(Last Updated: 10th March, 2019)
Congratulations on filing your Express Entry application!!! It’s time now to track your CIC application status and understand the various stages from eAOR to PPR.
The next step is the long wait to finally receive your PPR. As per CIC Website, the current Processing Time is 6 months.
However, these days due to the number of applications, many of them are being processed within the 7th month mark.
Average time to a PPR based on the stream
So, good luck to you and while awaiting, I would suggest to appraise yourself on the Process of Getting a Job in Canada.
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Anyways, first let’s talk about the various stages from eAOR to PPR in Express Entry for PR in Canada. Although timelines may vary based on Country and Stream, below is a basic summary:
– Electronic Acknowledgement of Receipt- A letter saying that your application is submitted with the application number mentioned;
2. Medicals Passed
– Medicals Pass and file is initially opened to check for R10 satisfaction at the CIO (Central Intake Office);
3. BG IP (1)
– Background Check In Progress for the 1st time – This usually happens on the same day your Medicals are Passed. At this stage, immigration officials check for all documents and also whether the applicant is missing any documents. They do not scrutinize the documents at this stage, except for Police Clearance Certificate. Additional documents like Schedule A, Travel History, Family Info, Proof of Something, etc.) may be requested at this stage.
4. BG NA – Not Applicable
– This usually happens between 1-3 months from eAOR. This is when applicants’ first phase of A11.1, Eligibility and Documents are checked by the CIO. At this stage, the agent checks the following:
- if the points match are above the round’s ITA points,
- eligibility under the stream is met,
- points are claimed genuinely and if there are no irregularities in the documents or work experience, NOC, etc.
After this, the application is sent to the Local Visa Office (LVO) for finalization and second checks.
5. BG IP (2)
– Back Ground Check In Progress for the 2nd time – This is the stage wherein the LVO opens the file and check’s your entire application and also confirms the notes and insights written by the CIO agent.
This usually happens after all the security, criminality and eligibility is passed and most likely around the 4-5 month mark from the e-AOR.
– Passport Request mail – Ready for Visa – This is the mail which every applicant anxiously waits for, and is often referred to as The Golden Email. This means that the officer is satisfied and has approved your application and has requested your passport (if needed) or photocopy of passport (if it is from visa-exempt country) along with 2 photos and annex A form to stamp the Immigrant Visa and Issue the CoPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residency (a letter serving proof that you are a PR). This letter is used for “landing” at the border and in officially becoming a Permanent Resident. This letter may later on be used for Citizenship Application (if applicable).
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Hey, I’m Simi
Being an Immigrant myself, I’ve struggled a lot and finally managed to settle down and have a good life in Canada. There were several challenges to overcome, however I was fortunate enough to be helped by others. Now, I believe it’s my turn to help new immigrants in terms of Job Search, Career Counselling and Settlement concerns. I decided to pack all my knowledge and experiences in this tiny little article.
When you come to Canada, you must show your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Canadian immigrant visa to a Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officer at the Port of Entry.
The IRCC officer will check that your documents have not expired. You cannot use expired documents. Canadian immigrant visas cannot be extended, so make sure you arrive in Canada before it expires.
You must bring a valid passport with you.
You need to have 2 copies of a detailed list of your belongings that you are bringing with you and their value in Canadian funds. You also need a list of the items that are arriving later and their value in Canadian funds.
You may be asked to show proof of funds. If you are carrying more than C$10,000, you must tell a border official.
What other documents should I bring with me?
Make sure that you have the following documents:
- Birth certificate or adoption papers
- Family records (such as, marriage certificate or divorce papers)
- Medical records (such as immunization records)
- Dental records
- Official school records for children
- Diplomas, degrees and transcripts
- Academic credentials evaluation report (if you had your education assessed before coming to Canada)
- Reference letters from previous and current employers
- Professional or trade licences or qualification certificates
- Up-to-date résumé or summary of work experience
- Valid driver's licence or other identification documents
- Vehicle registration documents (if you are importing a vehicle into Canada)
For More Information
- Canada Border Services Agency - CBSA is responsible for border services (port-of-entry services), customs and enforcement of some immigration laws in Canada.
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) - IRCC is responsible for Canadian immigration and citizenship. Get information on IRCC policy, programs and services, application kits, and more.
Q: How to find my visa office?Send E-mail to: CPC-CTD-Ottawa@cic.gc.ca Subject: E000xxxx - Visa Office Body of the mail:
I am trying to find out in which Visa office my application is being processed?
Application number: E000xxxx Date of Birth: 19xx-xx-xx Last Name: xxx First Name: xxxx UCI: - Category of Immigration: Federal Skilled Worker
Canada is a prosperous job market and suitable for shifting for professionals of different fields. The job avenues are based and allocated on the basis of qualifications and work experience. It is important that you dwell into research and basis ground work before applying for a job position so that employment can be achieved positively based on your credentials.
