February 20, 2024

Navigating Canada Migration: How to Secure Rounds of Invitations for Immigration to Express Entry

Skilled workers and specialists can immigrate to Canada as quickly as possible thanks to the Express Entry system, which has been in place since 2015 and has demonstrated its reliability on the internet. Though in actuality it is only 3–4 months, the federal government says the deadline is 6 months.

Many employers are active in the electronic Express Entry process, which has the interest and participation of both the federal and province governments.

Within the Express Entry system, each candidate receives a point value based on a variety of variables, including education, work experience, foreign language proficiency, and more. 1200 points is the maximum amount.

Through the Express Entry mechanism, an applicant may legitimately obtain an extra 600 points if they have not yet received a sufficient number of points. An invitation to work in Canada, for instance, carries an extra 50 points. A province's invitation is valued at 600 points.

Invitation to Apply in the Express Entry Selection System" is the invitation to apply (ITA).

You will be added to the candidate pool if you intend to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system and satisfy the requirements for any of the immigration programs.

The CRS system evaluates you there. An Invitation to Apply (ITA), which is also an invitation to submit documents to become a resident of Canada, will be sent to you shortly if you get a passing score.

If the candidate successfully verifies the information submitted and has no outstanding legal or medical issues, the ITA indicates that they are eligible for admission to Canada and are prepared for acceptance.

Applicants who, based on their CRS score among similar applicants for the immigration program, have received the highest points in the round of invitations are extended an invitation to apply.

An email known as an ITA is automatically issued to applicants who have been chosen by the system. Consequently, it is important to distinguish between ITA and the applicant's genuine Express Entry system registration or the official invitation they get from a Canadian business.

ITA's Reaction: Schedule and Choices

The applicant has ninety days from the date of invitation to become a resident of Canada. You have to select between these two acts during this time:

1. Accept the offer and submit your application for permanent residency (APR).

In this instance, you must fill out new applications, pay fees, and upload any required immigration documents.

2. Turn down the invitation.

This could be important in the following situations: wanting to immigrate under a different program; not being able to gather all the necessary paperwork in the allotted 90 days; information entered not matching reality.

The candidate is returned to the Express Entry pool if the ITA is rejected. From the time of the initial submission until the end of the year, his profile will be active. In the following round of selection, he might get another invitation if his points match.

Doing nothing—that is, refusing or accepting—is an additional choice. In this instance, the candidate's profile will be removed after ninety days. You'll need to make a new one in order to enter the pool once more.

It is advisable that you regularly monitor your Express Entry account. This will only be your issue if you choose not to respond to the ITA since you don't often use the Internet.

The ITA has arrived, yet the candidate's information is different from what was previously entered.

First, the profile is blocked after the invitation is received. Editing previously entered data that the CRS system has assessed will not be possible. If you accept the invitation, new forms will be added, so you will be able to modify the information on the Application for Permanent Residence (APR).

You are instructed to recalculate your CRS score if the data you submitted is no longer accurate for any reason (examples of such cases are discussed in a separate paragraph below). Following that, you have two choices:

1. Turn down the ITA.

If the candidate's eligibility for ITA is adversely affected by the updated information, then this option should be chosen, that is:

no longer satisfies the requirements for one of the programs; his CRS was discovered to be below the cutoff after recalculation.

If this is disregarded, the Canadian Immigration Service will be found to be falsifying information. The application will be rejected, and there will be no reimbursement for the processing costs. You can also obtain a two- to five-year immigration ban.

2. Accept the ITA and file for residency.

In this instance, it is incumbent upon the candidate to rectify the situation and provide all relevant documentation. Of course, following such modifications, the applicant's point total cannot drop below what is considered acceptable for selection.

In the event that a candidate's birthday falls after they receive the ITA, they will not be punished for the loss of points overall.

Examples of situations where scores could be impacted

Positively speaking:

  1. Three years of work experience has been added;
  2. The language exam is set to expire. The applicant took the test again and fared better.

In the wrong direction:

  1. language test results decreased;
  2. a job offer in Canada was rescinded.


In conclusion, the Express Entry system has revolutionized the immigration process to Canada, offering a streamlined pathway for skilled workers and specialists. With active participation from employers and governments, candidates are evaluated based on a comprehensive points system, leading to invitations for permanent residency. Upon receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates have the option to accept or decline, with careful consideration of their eligibility and readiness to proceed. Regular monitoring of the Express Entry account is crucial to ensure accuracy and timely responses to ITAs. Ultimately, success in the Express Entry system hinges on thorough preparation, strategic decision-making, and adherence to program requirements, paving the way for a successful transition to life in Canada.

Explore How Pelican Migration Can Assist

Pelican Migration Consultants stands ready to assist individuals navigating the complex process of immigration to Canada through the Express Entry system. Our team of experienced consultants offers personalized guidance and support tailored to each client's unique needs and circumstances. With our expertise and in-depth knowledge of Canadian immigration laws and procedures, we provide comprehensive assistance to ensure a smooth and successful application process. Here's how we can help:

  1. Personalized assessment: Conducting a thorough evaluation of each client's profile to determine eligibility for immigration programs.
  2. Application preparation: Assisting with the compilation and submission of necessary documents, ensuring compliance with program requirements.
  3. Interview preparation: Providing guidance and support to prepare for interviews and assessments conducted as part of the immigration process.
  4. Post-ITA support: Assisting clients with the preparation of their application for permanent residency after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
  5. Ongoing assistance: Offering continuous support and guidance throughout the immigration process, addressing any questions or concerns that may arise.

With Pelican Migration Consultants by their side, clients can navigate the complexities of Canadian immigration with confidence and peace of mind, knowing that they have a dedicated team supporting them every step of the way.