Next steps if you’re not invited to apply: skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

You can only stay in the Express Entry pool for one year from the date you were accepted into it. You can see this date in your account.

Your Express Entry profile will expire if you are not invited to apply in those 12 months. If it expires, your profile will be removed from the system and you will get a message in your MyCIC telling you so.

If your profile is about to expire, you can save screen shots of (or print out) your profile to make it easier to re-enter your data. Do not create a new profile until your existing one expires. You can create a new profile at any time once yours expires.

If you decide to create and submit a new profile before your existing one expires, you will need to withdraw your existing profile first.

To create a new profile

If you are still interested in coming to Canada as a skilled immigrant, you will need to complete and submit a new profile. Once you start, you will have 60 days to fill out and validate the information in MyCIC. If you still meet minimum entry criteria, you will get a new Express Entry profile number. If you do not submit a new profile within the 60 days, you will have to start over.

If you still meet minimum entry criteria when you submit your profile, you will get a new Express Entry profile number and a Job Seeker Validation Code.

Note: It is now optional to create a Job Match account with Job Bank.

Use these numbers to update your Job Match account on the Job Bank website if you have one.

You may also want to try to improve your ranking in the Express Entry pool. For example, you can improve your language test results or try to get a job offer in Canada. This may help you get an invitation to apply.

If you decide not to create a new Express Entry profile, you must remove any references that you are a candidate for Express Entry from any private job board websites, if you used any.

Other ways to immigrate

You may consider applying directly to a province or territory through the Provincial Nominee Program.

Find out more about immigrating to Canada.


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