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“I’ve just received an ITA, what should I do next?”

Canada’s Express Entry immigration system receives thousands of applicants each year. Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirement for their chosen program are added to an Express Entry pool.

The highest-scoring ones are then issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). It is also known as an electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR). The applicants get 60 calendar days to prepare and submit an eAPR.

The “after ITA process” needs to be followed very carefully to get your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR). This guide will delve into what an ITA is and what steps applicants must follow once they have been issued one.

What is an Invitation to Apply?

Applicants applying for Canadian immigration, whether through the Federal Immigration Programs or specific Provincial Nominee Programs, will likely need to go through the Express Entry System.

This system uses a points system to assess applications based on their skills, experience, and other factors. Applicants who receive a score above the minimum threshold for an Express Entry draw are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Applicants unfamiliar with the Express Entry process might assume that receiving an ITA means they have been selected for Permanent Residence.

However, this is incorrect. Receiving an ITA means Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) considers the candidate to be a potential choice for Permanent Residence and that they will be allowed to proceed to the next steps in the immigration process.

Anyone who receives an invitation to apply must follow certain steps and comply with IRCC’s instructions. Successful candidates who complete all these steps while meeting IRCC’s requirements will be issued Permanent Resident status.

3 Steps to Follow After ITA

As mentioned previously, the candidates who receive their ITA must complete their Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR) within 60 days.

This involves submitting their application online at IRCC’s web portal and providing the necessary documents.

Candidates who fail to complete these steps before the deadline lose their Invitation to Apply. Applicants who believe they cannot gather the required documents before the deadline can decline their ITA.

They will then be placed back in the Express Entry pool until they meet the points threshold for the next draw.

1. Gather the Required Documents

Candidates must quickly gather the documents required by IRCC. A document list will be provided in their Express Entry Profile. Applicants who cannot provide a specific document must provide a letter explaining why they could not obtain and submit it.

All documents must be presented in English or French. This includes:

Identity Documents

  • a copy of their passport’s biographical data page or alternate travel document.
  • a candidate must provide this from their own passport as well as the passports of any family members accompanying them.
  • a birth certificate as additional identity verification.
  • Those who reside in countries that do not issue birth certificates can provide an alternate document that details their date of birth and the names of one or both parents.
  • Candidates who provide this alternate document must include a letter of explanation that discusses why they could not provide an official birth certificate.

Marital Status Documents

Applicants must demonstrate their marital status by providing appropriate documents. The different documents for each material status are described below:

  • Single (Never Married): No documents needed.
  • Married: A valid marriage certificate.
  • Common-Law Partnership: Evidence of a partnership.
  • Divorced: A divorce certificate for each divorce the candidate has undergone.
  • Widowed: An official marriage certificate and an official death certificate.

Candidates may be required to provide a combination of documents depending on their specific circumstances. For example, an applicant who has divorced one partner and has remarried another will need to provide their divorce certificate and their new marriage certificate.

Language Test Results

Applicants are required to provide a copy of their official language test results. Some language examination centers automatically send IRCC these results. In other cases, applicants will need to submit these results themselves.

Work Experience Documents

Candidates must provide documents that demonstrate the work experience described on their Express Entry Profile. This includes:

  • Employment reference letters
  • Copies of employment contracts
  • Payslip samples if applicable

You may also like: Employment Reference Letter for Canada PR

Education Documents

Applicants must include education documents that verify the education credentials they stated on their Express Entry Profile. This includes:

  • A copy of each degree, diploma, and certificate they have claimed education points for.
  • A copy of transcripts for their high school, University, and College education.
  • Education Credential Assessment (ECA) report. The original copy is required.

Proof of Funds

Candidates must demonstrate they possess enough funds to move to Canada and support themselves. The minimum settlement funds threshold changes regularly, so candidates must verify that they possess enough funds by consulting the Government of Canada website.

These applicants must provide proof in the form of official letters from their bank or other financial institutions where they are storing their money.

Medical Examination

Applicants will be asked to undergo a medical examination after receiving their ITA. They must provide their examination results with their application.

Police Clearance Certificate

Candidates must obtain a police clearance certificate from their country of residence and submit it with their application. This certificate may take several weeks or months to receive. Applicants must therefore plan accordingly.


Applicants must include two digital photos of themselves as well as family members accompanying them.

Proof of Fee Payment

Applicants must pay their processing fees and provide proof of payment.

Provincial Nomination

Candidates who have received a Provincial Nomination must submit a copy of this nomination with their application.

Proof of Relatives

Applicants who have claimed Express Entry points for having relatives in Canada must provide proof of relation. This includes:

  • Proof that the relative possesses Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status.
  • Proof that they are the candidate’s family.
  • Proof that the relative is currently residing in Canada. This can be provided in the form of bank statements or utility bills.

2. Submitting the Application

Once the applicant has gathered the documents mentioned above, they can complete their Application for Permanent Resident (eAPR) and submit it online at IRCC’s web portal along with supporting documents.

3. After Submission

IRCC typically takes six months to process most applications. They may also invite candidates to undergo an interview during this time. For the latest processing times please visit this useful tool available on IRCC’s website.

Candidates who are successful will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR). IRCC will then provide instructions on how to proceed next before entering Canada.

Need help with Post-ITA Process?

Prospective immigrants who have received an Invitation to Apply should reach out to us for assistance. Our qualified team of Regulated Immigration Consultants has assisted numerous immigrants with completing the post-ITA process and can ensure your application is completed according to IRCC’s requirements. Please contact us today to complete your journey to Canada.

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