The Express Entry system is still the most popular and fastest way to obtain permanent residency in Canada (PR).
If you intend to create a profile with the Express Entry system or hope to receive an invitation in the next draw, you can stay prepared by getting your documents in order ahead of time.
Remember that the documents required to create your Express Entry profile and the documents required to submit after receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) are two separate things.
Learn about the documents you’ll need to create your Express Entry profile and the documents you’ll need to submit after receiving an ITA in the sections below.
Documents required when creating an Express Entry profile
When creating your Express Entry profile for consideration in a draw, you will need the following documents:
- A valid passport or travel document
- Language test results: make sure your language test results are current or less than two years old.
- Provide proof of Canadian education or an educational credential assessment report if any of the following apply to you:
- Applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program or claiming points for education outside of Canada?
- If applicable, a provincial nomination
- A written job offer from a Canadian employer is required, as is proof of work experience and a certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province or territory (if you have one)
- Evidence of funds
Documents required after you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a Draw
If you are invited to participate in an Express Entry draw, you must include copies of the documents you used to create your profile.
The majority of applicants will also be required to submit the following documents:
- Police Certificate: If you have lived in another country for more than six months, you will need a police certificate from that country as well as a police certificate from your home country.
- Medical Exam: Applicants from within Canada are exempt from the medical exam requirement until October 6, 2024. If you are outside Canada, you will still need to undergo a medical examination.
- Proof of Funds: You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependents.
- Birth Certificate: If you have dependent children, you must have a birth certificate.
- Use of Representative Form if applicable
- Common-Law Union Form, if applicable
- Marriage Certificate, if applicable
- Divorce Certificate, if applicable
- Death Certificate if your marital status is widowed
- Adoption Certificate if your dependent children are adopted
Other required documents
These must only be sent if they are on your customized document checklist.
Your application may not be refused or rejected if you do not provide these documents. They are only used to see if you meet the program requirements for which you are applying.
- Relationship proof to a relative in Canada
- Your digital photos to verify your identity
- another name to confirm aliases or nicknames
- Form authorizing the release of personal information to a designated individual
- Any other documents you believe are relevant to your application