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Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence Canada (ITA)

Those who wish to immigrate to Canada to become a Permanent Resident must be invited. An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is an invitation that allows some people who submitted a profile to Express Entry to apply for permanent residence. The ITA is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Those individuals who have been invited may immigrate to Canada with their accompanying family members including their spouse/common-law partner and their dependent children.

How to Get an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence

In order to receive an ITA a candidate must be eligible to immigrate by meeting the minimum requirements for the Express Entry pool. The candidate will be assessed by their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS score ranks an individual by their:
  • skills
  • education
  • language ability
  • work experience
  • Accompanying spouse or common law partner factors
  • and more
The invitations to apply (ITA) will be given to those with the minimum or higher CRS score of that specific Express Entry draw. Each draw whether it is through a PNP or Express Entry have a minimum CRS score, those with a ranking CRS score higher than the published one, will receive an invitation.

What Should I Do After I Receive an ITA

Once you receive an ITA there is a 60 day period where you must apply and submit all the required supporting documents. With the 60 day period being only about 2 months, it is important that candidates begin to collect and organize the required documents before receiving an ITA. That way if a candidate receives an ITA they will be able to apply and submit their documents right away. If a candidate does miss the 60 day period to apply they will be to re-enter the Express Entry pool and start over.

Required Documents to Apply for Permanent Residence

Those who receive an ITA will be required to submit required documents along with their application. The following are the main required documents to submit for permanent residency:
  • Valid passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Language test results
  • Documentation attesting to work experience
  • Police clearance certificate(s)
  • Upfront medical receipt
  • Photographs of principal applicant and family members
There are several PNP programs that require further documents such as:
  • Canadian Education Credential OR Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Letter of attestation
  • Official transcripts of post-secondary education study program courses taken
  • Secondary education documents
  • Original letter from a Canadian employer indicating an offer of arranged employment
  • Proof of family relationship(s) in Canada
  • Proof of settlement funds
  • Legal documents showing changes in name or date of birth
  • Marriage certificate(s)
  • Signed Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union and documents attesting to cohabitation for a period of at least 12 months
  • Divorce or annulment certificate(s)
  • Death certificate(s) for former spouse(s) or common-law partner(s)
  • Children’s birth certificates
  • Adoption papers
  • Proof of full custody for children
  • Travel documents (non-passport)
  • Certified copy of a certificate of qualification in a skilled trade occupation issued by a Canadian provincial/territorial authority
  • Copies of work contracts and/or pay stubs
  • Documents relating to income taxation

How to Decline an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency

In the event that a candidate wants to decline an Invitation to Apply, they will have their profiles put back into the Express Entry pool. That candidate will be considered for future Express Entry rounds of invitations. If someone does decline an invitation, they are not guaranteed that they will receive another invitation.

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