How the Canadian "Express Entry" Immigration Program Worked for My Friend
My Friend Amos Applied for Express Entry from Cameroon
Amos is a Cameroonian by nationality, who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law and a Master of Arts in Translation from the University of Buea and the Advanced School of Translation and Interpretation (ASTI) respectively. He has a few years of experience, including an international internship, in the domain of Translation. He is in the 25 - 30 age bracket, not married, and is bilingual (French & English) by background and education. After making his research on the Express Entry, he submitted his application via a Canadian Immigration Agency located in Yaounde, Cameroon dubbed “Portail Canada.” The process was somewhat tumultuous for him, but it was all worth it!
How To Start?
The first step must always be a description of one's self which includes their age, level of education, years of experience, marital status, and language proficiency.
The Invitation to Apply (ITA)
- Amos took both the IELTS Academic Test in June 2017 and the TEF [Test d’Evaluation Francais] Canada (the French Proficiency Test) in October 2017, on the recommendation of the owner of the agency through which he applied.
- Note that if you're bilingual, it is highly recommended to take both tests, as it enhances your eligibility criteria. Amos scored an 8.0 on a scale of 9 in the IELTS while he scored 2 B2s, 1 C1 & 1 C2 at the TEF Canada.
- Note also that if you score a B1 in any of the 4 categories of the TEF Canada, you will be eliminated and cannot use your TEF results for the Express Entry Program. Proper preparation is the key to your success.
- Amos then had his Bachelor's Degree assessed by the ICES (International Credential Evaluation Services) Board in January 2018 and submitted his Master’s degree for evaluation upon his return from Arusha, Tanzania in March 2018.
- With his evaluation of credentials report and his language test results, the agency helped him verify his eligibility and apply for Express Entry through the Government of Canada's website.
- On April 1, 2018 he got an Invitation Letter to submit his documents within 90 days upon receipt of the Acceptance Letter. He had 483 points in the Express Entry draw.
NB: The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) require the IELTS General Training as proof of English proficiency. In Amos' own words, it was only God’s favor for the Canadian Immigration authorities to accept his IELTS Academic Test results.
The Application for Permanent Residence
Amos submitted the documents required for the application of permanent residence on July 8, 2018, and was asked to wait for 6 months or less. However, it took the Immigration Office 8 months (March 2019) to request for his Passport and other documents for his Visa, for the following reasons:
- His background check took a longer time than expected;
- He had to submit a new police clearance;
- He equally had to undergo a new medical examination because the first results he had submitted were soon going to expire.
The Canadian Visa and Immigration Office in Senegal called him on May 9, 2019, asking him if he could take up residence in Canada by May 16, 2019 given his medical results were going to expire. He informed them he was not prepared to do so. Later on, with the advice of his uncle and his mother, he tried calling the Immigration Office to give them a different response but fell on a general hotline.
The agency then sent his new medical results via email to IRCC. Months passed and the agency suggested him to send his documents a second time in August 2019. A week after they resent his documents, someone he had met at the Canadian Immigration and Visas Reception Office in Yaounde informed him that they, along with their family members, had been issued Visas. When Amos asked the agency to check his IRCC account, they informed him that he had equally been issued an Immigrant Visa!
Note that medical examination results for the Canadian Express Entry are valid for ONE year. Before the results expire, the candidate must either take residence in Canada or submit new results.
It All Ended Well
Amos got his stamped passport back and traveled two months later. He arrived in Toronto, Canada on October 18, 2019, after leaving Yaounde, Cameroon on October 17, 2019. It was not so much of a smooth process for him and the long wait had made him give up several weeks earlier. He, however, found it worth it, for it reminded him that nothing good comes easy!
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