Canada express entry, perminant resident
If I had to do this over, i would do this in the below order:
I had a passport if you don't that might take the longest
I had my birth certificate and social security card that might also take a while
I had my resume already together - put that together
I would have started with my education assessment (CES, ECA) ASAP as that seems to take the longest.
To complete it you need your education transcripts and your actual diplomas.
Put settlement funds away ASAP and don't touch, you'll need 6 months of statements, and a letter from the bank, some banks this was easy (Marcus, capital one 360), other it was hard (TD Bank) (15k+)
schedule your Health Exam, only certain people do the assessments, so get it scheduled, and set aside the cash, mine didn't do weekends so i also had to arrange time off work
I had to ring to health exam - 3 passport photo which i got at CVS, they only used two but asked for three (sigh), i bought two sets from CVS but if they give you the proof that might work as your third?
she seemed very fixed on TB, and i needed a chest xray (standard), basically bring your medical history cliff notes (medicine, surgical history) and if you have recurring / permanent issues the information for your specialist (they might need a letter - basically indicating it's under control and you are going to be able to work and navigate and survive in a new place without assistance)
schedule your English Language Test CELPIP-General Test ($300) they are on limited dates in limited locations
i did not study, but i did watch the you tube videoshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsSYTLCLK0K2kq6hFSX476A
i think that was useful as i came in and knew what to expect
Police Clearance - didn't take long, but use edge/IE, sign up for FBI background check, then schedule fingerprints (that was cheap and relatively fast but i live in a metro area)
to do: request an Identity History Summary from the FBI onlinehttps://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/medical-police/police-certificates/how/united-states.html
used: IdentoGo for fingerprints
Digital Photo that meets requirements - i ended up scanning (high res) my passport photo - so do that before medical exam
Work Experience 10 years certified letter - some companies did it fast, some PITA
if you need to get supporting evidence have w2's paystubs and job description - can you find your offer letter? a job posting you applied to? your annual review?
no need for anything else because i am single