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What is an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency?

An Invitation to apply or ITA as it is commonly referred to, is an auto-generated letter or simply an invitation issued to Express Entry candidates through their online profiles to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency.

An ITA is not issued to every single Express Entry candidate; it is only issued to candidates who meet the eligibility for the Express Entry programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades program and some Provincial Nominee Programs. Furthermore, the ITA is issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool who have a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score above the cut-off threshold score as determined in each draw.

Sometimes, candidates can be eligible for more than one program under Express Entry. If that happens, you will be invited to apply for one program based on this order:

1. Provincial nominee class (PNC);

2. Canadian Experience Class (CEC),

3. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, then

After the receipt of your ITA, you can choose one of the below options:

  1. Accept your ITA: Submit your complete application for permanent residence (APR) including all required documents within 60 days.

  2. Decline your ITA. If you believe that you cannot submit a complete application within 60 days, you may need more time, your CRS score changed or anything else stopping you from accepting the offer, simply decline your ITA. This will allow you to go back into the Express Entry pool, where your profile will remain active for the remainder of your one-year validity and you may be considered for future draws.

  3. Do not accept nor decline your ITA. We do not recommend this option, as this will automatically expire your ITA and your Express Entry profile if you do not take any action within 60 days of receiving your ITA. In order to be considered for any future draws, you must create a new Express Entry profile and enter the pool from scratch.

We strongly recommend all candidates to gather and update all necessary documents from the day you enter the Express Entry pool.

What happens to your Express Entry profile once an ITA is issued?

The Express Entry system is automatically locked when an ITA is issued to you. This means that you cannot change the information in your express entry profile unless you decline your ITA. However, keep in mind that your APR or application for permanent residency can reflect the changes that might occur in your circumstance after the receipt of ITA. The reason behind this is that there might be certain things in your life, if changed, will lower your CRS points and you may no longer be eligible for an ITA as you previously were. It is the candidates’ responsibility to keep their information up-to-date at all times.

So far this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 38,657 Invitations to Apply (ITA). This is much greater than the number of ITAs that IRCC issued at the same time last year. Canada has set the ambitious target of receiving 401,00 new immigrants in 2021. The last time Canada had welcomed more than 400,000 new immigrants was back in 1913.

If you want to be a part of the 401,000 new immigrants to make Canada your home in 2021 then call us for a consultation now! Getting professional help is always recommended. Olympia Immigration has successfully assisted many clients with different immigration matters. For more details call 647-325-2905 or email us at

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