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The Top 5 Myths About the Express Entry Canada Immigration Program Debunked

  • Are you dreaming of starting a new life in Canada but feeling overwhelmed by the myths surrounding the Express Entry Canada Immigration Program?
  • Fear not! In this blog post, we are here to set the record straight and debunk the top 5 misconceptions about this highly sought-after program.
  • Get ready to unpack these myths and discover the truth behind one of Canada’s most efficient pathways to permanent residency. So let’s dive in and separate fact from fiction, allowing you to make an informed decision on your immigration journey!
The Top 5 Myths About the Express Entry Canada Immigration Program Debunked

The Top 5 Myths About the Express Entry Canada Immigration Program Debunked


The Express Entry system is Canada’s new economic immigration program. It was introduced in January 2015, and has since become the primary source of skilled foreign workers coming to Canada.

Despite its popularity, there are still many misconceptions about the program. In this blog post, we will debunk some of the most common myths about Express Entry.

Myth 1: Express Entry is a Lottery

  • Express Entry is not a lottery. The Express Entry system is designed to select highly skilled immigrants who are most likely to succeed in Canada’s economy.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the Express Entry system does not operate like a lottery. Your chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry system are based on your human capital factors,
  • such as your age, education, skilled work experience, and English or French language skills. These are all factors that have been shown to help newcomers succeed in Canada.
  • If you are eligible for more than one of the programs managed by Express Entry (the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class), you will be entered into all of them.
  • You will be given a score for each program based on the criteria set out by that program. The Invitations to Apply for permanent residence that are issued each draw are given to candidates with the highest scores in the Express Entry pool.

Myth 2: You Need an Employment Offer from Canada to Qualify

  • The second common myth about Express Entry is that you need an employment offer from a Canadian employer to be eligible.
  • This is not the case! While having a job offer can give you additional points and make your application more competitive, it is not required.
  • There are other ways to earn points, such as through provincial nomination programs or by having a spouse with Canadian work experience.

Myth 3: People with Low CRS Scores Won’t be Invited to Apply

  • It’s a common misconception that people with low Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores won’t be invited to apply through Express Entry.
  • The truth is, there is no minimum CRS score required to be invited to apply. In each Express Entry draw, the Canadian government issues invitations to apply (ITAs) to a certain number of candidates with the highest CRS scores.
  • However, this doesn’t mean that only candidates with high CRS scores will ever be invited to apply.
  • The CRS is just one factor that is considered when issuing ITAs. The Canadian government also looks at other factors such as the candidate’s age, work experience,
  • and level of education when determining who to invite to apply. This means that even if you have a low CRS score, you may still be invited to apply if you have strong credentials in other areas.
  • So don’t let a low CRS score discourage you from entering the Express Entry pool. You could still be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence!

Myth 4: It’s Easier if a Family Member Already Lives in Canada

  • It is not necessarily easier to gain entry into Canada if a family member already lives there. In fact, Express Entry is designed to create a level playing field for all potential immigrants, regardless of whether or not they have family ties to the country.
  • The only exception is if you are applying as a spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, in which case you may be eligible for additional points.

Myth 5: You Must Live in Canada to Qualify

The Express Entry immigration program is not only for those who live in Canada. In fact, many people who enter the Express Entry pool are living abroad. The requirements to be eligible for Express Entry are that you must:

-Have a valid passport
-Be skilled in English or French
-Have at least one year of work experience in a skilled occupation (as determined by the National Occupational Classification)
-Meet the education requirements for your skilled occupation
-Score 67 points or higher on the Comprehensive Ranking System


Overall, the Express Entry Canada Immigration Program is an excellent way for prospective immigrants to enter the country. This comprehensive program takes into account various factors that can help determine whether an individual is eligible for entry and eventual citizenship in Canada. Many myths have been debunked about this immigration program – including its complexity, timeline, and process – but it still remains a great opportunity to make your dream of living in Canada a reality.


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