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Navigating an Ineligible Express Entry Profile

Are you dreaming of immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry system but found yourself facing the dreaded "ineligible profile" message? Don't worry; you're not alone. Many aspiring immigrants encounter this roadblock on their journey to Canada.

In this guide, we will provide you with valuable insights and updated tips to help you navigate the Express Entry profile creation process effectively and avoid common pitfalls

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Getting Started: Preparing Your Express Entry Profile

Creating an Express Entry profile is a crucial step in your immigration journey to Canada. However, before you even begin this process, there are several essential tasks you should complete:

Education and Language Assessments:

  • Ensure you have undergone an education assessment to determine the equivalency of your foreign education to Canadian standards.

  • Take a recognized language test, such as CELPIP, IELTS, TEF, DALF, DELF, TCF, or TCFQ, and make sure your results are still valid. Language assessments are typically valid for two years.

Know Your NOC:

  • Determine your primary National Occupation Code (NOC). It should fall under Teer 0, 1, 2, or 3. You can find your NOC code on the official website.

Gather Required Documents

  • Ensure you have essential documents, including your passport and records of education and language assessment.

The Express Entry Profile: Tips to Avoid Ineligibility

Once you've completed the initial steps, you're ready to start building your Express Entry profile. As you complete each section, a green checkmark will indicate your progress. Here are crucial tips to keep in mind while creating your profile:

1. Language Proficiency:

  • Choose a recognized language test and ensure your scores meet the language benchmark for your specific immigration stream (e.g., FSWP, FSW, or CEC).

2. Minimum Points for FSWP:

  • Verify that you have a minimum of 67 points to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

3. Education Assessment:

  • Make sure your education credentials have been assessed for equivalency to Canadian standards. Use designated organizations for this assessment to ensure accuracy.

4. Primary NOC Accuracy:

  • Double-check that you have selected the correct primary NOC code, and it falls within the eligible skill types.

5. Work Experience:

  • You must have at least one year of continuous work experience in your primary NOC to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

6. "Degree Awarded" Box:

  • When detailing your education, ensure you check the "degree awarded" box. Any other option could lead to profile ineligibility.

7. Valid Job Offer:

  • If claiming points for a job offer, it should typically be based on an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) to be considered valid.


Navigating the Express Entry system can be a complex process, and profile ineligibility can be frustrating. However, armed with the right knowledge and attention to detail, you can increase your chances of creating an eligible profile and realizing your dream of immigrating to Canada.

Please note that immigration rules and requirements may change over time, so always refer to the official Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the most up-to-date information. With determination and careful preparation, your path to Canadian immigration success can become a reality. Good luck on your journey to making Canada your new home!

If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact Immigration Station Canada, where we offer professional immigration advice to help you through every step of the process.

Immigration Station Canada will work with you and guide you through the best process to achieve your goals, wherever they lead!


About Us

Immigration Station Canada is a dedicated, professional Canadian Immigration firm practicing out of Northumberland County, just east of Toronto, Canada. We serve clients from Kingston, Belleville, Brighton, Cobourg, Oshawa, the GTA, Guelph, Milton, Stratford and St. Catharines, and around the world. Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Anne C. McCaughey (Annie) is an experienced immigration services provider and a fifth-generation Canadian who values the immigration process and the unique individuals who immigrate to Canada to become part of the fabric of this wonderful country. If you would like to submit a question to Ask Annie, use the link located at the top right of the page.

How Can We Help?

We do work permits, study permits, visitor visas, Express Entry, spousal sponsorship, family class sponsorship, and Canadian citizenship with expertise in Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications and Global Talent Stream applications. Please contact us if you would like assistance with your immigration application or to book an appointment.

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