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Canadian Express Entry (Federal Skilled Workers Program) Thread

« on: September 29, 2020, 02:39:30 AM »
Please ensure you visit the Government of Canada website You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login for information and updates on the Federal Skilled Workers Program. This should be your main source of information.

See some FAQs You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login and a glossary of terms You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.

Regardless of any advice, suggestion or comment provided by anyone on Nairaland, please research the links labelled "HERE" on this page. Read, read and read some more!!!

Express Entry is an electronic management application system for immigration to Canada. It facilitates the selection and processing of Canada’s economic immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (focus of this thread), You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
- Federal Skilled Trades Program: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
- Canadian Experience Class: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
- Provincial Nominee Program: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Compare the first three programs HERE: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Some acronyms you may encounter are listed below, have a look to make reading easier.


Wondering what the full meaning of an abbreviation is? This is for you.

Some abbreviations
AVO - Accra Visa Office
PCC - Police Clearance Certificate
FSW - Federal Skill Worker
EE - Express Entry
ITA- Invitation To Apply
PPR - Passport Requirement
MR - Medical Request
POF - Proof of Fund
CRS - Comprehensive Ranking System
NOC - National Occupation Clarification
AOR - Acknowledgement of Receipt
PER- Positive Eligibility Review
Copr=confirmation of Permanent Residence
PEI - Preliminary Evaluation for Immigration
AOR   Acknowledgement of receipt letter.
BDEC    Background Decision
CC   Credit Card
CHC   Canadian High Commission – refers to the Canadian embassies, Visa offices, and Consulates.
CIC   Citizenship and Immigration, Canada – the umbrella body which governs both CIO and local CHC offices
CIO   Centralized Intake Office in Sydney Nova scotia – where you sent your application. Sometimes it is mentioned as CIU (Centralized Intake Unit).
DD   Demand Draft (Bank Draft / Certified Cheque / Money Order)
ECA   Educational Credential Assessment
ECAS   Client Application Status, an official CIC service which allows to view the status of your application on-line
FD   Fixed Deposit
SLU Second Level Update
FILE BF'D TO   File Brought Forward date
FINDEC   Financial Decision
FOSS   is a central database of applications
GCMS   Global Case Management System
IMMCAT   Immigration Catergory
JD   Job Description
M01-M07   level of Medical assessment. M01 means perfect
MEDDEC   Medical Decision
MI - Ministerial Instructions
MR   Medical Examination Request
NCR   No Criminal Record
NOC   National Occupation Classification
OREQ   Other Requirement
PCC   Police Clearance Certificate
PER   Confirmation of Positive Eligibility Review from CIO
PI   Principle immigrant
POF   Proof of Funds
PPR   Passport Request
PPS   point at paper screening stage
PS   Prescreen (another explanation is Paper selection)
PSDEC   Paper Selection Decision
RPRF   Right of Permanent Residence Fees
SEC CRIM   Security criminal
SELDEC   Selection Decision
SS   This spreadsheet
SW1   Skill Worker 1
UCI   Unique Client Identifier, an 8-digit identification number. People usually get it from CIC in a PER confirmation
VO   Visa Office
RBVO   Received by Visa Office
XREF   cross referenced applicant
PR-permanent residency


-To learn about migrating to Canada through a Provincial Nominee Program, see HERE: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

-To learn about taking the TEF/TCF exams to improve chances of Express Entry success, go HERE: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

-To learn about studying in Canada, click HERE: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

-To get IELTS support and resources, go HERE, HERE and HERE: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

-To learn about getting a second "degree" by doing

* CIMA, check HERE.

The exam is a 4 paper exam, Materials available on Exams are CBT; visit to register. Registration is 77GBP while each paper is 77GBP

Recommended procedure:
1. Register with cima on You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login fee is 77£. Please pay online, if you pay to the Nigerian office, your registration will take weeks.

