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10 Tips for Navigating an Ineligible Express Entry Profile

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

Creating an Express Entry profile is just the beginning of your journey towards immigrating to Canada. In fact, by the time you are doing this you have already done several other activities in preparation for creating your profile, such as an education assessment and an English Assessment. You should have determined your primary NOC (national occupation code) and have gathered your work history.

You will also need to have some documents ready, such as your passport, the record of education assessment and record of language assessment.

At this point you are ready to enter your profile. You will see that as you complete each section it is noted with a green checkmark. Most of the time once you have completed all sections so that you have all green checkmarks you are ready to submit. However, sometimes once you submit your profile you receive a message that indicates the profile is ineligible. At this point you can no longer edit your profile to see what is wrong, you must start again.

It is at this point that you begin to surf the web for tips on how to create an eligible profile and what went wrong with your profile. And here they are:

1. Ensure that your language assessment is valid. Language assessments are valid for 2 years. If they are expiring or are expired, we recommend you retake the test as soon as possible.

2. The language test you took is recognized by IRCC:

  • 1. Canadian English Language Profisicny Index Program - CELPIP

  • 2. International English Language Testing System - IELTS

  • 3. Test d'Evaluation de Francais (TEF)

For Quebec: Diplome approfondi de langue franicais (DALF)

  • Diplome d'etudes en langue francais (DELF)

  • Test de connaissance du francais (TCF)

  • Test de connaissance du francaise poul le Quebec (TCFQ)

3. Ensure that you have met the language benchmark for your stream of application


FSW - CLB 5 for speaking and listening and CLB 4 for reading and writing

Canadian Experience - this is split depending on the stream you are applying for within CEC

4. Do you have 67 points to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

If you have entered your profile 5 times and it is still saying you are ineligible, double check that you actually meet the base number of points required to enter the Federal Skilled Worker program.

5. Have you had your education assessed for equivalency to Canadian education?

If not, have it assessed. You will need this assessment to enter the pool.

6. Was the education assessed by a designated organization?

Not only should your education be assessed but it must be done by a designated organization. They are:

Assessment of most foreign education:

Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada

World Education Services

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

International Credential Evaluation Service

Assessment for specialist and family physicians You must get your report from the Medical Council of Canada

  • specialist physician, 2016 NOC code 3111

  • general practitioner/family physician, 2016 NOC code 3112

Assessment for pharmacists If you are a pharmacist (NOC code 3131), where you need to get your report depends on your job. If you need a license to practice you must get your report from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (designated January 6, 2014). This applies to you if you care for patients in a:

  • hospital pharmacy

  • long term care facility

  • community pharmacy

Find more information here

7. Is your primary NOC correct

Make sure that you are using the primary NOC and that it is a skill type 0, A or B.

Find your NOC here

8. Do you have sufficient experience in your primary NOC?

You must have one year of continuous work experience in your primary national occupation code to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

9. Have you checked off the box, "degree awarded"?

If you have accidentally checked any other box where it relates to your education, it will automatically make your profile ineligible. Go back and check that you have checked the right box.

10. Do you actually have a valid job offer? A valid job offer is an LMIA based job offer. If you do not have an LMIA number associated with your job offer then you are unlikely to have a "valid" job offer and this means that you are not eligible to obtain these points.


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