Express Entry: Invitation to Apply (ITA)
An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is a letter issued to the successful candidates in the Express Entry system. These are applicants with a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) exceeding a minimum score as determined in each draw. The letter is sent by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and received in the corresponding section of the Express Entry profile. Only after receiving the ITA, a candidate can apply for permanent residence.
The IRCC selects eligible candidates and invites them to apply for permanent residence. The receipt of an ITA means the candidate is very close to receiving his permanent resident status. Nevertheless, an Invitation to Apply doesn’t guarantee permanent residence automatically. You have to present a pile of documents in order to submit the final application.
The number of ITAs issued by IRCC to the Express Entry applicants has been increasing each year. And this upward trend will likely remain this space in the next two years, according to Canada's immigration goal for the period.
Selected candidates will be able to apply for one of the following programs: The Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST).
How to Get an Invitation to Apply?
Your score will depend on how well you manage to meet the minimum requirements in the Express Entry system. Your skills, education, language ability, work experience, accompanying spouse and other factors will be assessed by the CRS. The Express Entry and PNP draws have a minimum score. So the Invitation to Apply will receive those who have a minimum or the highest score.
Receiving an Invitation to Apply
The IRCC sends Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates who get the highest score in the pool by a process usually called a “Draw” or “Round of Invitations”. So it is important to score high in your CRS to get an ITA. The interval between the draws is normally two weeks.
If your Express Entry profile is active and your CRS score is equal or more than the minimum score for a particular round of invitations, then you will be issued an ITA.
You will receive a letter through your profile. Your Invitation to Apply will indicate the program that you should be submitting your application for, your CRS score with a breakdown and the deadline for submitting the electronic application for permanent residence. It also provides guidance on the next steps that you can take after receiving the ITA.
You’ll have 90 days to submit your final application. This is why it is important to prepare the supporting documents beforehand, including gathering, and reviewing and scanning them (documents have to be in PDF format under 4MB). For example, some documents, such as police certificates, may need more than 60 days to be delivered by the proper authorities.
If you decline or do not respond to an ITA
If you decline your Invitation to Apply, then your application will be returned to the Express Entry system and will remain active to participate in the next round of invitations. But if you neither “Accept” or “Decline” the invitation, then your ITA will expire and your Express Entry profile will no longer be active.
After Accepting an ITA
After accepting an ITA, the IRCC will ask you to provide additional documents. For example, it might ask you to provide information about your travel history for the last ten years, including addresses where you stayed. The system will notify you about additional forms you need to submit for the IRCC.
What You Must Know About the Invitation to Apply (ITA)?
There are a few things you need to know when applying for Canadian permanent residence. To ensure an ITA, you’ll have to consider a few important things and take some preliminary actions.
Improve Your Express Entry Profile
Some candidates don't have enough scores to receive an Invitation to Apply. However, they still have a chance to improve their Express Entry profile. How can you do that? First, improve your education and language skills. If you don’t have enough years of work experience, improve that as well. And finally and the most difficult is securing a job offer from a Canadian employer. Every single improvement can add more scores to your profile.
Provide Only Truthful Information
While filling out the Express Entry profile, applicants can make mistakes. The IRCC accepts errors made in good faith. For example, if you confuse the dates of your employment contract, it could be understood as an unintentional mistake. On the other hand, any attempt to provide false information will be regarded as misinterpretation and might prevent you from immigrating to Canada.
The CRS Tie-Breaking Rule
A tie-breaking rule is for candidates with the same lowest score in any profile. However, this rule doesn’t apply to applicants with a score higher than the lowest score selected. For example, you submitted the Express Entry on the 15th February 2018 at 21:00 and have a CRS score of 500. In the meanwhile, Josh scored 500 but submitted his application on the 15th of February 2018 at 21:04. In this case, you will receive an Invitation to Apply, while Josh will have to wait for the next round.
Immigrating with Family Members
Invited candidates may come to Canada with their accompanying family members, such as a spouse/common-law partner and dependent children.
However, to be able to immigrate with any of your close relatives, you need to include them in your Express Entry application. If you don’t include them in your application, you won’t be able to bring them with you.
If you want to immigrate with your spouse, it is even better if both of you open Express Entry profiles separately. Thus, you will increase your chances of immigrating. Only one of you needs to receive an Invitation to Apply for a successful residence. So after one of you gets the ITA, you need to withdraw unsuccessful profile and keep on the immigration process with the successful one.
Check out this link to find out a step-by-step guide to fill out the Express Entry Profile.