An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is a letter issued to the successful candidates in the Express Entry system who have a CRS score 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 ITA doesn’t guarantee permanent residence automatically because there’s a pile of documents to be presented 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 invited to apply for one of the following programs:

1. Canadian Experience Class (CEC);

2. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW);

3. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST).

Receiving an invitation to apply (ITA)

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.

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 ITA will indicate the program that you should be submitting your application for, 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 60 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, 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 ITA will expire and your Express Entry profile will no longer be active.

After accepting an ITA


After accepting an ITA, you will be asked to provide additional documents. For example, you might be asked 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.

Check out this link to find out a step-by-step guide to fill out the Express Entry Profile.