Last Updated: 11 August 2023
An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is the final step before applying for permanent residence (PR) for a candidate who has been invited through the Express Entry system. ITA’s are issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool when the draw takes place, which is held at regular intervals by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
What next, you have the Invitation to Apply (ITA):
If you have received an ITA, you are required to complete certain steps and submit certain documents to complete the final step of applying for PR. Some of the documents that may be required are listed below:
- Passport, birth certificate
- Language proficiency results, medical checkup reports, police clearance certificates
- Other documents relating to the information you have entered in your express entry profile, like work experience letters, educations credential assessment reports
- Proof of funds, based on what you have mentioned in your express entry profile
- Documents can differ with each application type
After accepting an invitation to apply?
After you receive an ITA, you will be having 60 days of time to submit the completed application as well as all the supporting documents.
60 days might seem a lot of time, but gathering documents takes time, which is why it is a good idea to get their documents ready, before receiving ITA.
If the complete application is not submitted within 60 days, the ITA issued will no longer be valid and ITA will expire and the applicant will have to re-enter the Express Entry pool and start from the beginning.
Once all the documents have been submitted, they will be further checked and if everything is in order an Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) is issued. IRCC will then begin to process the application.
Can an ITA be declined if you are not ready?
If a candidate is not ready yet or wants to delay applying for permanent residence, a candidate can decline an ITA. They will still remain in the Express Entry pool, subject to the eligibility requirements. If you choose to decline an ITA it will not have a negative impact on any future applications.
Have you received an Invitation To Apply (ITA) recently?
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