Live webinar March 5, 2024 at 11:00am EST
OR available available video recording

  • Cindy Switzer
  • Andrew Carvajal

5 hours


This course will provide an in-depth discussion of applications for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. In this workshop, the instructors will discuss the practical aspects of preparing an application under Express Entry, from completing the online form, preparing employment confirmation letters, deciding on what documentation to include, ensuring completeness of the file and avoiding costly mistakes.

  • The Federal Economic Class Programs
  • Express Entry Overview
  • The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
    • Changes to the CRS score calculation
    • 2023 changes to ITAs and category-based draws
    • Lessons from Express Entry and maximizing CRS scores
  • Tips for successful Express Entry upload
  • Documenting the Declared CRS Score vs. Minimum Threshold to have Received an Invitation
  • The electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR) Form
  • Documenting Work Experience
  • The perfect employment confirmation letter
  • Choosing the right NOC
  • Elements of the letter
  • Other Supporting Documentation
  • Dependants
  • The Cover Letter
  • Provincial Nominee Programs with Express Entry Streams
  • Maintaining Worker Status post eAPR – the Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)

For Lawyers and Paralegals

  • Law Society of Ontario
    Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 5 hours.
  • Law Society of British Columbia
    Approved for 5 CPD credits.
  • Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
    For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements

For Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

  • College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
    • Approved for 5 CPD hours
    • Video recording valid until March 5, 2025





  • Attendance at the live five hour webinar.
  • Access to the course materials.
  • Ability to watch the webinar until  December 31, 2025
This course is included in our:
Cindy Switzer

Immigration Lawyer, MKS Immigration Lawyers

Cindy is the firm’s cross-border lawyer, practicing both Canadian and US immigration law.  She has lived in both countries and has more than 20 years of experience supporting people and businesses move and thrive across North America.  Nowadays she keeps busy outside of work raising two kids and a dog, and volunteering as a board member at a public legal education non-profit.

Andrew Carvajal

Barrister & Solicitor
Partner, Desloges Law Group

Andrew is a Toronto lawyer and partner at Desloges Law Group. He received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011.

​Andrew’s legal expertise involves immigration law, administrative law and some civil litigation. His immigration practice focuses on permanent residence applications under federal and provincial economic programs, all types of business/corporate immigration, applications for sponsorship under the family class and temporary residence applications.

Andrew also represents individuals and corporations in administrative matters, professional and academic discipline cases, as well as Small Claims Court litigation. His professional discipline practice includes the representation of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants in complaint and discipline proceedings before their regulatory council.

​Besides his work at Desloges Law Group, Andrew has been an instructor in the Immigration Consulting program at Herzing College and a guest speaker in a number of immigration education programs and seminars organized by professional associations and community centres. He is also a frequent contributor to several publications dealing with immigration, refugee and administrative law and has been invited to speak about immigration changes on local and national news segments.

Prior to practising law, Andrew was a sociology professor at McGill University and a university researcher in projects dealing with criminal justice, equality laws, family transformation and social research methods.