- Job opportunities for Nurses: The job market for this profile is highly in demand in Nova Scotia.
- Employment for Immigrant Dentist: It is a highly lucrative position in four provinces: – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba.
- Position for Chartered Accountants: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand for provinces like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
- Work availability for Software Engineers: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario.
- Hiring for Doctors : Employment opportunities for Doctors are prolifically present in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Ontario.
- Jobs for Immigrant lawyers: The Job market for this profile is highly in demand in Provinces like Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.
- CANADA PR for Teachers: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
- Commissioning of Architecture: Due to the favorable market opportunities they are highly in demand in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
- Listings for Web Developer: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
Some of the mistakes that a candidate makes while submitting their application for Canada PR are as follows:
- Improper Signing of the documents – It is the most commonly occurring mistake in the application submission process. Candidates miss the places where signatures needed to be put. For example in case of Additional family application/form, a single page needs to be signed in 3 places. In most of the cases candidate signs in the bottom of the page and miss the other 2 places where signatures are also required, it depends whether the candidate is accompanied by a spouse or dependent child. Taking another example, there is a form where the signature is only required only in case if a translator is used and mostly candidates sign in that place also.
These mistakes can get the candidate’s application returned and the candidate has to start all over again.
- Incorrect fees paid – Every immigration program requires a certain amount of fees to be paid and each program have a different amount to be paid. This funds also need to be submitted via different modes of payment like demand draft, certified cheque etc as asked by the immigration program candidate have applied under. For example, if the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) fees is paid by bank draft to the foreign visa office then it will be returned back to the candidate and it will delay your application as the mode of fee payment for RPRF is to be paid online. Immigration office around the world can accept the fees in the local currency of the country candidate is residing in but for that candidate first have to check online and confirm the exchange rate for the currency there only. Candidate needs to be extra careful when paying the fees and the specific amount that has to be paid.
- Photo Dimensions – Candidates needs to upload or submit their photo in exact dimensions as provided by the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in their instructions for specific type of immigration application such as medical forms for PR applications etc. If candidate is not able to submit the application with the proper size of the photograph, then the application will be returned to the candidate.
- Submitting only the documents mentioned on the IRCC checklist – Sometimes candidates need to provide some additional documents other than mentioned by the IRCC. For example, if the candidate is moving to Canada with their common-law partner, then they have to provide with an affidavit from their friends and family members attesting to their relationship and stating that it is exclusive, committed and marriage-like. The candidate has to provide with some additional documents it all depend on the type of case, but phone records, bank records, lease records, correspondence, text messages etc. can be a very big help in moving the candidate’s application forward.
- Supplemental Forms – In cases of certain countries, the candidate needs to provide with some additional forms and information that is not mentioned/obvious on the initial immigration applicant forms. For example Residency Questionnaire for people living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. And Work Experience Questionnaire required by people living in Islamabad, Pakistan. Candidate needs to make sure that they submit their application with these supplemental forms as submitting them without these can get the application rejected and returned.
- Providing with missing or wrong information – If a candidate has submitted their application with improper information or missing information, the whole application can be rejected as the IRCC depends on the information provided for selecting the application for Canada PR. The main consequence for providing the wrong information is the exclusion from Canada for at least 2 years or more. If the candidate’s application is missing any information than IRCC needs to know the reason why the information is missing and when it will be provided. Failing to do the same will get the application returned to the candidate.
- Illegible handwriting – All the applications can be filled online and with the help of Adobe Reader – that is free software. But mostly candidates prefer to fill the applications by hand and that is never advisable. Handwritten forms cannot be verified. Verified forms, using Adobe Reader, creates a series of barcodes that can easily be recorded by IRCC in their computer systems. The hand-written form will take time to process as it requires the tedious transfer of information thus delaying the whole process.
- Cover Letter not provided – Cover letter can help the immigration officer to process your application with less time as it establishes who is applying for what, and the main reason why the applicant qualifies for immigration.
- Waiting for the criminal record checks – Mostly the candidates wait for the criminal record check before submitting their application which is not advisable. If the candidate is not applying for Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation – criminal record check is not required. Waiting for too long for the application submission in wait for the criminal record, may get the rules to change and suddenly the candidate can no longer qualify for programs like Federal Skilled Category etc.
- Application Mailing – If the candidate is asked by the IRCC to mail the application to appropriate office for processing, then it is best to use registered mail or in some cases it is even better to use a courier service. Doing so helps the candidate to track the application and have proof that it has arrived at its destination.