Apply for permanent residence: Assessing your Express Entry application
We’ll make sure that you have:
- filled out your application for permanent residence completely and correctly
- paid your processing fee
- met all the requirements
- included all documents
We will contact you through your online account to:
- confirm that we have reviewed your application
- send you updates on the status of your application
- ask you for more documents if necessary
- set up an interview if necessary
- tell you what you need to do and what will happen next
We process most Express Entry applications in 6 months or less, after we get your complete application.
Avoid delays by updating your information. You can use this Web form if you need to report important changes about your application, such as:
- changes in address, telephone number, email or other contact information
- births or deaths in your family
- marriages or divorces
- changes to your job or job offer
- a new educational credential
- updated language test results
Causes of processing delays
Your application will be delayed if:
- we need to verify information
- there are criminal or security problems
- we need to do more background checks
- your family situation isn't clear, such as:
- a divorce or an adoption that isn't yet complete
- child custody issues that haven't been resolved
- you need to submit more documents or go to an interview with us
Check your application status online
You can check the status of your application in your account. Under “View the applications you submitted,” click “Check messages and status.”
Verifying your information
If you aren't truthful in your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, we may:
- refuse your application
- find you inadmissible
- bar you for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason
Decision on your application
We’ll make a decision on your application based on:
- whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the program
- whether you’re admissible to Canada, based on the results of your:
- medical exam
- police certificates
- background checks
When we make a decision on your application, we’ll let you know through your account.
If your application is rejected or refused
To be considered in future rounds of invitations, you will have to:
- fill out and submit a new Express Entry profile
- meet the eligibility criteria
- be accepted into the pool again
If your application is approved
Make sure to pay your Right of Permanent Residence fee, if you haven't already.
Top questions about Express Entry
- I was found not eligible for Express Entry and I can’t change my profile. What do I do?
- Why didn’t I get points for my job offer in Express Entry?
- I have a job offer but the system says I need to register in Job Bank. Why?
- I am working in Canada on a valid work permit. Does this count as a job offer?
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