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Express Entry Immigration

Express Entry Immigration

Express Entry candidates for Canadian immigration who receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence have had their skills and potential to succeed recognized by the Government of Canada.


About the Invitation To Apply for Canadian permanent residence

An Invitation To Apply is offered to any candidate in the Express Entry pool who has been selected to apply for immigration to Canada by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) through the Express Entry immigration selection system. Invitations to Apply are issued on a priority basis when IRCC performs a draw from the Express Entry pool, which is made up of candidates who have made an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada.

An Invitation To Apply should not be confused with initial eligibility to enter the Express Entry pool, nor should it be confused with a job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial nomination certificate. The Invitation To Apply is an auto-generated letter issued to Express Entry candidates through their Express Entry profiles.


How candidates may obtain an Invitation To Apply

Only candidates eligible to immigrate to Canada by meeting the minimum entry criteria of a federal economic immigration program may enter the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS ranks candidates under the following components:

  • core human capital factors;

  • accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors, if applicable;

  • skill transfer-ability factors; and

  • factors relating to a provincial nomination, a qualifying offer of arranged employment, previous study in Canada, having a sibling in Canada, or proof of French ability.

There are a total of 1,200 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System.


The government of Canada issues Invitations to Apply to certain candidates in the Express Entry pool according to their ranking by publishing a minimum CRS cut-off score at the time of the draw and notifying those candidates who have been invited to apply for permanent residence.