Submit an Express Entry profile: What to do while you wait in the pool

We’re introducing category-based rounds of invitations

To support the economic goals we identified, we’re introducing rounds of invitations for specific categories of Express Entry candidates.

Find out what the categories are, who will be eligible and how category-based rounds of invitation will work.

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, we switched to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

If you already submitted a profile but have not been sent an invitation to apply (ITA), you must

  • search for your occupation under the NOC 2021 list
  • update your profile with your Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category and 5-digit occupation code

To remain eligible to receive an ITA, you must update your profile on or after November 16, 2022.

What to do while you’re in the pool

While you wait in the pool, get ready to accept an invitation to apply. If we invite you to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit a complete application.

Get your documents ready

Having your documents ready will make it easier to apply within the 60 days.

Language tests

Check that your language test results are valid. They are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must also be valid on the date you apply for permanent residence.

If your results expire before then, you should:

  • be tested again or
  • apply before your test results expire (if possible) or
  • decline the invitation and go back into the pool to be considered in the future

If you apply for permanent residence with language test results that have expired, we'll reject your application.

Police certificates

You’ll need to get police certificates for you and any of your family members who are 18 years old or older.

In some countries, it can take a long time to get police certificates. Ask for them now that you’re in the pool, so you can submit them before your 60 days are up.

Find a job with Job Match

You can start your job search by creating a Job Match account with Job Bank. Job Bank is a database that can help match you with employers looking for workers with your skills.

You can sign up for a Job Match account after you’re in the Express Entry pool. To do this, you’ll need the Job Seeker validation code you received when you submitted your profile. Once you come to Canada, you can keep using Job Bank to find a job.

Try to improve your score

While you’re in the pool, you can improve your score and increase your chances of being invited to apply by:

Keep your profile up-to-date

You must make sure that the information in your profile stays true and accurate at all times. You must update your profile if your situation changes, for example if you:

  • start a new career
  • gain or lose a job offer
  • get a new language test
  • get married or divorced
  • have or adopt a new child

If we find that you gave us false information or left out important details, we can:

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you for 5 years from applying to come to Canada for any reason

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