Published by Gabriel Oliveira on May 16, 2020

Step 8 - Create Express Entry Profile

You got this far, that's great! Believe me, a BIG chunk of the work is done!

So, as a re-cap: You decided to emmigrate to Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Program. And for that you learned that you need to go through the Express Entry Process. You did the eligibility test and confirmed that you are indeed eligible. You then gathered all required documents (passport, ECA, IELTS), found out your NOC, and now you are ready to create a profile and submit it.

Once again, a big part of the whole thing is done! Take a moment to celebrate, have a beer, a hug, a high-five, or at least a deep breath! You deserve it.

So now is where you actually tell IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) "Hey, I want to move there, and I have everything that is required". And you do so by creating a profile.

Before we go there, just to double-check, please confirm that you have all the documents/information below ready:

NOC for your profession
Assessment saying your education is valid and equal to a Canadian one
Language test results with the minimum score
Personal Reference Code (from the eligibility questionaire)

If you do have all the required items (listed above), you can go ahead and create an Express Entry Profile (instructions below).

How to create the profile

  1. Create an IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) account on the IRCC website .
  2. You have the option to register "with GCKey" or "with a Sign-In Partner". Use the "with GCKey" option. The other one is for people that have a canadian bank account (they can log in with the bank credentials instead)
  3. It will ask you for username, password, security questions, etc. Make sure you remember or write down all answers.
  4. After you have your created and logged into your account, start an application by clicking on "Apply to come to Canada".
  5. It will ask you for information like the personal code you received after the eligibility questionaire, language exam identification and results, education assessment (ECA) identification, etc. Fill in all the required information.
  6. After you inserted and reviewed all the fields, submit your application. You will receive a score (i.e. 411). That's it (for now)!

I have created my account and submited my profile. Now what?

So, around every 15 days, IRCC do rounds of invitations (draws), where they invite people with highest scores to apply.

Now you just follow-up on the draws, and wait to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

If you feel like your score is too far away from the previous draws, you can try to improve it. One common option, for an example, is to redo the language exam (like IELTS), aiming for a bigger score.


Moni 2022-02-03T19:31:21Z

If I submit a profile on IRCC without my second Language test, could I still upload it later? Thanks very much for your help!
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