2. Send your credentials to CIMA. you'll get the email to send it after registration

3. Study for your exams with and

4. Exam registration is 55£ per paper.. Exam is electronic, you choose a convenient time, date and center ( any pearsonVUE center).,The various centres and their addresses will appear during registration, so you can choose a center near you. DO NOT PAY ANY MONEY TO THE TEST CENTER.. You're to book for your exam atleast two days to the exam day.

5. You will get a provisional result after each exam, then details will be uploaded to your account after like 2 days.. pass mark is 100/150. There are 60 questions for 2hrs for BA1-3.. then 85 questions for BA4, 2 hrs

6. You're to write BA1 to BA4 in order to get the certificate in Business accounting which you'll evaluate with wes.

7. On how long it will take, depends on you.. you can check the syllabus and study materials to know how long it can take you to cover it.. However, it took me about 6 - 7 weeks

8. When you're done with your 4 exams, you'll wait for like two days for it to be updated...Then you can register with WES

9. Once you have gotten your WES reference No, send an email to cima to prepare your transcripts and letter of good standing.. Also tell them you want to arrange for a courier service.. This is to expedite the process because cima uses regular post which takes weeks to get to Canada.. Follow up with a call to CIMA.. I requested for mine and it was ready for pick up the following day.. Remember to put your WES reference no while booking the courier.. I paid about 65£ for the courier and it got to WES in 3days...

BCS, there is no thread but click HERE: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Other courses (NOUN, NACETEM, CIPM) that can help attain a second degree:

CIPM.... 2 years. Budget 160k
Pdg Noun. 2 semesters.... 1 year buget 150k
NACETEM PGD 9 months budget 120k
Diploma in IT... 4 modules taken in a few days next exam is September. Registration closes in July. 78k
MSC .... Extra 7 points than having two or more...


To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

*You must plan to live outside Quebec

*Skilled Work Experience; You need to have at least one year continuous, full-time (at least 30 hours of paid work per week) or equivalent part-time work experience in an occupation that is NOC A, B or 0, in the past 10 years.

Check the National Occupational Classification (NOC) HERE (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login) to learn the skill type of your work experience. You will NOT be eligible with an NOC skill level C or D job. Work experience while studying may count, read this (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login) for more details.

*Language: You must take approved language tests in English or French and get a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities (writing, reading, listening and speaking), that's IELTS score of LRSW 6666. The test results are valid for two years.

*Education: You must complete a minimum of secondary (high school) school education to get points under education. The evaluation of your education is valid for 5 years.

*Proof of Funds (POF): You must show that you have enough money to settle in Canada. The amount of money you need depends on the the size of your family and changes every year. Check the current value: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

You must also score at least 67 points out of 100 under the selection factors to be eligible. Calculate your points using the six selection factors here: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login


If you are eligible and you complete a profile with your information, you will placed in a “pool” and be ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Criteria.

Use the CRS tool to estimate your CRS score HERE.
Check the trend of CRS scores HERE.
Criteria for computing CRS points HERE. Study this to see the options for increasing your CRS.


Requirements for entering the pool:

*Language HERE: See the language equivalence tables (i.e. how your IELTS or TEF scores translate to CLB/NCLC) HERE.

You can take any of these approved language tests:
IELTS: International English Language Testing System, General NOT Academic option.
CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (not currently available in Nigeria).
TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français.
TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français.

*Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) HERE:
Complete an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) through one of the designated agencies. Applicants educated outside of Canada should have their certificates assessed to ensure that their foreign education is equivalent to Canadian education. Look HERE to understand your report and the the points you can get from your evaluation. You should ONLY evaluate your highest degree e.g. PhD or MSc unless you are claiming two degrees, none of which is a PhD or MSc.

