Express Entry: Overview – ITA
Express Entry is Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) system for managing the intake of economic immigration applications submitted on or after January 1, 2015, for the following classes:
- Federal skilled worker class (FSWC);
- Federal skilled trades class (FSTC);
- Canadian experience class (CEC); and
- a portion of the provincial nominee class (PNC).
As of January 1, 2015, foreign nationals must receive an invitation from IRCC before they may apply to the above programs.
How to become a candidate for permanent residence under Express Entry
In Express Entry, foreign nationals wishing to come to Canada must
- first complete a profile through their online account.
- Those who appear to meet the criteria of one or more of the three federal immigration programs managed through Express Entry (i.e., FSWC, FSTC and CEC) are automatically entered into the Express Entry pool of candidates.
- Top-ranked candidates are then invited to apply online for permanent residence.
Express Entry rounds of invitations and Invitation to Apply
- On a regular basis, IRCC conducts “rounds of invitations” and
- invites the highest ranked Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence.
- From the date of issuance of an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates have 90 calendar days to submit a complete online application for permanent residence through their online account.
Documents to support your application for permanent residence
You should start to get your documents ready as soon as you are accepted into the Express Entry pool.
If we invite you to apply, you will have 90 days to fill out your application for permanent residence and submit all supporting documents.
Check that your language test results will still be valid on the date you plan to apply for permanent residence.
You will need to get police certificates for you and each of your family members who are over 18. You must get one from each country or territory where you have spent six or more months since the age of 18.
You can check the criteria for the program you have been directed to apply under to see if you are still eligible.
Changes to your personal situation
If your situation (or that of your spouse or partner) changes, you should re-calculate your score before applying online for permanent residence.
If your recalculated score is less than the lowest score in your round of invitations for an invitation to apply, you should decline the invitation.
Find your NOC
Determine your eligibility – Provincial Nominees