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Express Entry 2016 Updates (Completeness Checks and Police Certificate)




In an Express Entry, applicants are required to submit a complete electronic application for permanent residence (e-APR) within 60 calendar days of being issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The application and all supporting documents must be submitted electronically through their MyCIC account. The six-month processing standard begins when an application is assessed as complete and is promoted in the Global Case Management System (GCMS). It ends when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) makes a final decision on the application.

As of January 1, 2016, all applications received on and after that date for permanent residence programs are subject to the Express Entry completeness check.

A complete application includes the following:

  • e-APR;
  • cost recovery fees; and
  • All supporting documentation to validate information contained in the applicant’s Express Entry profile and e-APR.

Here are the checklist and mandatory documents needed by applicants:

  1. Document generic checklist
  2. Personalized Document checklist
  3. Medical Examination Confirmation
  4. Police Certificates (In the Philippines, it is the NBI Clearance)
  5. Applications that do not contain the following documents will be rejected as incomplete, and fees will be refunded accordingly.
  6. Copy of the biographical data page of a passport or travel document
  7. Proof of work experience
  8. Proof of funds

Now, here are the mandatory documents if applicable:

  1. Copy of birth certificate or other equivalent documents
  2. Proof of studies
  3. Provincial or territorial certificate of qualification
  4. Letter of offer from the employer
  5. Use of a Representative form [IMM 5476]
  6. Evidence of common-law union and cohabitation
  7. Marriage certificate
  8. Divorce certificate and legal separation agreement
  9. Death certificate
  10. Adoption certificate

Other documents needed are:

  1. Proof of relationship to a relative in Canada, status of a relative in Canada and residence status of a relative in Canada
  2. Digital photos
  3. Other name
  4. Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual form [IMM 5475]
  5. Documents related to the e-APR not captured in other fields

As of February 11, 2016, the instructions on procedures related to police certificates and Express Entry completeness checks have been updated.

The clients are required to produce a national police certificate before the 60-day deadline after their Invitation to Apply has been issued.

The IRCC website provides instructions to applicants on how to obtain a police certificate.

Click here for Express Entry updates

Click here on how to obtain a police certificate in the Philippines.


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