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Know How To Get An ITA (Invitation To Apply)

To get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) plays a key role in the Express Entry process, and there are many questions that usually comes up on this topic.

If you plan to becoming a permanent resident in Canada through ITA in Express Entry, this information we have provided will set you on course in the right direction.

An invitation to apply is an official document issued out by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to applicants in the Express Entry pool.

With an Invitation to Apply, also refer to as an ITA, an applicant can file in for Canadian permanent residence, with processing times of about 6 months or less (depending on the readiness of the applicant’s documents)

Invited applicants can migrate to Canada with their spouse, dependents or family members, if applicable.

What to do to Get an ITA?

To obtain an ITA you must have the following credentials:

  • You must have a highly-ranked express entry profile
  • You must have a valid job offer
  • You have to be nominated by a province or territory

How to improve your chances of getting an ITA?

Candidates can improve their chances of getting an ITA by improving their Express Entry profile score, that way it becomes much easier to rank high.

Below are the best ways to improve Express Entry profile score:

  • You can contact provinces to be considered for their Provincial Nominee Program i.e SINP, Quebec PNP etc.
  • Get a valid job offer in a Canadian company
  • Improve your language ability
  • Improve your educational qualifications
  • Acquire more relevant work experience

Ensure you have your documents prepared the moment you are accepted into the Express Entry pool. Getting your documents in order will make it easier to apply permanent residence within the 90 days.

What next? After submitting my profile to Express Entry

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has an up-to-date notice about the number of ITAs being issued out monthly, and the minimum number of points you require to obtain an ITA is also announced.

If you meet the Express Entry qualifying points, you will be issued an ITA during this period.

Your profile expires after one year, during which you should get an ITA for permanent residence. But if you didn’t receive any ITA, you can withdraw your profile and submit it again to be considered the following year.

What to expect after getting an ITA?

After being issued an ITA, you will:

  • be informed about the skilled immigrant program you are accepted into
  • given a period of 60 days to apply for permanent residence
  • required to lodge the needed documents and fees to conclude your application for permanent residence
  • usually application permanent residency takes of up to 6 months to be processed

If your application for Canada PR is successful, you will be sent a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and/or a Permanent Residence Visa.

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