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Express Entry: Invitation To Apply For Permanent Residence


Express Entry candidates for Canadian immigration who receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence have had their skills and potential to succeed recognized by the government of Canada.

Consequently, they are rewarded with an opportunity for them and accompanying dependent family members to begin a new life in Canada.

About the Invitation To Apply for Canadian permanent residence

An Invitation to Apply is offered to any candidate in the Express Entry pool

An Invitation to Apply should not be confused with initial eligibility to enter the Express Entry pool, nor should it be confused with a job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial nomination certificate. The Invitation to Apply is an auto-generated letter issued to Express Entry candidates through their Express Entry profiles.

How candidates may obtain an Invitation to Apply

Only candidates eligible to immigrate to Canada by meeting the minimum entry criteria of a federal economic immigration program may enter the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

There are a total of 1,200 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System. The government of Canada issues Invitations to Apply to certain candidates in the Express Entry pool according to their ranking by publishing a minimum CRS cut-off score at the time of the draw and notifying those candidates who have been invited to apply for permanent residence.

Documentation required to submit an e-application

All candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply are currently required to submit the following supporting documents along with their application, along with government processing fees:

Depending on the program under which a candidate was issued an Invitation to Apply and the information provided in his or her Express Entry profile, the following documentation may be required:

The 60-day deadline

Note: As of June 26, 2018, candidates have 60 days to apply after they receive an ITA, rather than 90 days, as was previously the case. IRCC says that candidates who have received an invitation to apply before June 26, 2018 will continue to have 90 days to submit a complete applicatio

Because of this limited time period, candidates are encouraged to begin collecting these documents and ensuring they are in good order before an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence is issued. If a candidate misses the 60-day deadline, the Invitation to Apply for permanent residence that was issued to him or her is no longer valid and he or she will have to re-enter the Express Entry pool.

Misrepresentation

If the information provided by the potential candidate turns out to be false, this is known as misrepresentation and, depending on the nature and severity of the false claim, carries penalties. The purpose of the misrepresentation provisions is to ensure that applicants provide complete, honest, and truthful information in every manner when applying for entry into Canada, and to ensure the integrity of Canadian immigration programs.

A potential candidate who has been found to have provided false information going into the Express Entry pool can be banned from re-entering the pool for five years. Therefore, it is hugely important to provide accurate and correct information always.

An applicant may be found inadmissible to Canada due to misrepresentation for directly or indirectly misrepresenting or withholding material facts relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the processing of his or her application. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is truthful and that the supporting documents are genuine, and he or she may be found to have misrepresented him or herself whether or not that misrepresentation was intentional.

Examples of misrepresentation may include:

1)An applicant asks a relative or friend to obtain information in support of an application. The information provided by the applicant’s representative turns out to be false and the applicant claims to not be aware of the inaccuracy. Nevertheless, the applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is truthful and the supporting documents are genuine. The applicant could therefore be inadmissible for misrepresentation due to having submitted false documents and/or information, even though he or she was not the one who fabricated evidence.

Accepting an Invitation to Apply

The original profile information will remain for 60 days after the Invitation to Apply is issued. Candidates will have this length of time to submit a complete and accurate application along with all supporting documents. The submission of the complete application is considered the acceptance.

Expiration of an Invitation to Apply

If no application is made by that time, it will be deleted. Candidates who do not decline an Invitation to Apply and who do not apply within 60 days will see that the Invitation to Apply will expire. At this point, candidates who still wish to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry will have to complete and submit a new Express Entry profile and be accepted to the pool again in order to be considered in future rounds of invitations. To re-enter the pool, candidates will have to still meet the minimum criteria.

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