Designated Organisations see HERE
1.Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (CES)
2.International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
3.World Education Services (WES)
4.International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
5.International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

Designated Professional Bodies
Physicians (NOC 3111 or NOC 3112): If your primary occupation is specialist physician (NOC 3111) or general practitioner/family physician (NOC 3112), the Medical Council of Canada MUST do an ECA for your primary medical diploma.
Pharmacists (NOC 3131): If you need a license to practice, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada must do your assessment.

You can ONLY create your profile when you have your language results and ECA, start HERE


Express Entry draws are conducted at regular intervals (usually fortnightly, on Wednesdays). In these draws, candidates above a certain CRS score are invited to apply (the ITA) for permanent residence. For candidates with exactly the same score as the draw CRS, the tie break rule will apply, read up on this and see an example HERE

You can apply for permanent residence when you get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). You have 60 days to submit an application. There are currently COVID exceptions to this, read HERE.

If you do not get an ITA, you can stay in the pool for up to 12 months as long as you meet the criteria for one of the federal programs. You should update your profile with changes e.g. new language results, additional degree assessment, marriage etc. If you are not invited to apply within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, your profile will expire. You can open a new profile. If you still meet the criteria, you will re-enter the pool.


After you get an Invitation to Apply (ITA), please see the checklist HERE of documents to be submitted. Some requirements include:

- Passport: See how to get or renew a Nigerian passport DIY with Servicom HERE

- Application Fees: See how much your application will cost HERE

- Proof of Funds (POF): You must show that you have enough money to settle in Canada. This money can't be borrowed. If your spouse is coming with you, you can count money you have together in a joint account. The amount of money you need to support your family depends on the size of your family which includes: yourself, your spouse/partner, your dependent children (read an adoption PPR story HERE) and your spouse’s dependent children. Funds must be readily available, you cannot use equity or real property. Read more about POF HERE.

Everything you need to know about Gift Deeds HERE.

- Medicals: You and your dependents (whether accompanying or not) MUST undergo a medical test conducted by a doctor on the list of IRCC designated panel physicians.

Read more about medicals HERE.
Read about medical inadmissibility HERE.

- Police Clearance Certificates (PCC): Police certificates are mandatory for each country (except Canada) where an individual has spent six months or more in a row within the last 10 years, since the age of 18. They are required for the Principal Applicant, spouse and dependent children 18 years of age or older (including non-accompanying).

For the applicant’s current country of residence, the police certificate must have been issued no more than six months before the submission of the e-APR. For countries in which the applicant no longer resides, the police certificate must have been issued after the last time the applicant lived in that country. Read more about police certificates HERE. Ensure you carefully check the IRCC requirement for the country you are getting a PCC for, as some also require additional docs like a driving licence. Scan your PCC in colour NOT black & white.

- Biometrics : You should schedule an appointment online with your closest Visa Application Center (VAC). There are two VACs in Nigeria - Abuja and Lagos. Read more about biometrics HERE.

-Work Experience Reference Letter: ensure that the job description on your reference letter matches (1) the lead statement, (2) all the essential duties and (3) most of the main duties listed on your chosen NOC. More about NOC HERE. Read a strategy for getting your reference letter HERE. **NOC mismatch is one of the most common reasons for rejected FSW applications.**

It is your job DESCRIPTION (i.e. the tasks you performed) that matters NOT your job TITLE.

Find a step by step post ITA guide HERE.

Some applicants have been asked to attend interviews, see some sample questions HERE and HERE

To get an update on your application, fill a webform or case specific enquiry HERE.


One and Same person affidavit HERE
Request for Bank Reference Letter HERE
Request for RSA/Pension Funds Letter HERE
Mutual Funds Reference Letter HERE
Work Reference Letter HERE
Police PCC form HERE
Cash Salary Certificate HERE
Post ITA LOE for change of NOC HERE
Gift Deed HERE and HERE
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Re: Canadian Express Entry (Federal Skilled Workers Program) Thread

« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2020, 02:42:47 AM »
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Attached is a Sample of One and Same Person Affidavit


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