COVID-19 and ITAs: During the coronavirus pandemic, all Express Entry applicants are being given 90 days to complete their PR application. Special COVID-19 measures are also in place to assist applicants who cannot gather all necessary documents due to the pandemic.
An invitation to apply is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to candidates in the Express Entry pool. With an Invitation to Apply, also known as an ITA, a candidate may apply for Canadian permanent residence. 80 percent of applications submitted through Express Entry are processed in six months or less.
Invited candidates may immigrate to Canada with their accompanying family members, if applicable. This may include a spouse or common-law partner, as well as any dependent children. All accompanying family members must have been included on a candidate’s initial Express Entry profile.
There are, however, a number of preliminary steps that must be completed before a candidate may receive an invitation to apply. Moreover, being invited to apply is by no means a guarantee that your application will be accepted — it is therefore crucial to know what to do to make sure that you can make your Canadian immigration goals a reality.