Before we get into “Can I create 2 express entry profiles?” let us explain what Express Entry is.

Express Entry is a system for managing applications for permanent residence under the following economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

It allows you to create a profile and submit an Express Entry application that will be considered for all three programs.

The first step to permanently immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker is by completing an Express Entry profile. Although completing an Express Entry profile is required, it does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply for permanent residence.

If you have a high enough score and rank in the Express Entry pool, you may receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. This is based on the Comprehensive Ranking System.

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Can I create 2 express entry profiles?

No. According to Canada’s immigration law, you are only allowed one profile per type of application. Having multiple profiles will not improve your chances of being invited, or let you be invited under a different Express Entry program.

Can a spouse create an Express Entry profile?

If a candidate is married or in a common-law relationship, their accompanying spouse or partner can also create an Express Entry profile as long as they meet the requirements of the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, or Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Generally, couples elect one person to be the main applicant based on that individual’s having a higher CRS score. If both partners are eligible, it may be beneficial for them to each create a profile – this way, the partner with the lower CRS score might be eligible for different Provincial Nominee Programs. In turn, this would help the couple’s chances of being granted a provincial nomination.

submit your profile

How to create an Express Entry profile

To see if you qualify for Express Entry, answer a short questionnaire. The whole process should take less than 15 minutes.

If you’re married or in a common-law relationship, one of you must be the main applicant. This person will submit a profile and list their spouse or partner as well.

The principal applicant is typically the one who:

This tool provides you with a personal reference code that looks like this: JM2564766861. Use this number to transfer your information from the tool to your Express Entry profile.

Check your eligibility

Create your Express Entry profile

After you check your eligibility, the tool will send you to your online account where you can fill out an Express Entry profile (if you are eligible.)

  • If you don’t already have one follow the instructions to create an account
  • Enter your reference code when prompted.
  • Enter your personal details.
Create an Express Entry profile

Complete your Express Entry profile

To complete your profile, you’ll need:

Your Express Entry profile will expire in 60 days if you don’t submit it.

Gather your information and fill out our profile form. The Express Entry system will determine which immigration program you qualify for.

Note: to be eligible to apply under Express Entry there is a minimum CRS score required of 300.

There are ways to increase your score such as; a job offer from a Canadian employer, increasing your language results or obtaining a Provincial Nominee.

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What's next after creating an Express Entry profile?

If you’re eligible, you will:

  • be placed in a pool with others who are eligible
  • get given a score and ranked using several factors
  • be invited to apply to be a permanent residence (if you’re one of the highest-ranked candidates)

You can only apply online if are sent an invitation to apply.

Completing an online Express Entry profile or entering the pool doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Express Entry draws

Express Entry draws invite candidates with the highest CRS cut-off scores. Every two weeks there is an Express Entry draw, Canada sends out invitations to eligible candidates who may then apply for Canadian permanent residency.

Conclusion

You are not allowed to create multiple Express Entry profiles. However, if you are married or in a common-law relationship, it may be beneficial for you each to create a profile – this way, the partner with the lower CRS score might be eligible for different PNPs. This would help the couple’s chances of being granted a provincial nomination. Creating an Express Entry profile is just the first step in immigrating to Canada.

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