Receiving an Invitation to Apply means one thing — you’re already one foot into the arms of beautiful and progressive Canada. Successful Express Entry candidates will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
What Is An Invitation To Apply?
The Invitation to Apply (ITA), also known as the electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR), is the Express Entry program’s last step. The papers listed in your original Express Entry profile are supported by the eAPR application.
An Invitation To Apply is extended to any candidate in the Express Entry pool who has been chosen by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to apply for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry immigration selection system.
ITAs are given based on priority as the IRCC performed a draw from the Express Entry pool, which is made up of applicants who have made an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada.
Take note that the Invitation To Apply is an auto-generated letter sent to Express Entry candidates via their profiles. It should not be confused with initial Express Entry eligibility, a job offer from a Canadian business, or a province nomination certificate.
How Do I Get An Invitation To Apply?
For you to receive an Invitation to Apply through Express Entry, you must meet two requirements.
Firstly, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility for one of the three skilled worker immigration programs under Express Entry, which are:
If you qualify for at least one of the programs above, you may then create an Express Entry profile that adds your name to a pool of candidates. Once you have successfully submitted your profile and you have been deemed eligible, you’ll be automatically given a score by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on the information and details you have provided in your Express Entry profile.
The second criterion for you to receive your ITA is the Comprehensive Ranking System Score. Keep in mind that Express Entry is a competitive immigrant selection system that ranks candidates against each other based on their CRS score. The candidates with the highest CRS Scores will receive ITAs.
What Do I Do With An Invitation To Apply?
You will have 60 days from the date you receive your ITA to prepare and submit an electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR) in Canada through the IRCC website, along with scanned or electronic copies of all essential documents, such as:
- a valid passport;
- birth certificate;
- language test results;
- documentation that proves work experience;
- police clearance certificate/s;
- upfront medical receipt/s; and
- photographs of principal applicant/s and family members.
The following documentation may be required depending on the program under which a candidate was issued an Invitation To Apply and the information submitted in their Express Entry profile:
- adoption papers;
- Canadian Education Credential OR Educational Credential Assessment (ECA);
- Certified copy of a certificate of qualification in a skilled trade occupation issued by a Canadian provincial/territorial authority;
- children’s birth certificates;
- copies of work contracts and/or pay stubs;
- death certificate(s) for former spouse/s or common-law partner/s;
- divorce or annulment certificate/s;
- documents relating to income taxation;
- legal documents showing changes in name or date of birth;
- letter of attestation;
- marriage certificate/s;
- Non-passport travel documents;
- official transcripts of post-secondary education study program courses taken;
- original letter from a Canadian employer indicating an offer of arranged employment;
- proof of family relationship/s in Canada;
- proof of full custody for children;
- proof of settlement funds;
- secondary education documents; and a
- signed Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union and documents attesting to cohabitation for at least 12 months.
What Is Misrepresentation and What Will Happen If I Do It?
Misrepresentation is when a candidate or applicant is found to have submitted false or misleading information at any stage in the process. This can result in a five-year ban from immigrating to or even visiting Canada.
Even mistakes committed in good faith and without malice may be construed as misrepresentation. A candidate might, for example, approach a friend or family member to collect information or documents, which then turns out to be incorrect or misleading when submitted.
Another example of intentional misrepresentation is when an applicant provides inaccurate dates for an employment term or misstates the work requirements of a position to get more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System.
Of course, these examples do not represent the whole extent of misrepresentation. The applicant may be allowed to reply to concerns about their application in circumstances of probable misrepresentation.
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