The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced everyone to be cooped up in their respective homes and practice social distancing and self-isolation. And while the reason behind it is less than ideal, you can take this opportunity to plan for your future. After all, when you go back to your regular routine, you won’t have extra time on your hands to do what you want to do.
If you happen to want to immigrate to Canada, you can take use this time productively and work on improving your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which can help you in your application for Express Entry for being a permanent resident. Here are some things you can do to increase your odds of clinching an Invitation to Apply (ITA):
Work on your language proficiency.
One of the best ways to significantly boost your CRS score is to improve your language proficiency in English and/or French. While most testing centers are closed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be better equipped to take the test once they open. It might even be your chance to pick up a new language like French to really make a difference in the points you receive for your Express Entry application.
Build up reference letters from your employers.
Reference letters are required once the ITA has been issued, but you will only have no more than 60 days to submit them. It would be best if you work on them as early as now, as these documents are not simple letters of recommendation. They are more specific and must prove that the work you do is considered skilled labour. Ideally, you should be able to submit letters of reference for at least six years of skilled employment in the past decade.
Ideally, your reference letter should include the following:
- Your official job title
- Dates of your employment
- Salary per week
- Average hours per week
- A detailed list of your employment duties
It would serve you best if you start working to secure these letters before the ITA is issued so you can already have them ready to submit when the Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requests them.
Prepare the necessary documents
You should know by now that supporting documents are needed for your permanent residency application. It’s important to start collecting everything on the document checklist required by the CIC before making the Express Entry profile. Since the list is exhaustive, you must study it carefully before creating your profile. Here are some of the items that you should at least half prior to submitting your initial application:
- Make sure your passport, and along with anyone else included in your application, isn’t expiring anytime soon. If so, you may want to consider renewing it first so that it is valid for at least 12-18 months.
- Your identity documents such as a birth certificate should mention your birth time, as well as the birthplace and any one of your parent’s names.
- If you have shown that you have a relative in Canada, you would need to submit supporting documents that would clarify the eligibility. For example, if you indicated that you have a sibling in Canada, you would also need to submit their birth certificate and a document that would prove that you have at least one common parent. Additionally, you need to provide the certificate which confirms their status in the nation and residential proof.
Social distancing shouldn’t deter you from achieving your goal of permanently immigrating to Canada.
If you would like help with your application from an experienced immigration consultant in Toronto, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-404-8472.