks up the information specified in the Express Entry profile of an applicant (refer to Appendix B). Thereafter, it pre-populates this information into the applicant’s electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR). As a result, the applicant only needs to verify that the information mentioned is correct. In case there are any inaccuracies, the applicant would need to make the necessary amendments.
It is worth noting that the system automatically captures as much of the application information as possible. Therefore, applicants would only need to answer a few questions. These questions could typically require details pertaining to:
- The applicant’s family composition
- The applicant’s family admissibility etc.
Proof of Claims
Applicants would need to submit their applications via their MyCIC accounts. In addition, they would also need to provide the relevant proof of the claims made in their Express Entry profile. The authorities typically use these pieces of information for extending invitations to the appropriate candidates. In case applicants fail to provide the relevant proofs, the authorities will refuse the applications. This is in accordance with the provisions specified in A11.2.
In addition, certain applicants could even face a five-year ban from submitting any further immigration applications to Canada. This ban could even include temporary residence applications. However, the authorities would only ban applicants who:
- Misrepresent their qualifications in their Express Entry profile and / or,
- Misrepresent their qualifications in their application
The authorities would follow the specifications for misrepresentation specified in A40.
Read More Information:
- Multiple Applications in Process
- The Lock-in Date for Age
- The Complete Procedure:
- The Cost Recovery Fees for the Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR)
- The Requirement to Submit a Complete e-Application
- The Alternative Application Process for Persons with Disabilities
- Language Test Scores for Persons with Disabilities
Source: Citizenship and Immigration