An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is an invitation that allows some people who submitted a profile to Express Entry to apply for Permanent Residence. This is an important step. With a Permanent Resident status, you are free to work and live anywhere you’d like in Canada. And with Canada ranking Number 1 in the list of immigration-friendly countries, this makes Permanent Residency the desired means to and end.

How Does an ITA Work?

IRCC issues Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates who ranked highest in the pool  by a process commonly called a “Draw,” or “Round of Invitations. Candidates are ranked in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). So, it is important to score high in your CRS to be issued an ITA. You can find here what the latest cut-off threshold for CRS score is.

To Qualify for an ITA, You Must: 

  • Your Occupation must be available in the demand list of Canada.
  • You must be eligible to apply under an economic immigration program of Canada.
  • You have an active and highly ranked express entry profile in the pool.

Additional advantages: 

  • If you have a valid job offer.
  • If you have been nominated by a province or territory.

If your Express Entry profile is active and your CRS score is equal or more than the cut-off score for a particular draw, then you will be issued an ITA. 

I Received My ITA — What Are the Next Steps? 

Once you receive your ITA,  you will receive a letter through your account. Your ITA will specify the program that you should be submitting your application for, your CRS score with a breakdown and the date by which you should submit the electronic application for permanent residence. It also provides guidance on the next steps that you can take post receiving the ITA

How Long is an ITA Valid For? 

Once your ITA is received, don’t delay and act on it. An ITA is only valid for 60 days and extending the deadline is not possible. Note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants are being given 90 days. To stay on track, it’s important to prepare the supporting documents ahead of time.  For example, some documents, such as police certificates, may require more than 60 days to be delivered by the proper authorities. Our consultants can help you to manage the documents required.

Declining an ITA

If you decline an invitation, you’ll be put back into the Express Entry pool of candidates. You’ll be considered in future rounds of invitations, if you’re still eligible.

The cut-off score varies from round to round. If your score isn’t high enough, you might not be invited to apply again. In some cases, you may have to take steps to be invited to apply again. For example, you may need to:

There is no guarantee that you’ll be invited to apply again. However, if you choose to re-enter the pool, declining an invitation won’t affect whether or not you’re invited to apply later.

If you don’t decline an invitation and you don’t apply within 90 days, the invitation will expire and your profile will be removed from the pool. To be considered in future rounds of invitations you’ll have to:

  • Fill out and submit a new Express Entry profile.
  • Meet the eligibility.
  • Be accepted into the pool again.