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Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence

An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is an auto-generated document sent to Express Entry candidates through their Express Entry profiles.

How to Obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

A candidate is enrolled in the Express Entry pool as though eligible to receive an ITA. The Express Entry ranks all candidates in its pool of candidates according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which assigns scores to candidates respectively. Applicants with the highest CRS Score will be granted by the government of Canada an Invitation to apply and then asked to submit a permanent residence application in a limited time. Once the electronic Application Permanent Residence is accepted by the IRCC, the applicant and respective family members as indicated in the application will be granted Canadian Permanent Residence.

Accepting an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

After receiving an Invitation to Apply, candidates are required to submit an electronic Application for Permanent Residence within a limited time of 60 days. Applicants are required to submit supporting documents along with submitting their eAPR to the IRCC.
When the candidate fails to meet the 60-day mark, he or she has to re-enter the Express Entry pool as his or her Invitation to Apply is no longer valid.
The submission of the eAPR along with the applicants required supporting documents is what is referred to as the acceptance of an Invitation to Apply for Permanent residence. Normally it takes almost 6 months for the eAPR to be processed by the IRCC. Once approved, the applicant and accompanying family members will be issued visas allowing them to get to a Canadian Port of Entry to receive their official Permanent Residence documents.

How long does it take to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

Canada issues ITA’s approximately every two weeks for those in the Express Entry draw. If you have a high CRS score you can expect to receive an ITA within approximately two weeks. If you don’t have a high score, you can still wait for some month as your profile will remain active in the Express Entry draw for 12 months. Also, you can choose to increase your CRS Score in the meantime so as to be ready for the next draw.

Required Documents for ITA

An applicant is required to provide some documents to the IRCC while applying for ITA . These documents support the qualifications claimed in the applicant’s Express Entry profile and provide required proof that the applicant is not inadmissible to Canada.
An applicant is required to submit the following documents in either English or French. If they are not, a certified translator is required to translate those documents.

Essential documents for any applicant:

  • Valid passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Language test results
  • Documentation attesting to work experience
  • Police clearance certificate(s)
  • Upfront medical receipt
  • Photographs of principal applicant and family members

The following documents depend on the applicant’s information provided in the Express Entry profile and under which program did the applicant received an Invitation to Apply:

  • Legal documents showing changes in name or date of birth
  • Travel documents (non-passport)
  • Marriage certificate (s)
  • Signed Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union and documents attesting to cohabitation for a period of at least 12 months
  • Divorce or annulment certificate(s)
  • Death certificate(s) for former spouse(s) or common-law partner(s)
  • Children’s birth certificate (s)
  • Adoption certificate(s)
  • Proof of full custody for children
  • Secondary education documents
  • Official transcripts of post secondary education study program courses taken
  • Canadian Education Credential OR Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Letter of attestation
  • Original letter from a Canadian employer indicating an offer of arranged employment
  • Copes of work contract and/or pay stubs
  • Documents relating to income taxation
  • Certified copy of a certificate of qualification in a skilled trade occupation issued by a Canadian provincial/territorial authority
  • Proof of family relationship(s) in Canada
  • Proof of settlement funds

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Got Questions about ITA? Your covered

Your electronic Application for Permanent Residence can be submitted through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) online web portal.

Regularly check your account for updates from the IRCC. 

Yes, applicants can decline their invitation to apply. This act will simply return the applicant to the Express Entry pool to be considered for future draws. Declining and invitation will not have a negative of the applicants future chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply. 

Not all family members can be included, but your spouse/common-law partner as well as dependant children under the age of 22. Children having mental/physical conditions over the age of 22, may also be included in the applicants ITA. 

While submitting your application, provide a letter of explanation outlining why the specific document(s) cannot be obtained. For further proof, mention the attempts you have made to get hold of the document(s) (provide alternative options if any).

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