Invitation to apply (ITA) gives you an opportunity to qualify for applying a permanent Canadian residence. Once you receive an ITA, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada also guides you through to choose the most suitable skilled immigration program along with letting you know how to apply for a permanent residence in Canada. One thing that you need to be quite clear about is the fact that mere receiving an ITA does not make you eligible for being a permanent resident in Canada. Receiving an ITA only makes you eligible to apply for a permanent residence in Canada via an application that can be either accepted or rejected.


While filling in the information in the Express Entry Profile, you need to avoid any possibility of a loophole as far as accuracy is concerned. Filling in your Express Entry Profile with pseudo information will not only cause it to be rejected, but also make you susceptible for further punishment. If any kind of foul play is found in your application, you might even be prohibited in Canada. In many cases you might even be prohibited to enter Canada in any way for duration of five years in a row.

The Process

Once you receive an ITA, it is mandatory that you submit your application for permanent residence in Canada within 90 days of getting it. Also, you need to make sure to fulfill some other miscellaneous formalities within 60days of receiving an ITA. Take a look at these –

  • Language Test Results – Keeping a check on the validity of your language test results should be your first priority as an applicant. Generally, language test results are valid for two years. In order to go pass the formalities of ITA successfully, it is crucial that your language test results are valid on the day of your application submission. In case you find out that the validity of your language test will expire before the date of your application submission, it is crucial that you retort to other options like; get the test again or decline the ITA.
  • Procuring a Police Certificate – It is mandatory to procure a police certificate for applicants who receive an ITA. Procuring a police certificate can be time taking task, hence it is better that you start collecting these as soon as possible. More so because you will be required to provide a police certificate for each county in which you have lived for 6 months or more as an adult.
  • Program Specifications – Another important factor that you need to keep in mind while submitting your application is to make sure that you fulfill all the needs of the skilled immigration program that you had selected.
  • Personal Information – Maintaining a high Comprehensive Ranking System score is quite important to increase the chances of getting a permanent residence in Canada. A change in your personal situation can at times lower this score and in such cases it is always a better idea to decline the ITA. The most common reasons that cause to lower this score happens to be losing out on a job offer, language test scores that turn out to be expired, or losing out on provincial nomination for permanent residence etc. On the other hand, there are a number of factors that can contribute to either increase or lower these scores. One such factor is adding a spouse. This is something that will push you towards obtaining higher or lower scores, all on the basis of your partner’s language skills, education, as well as chances of settling in Canada.

What happens when you turn down an ITA?

There are a number of scenarios in which it is always a better idea to decline an ITA. It is so because declining an ITA still lets you be eligible to fill in the Express Entry application the next time. Declining an Invitation to Apply does not in any way have a negative impact on your chances to receive an ITA in the future. Hence, it is advisable that you save yourself from getting removed from the Express Entry pool, by not using the option to decline an ITA. While you are in the pool of candidates who are eligible for the Express Entry process, you must work on keeping your personal information up to date. In this situation, you must also try to get a high Comprehensive Ranking Points score by grabbing a job opportunity, getting nomination through province, or acquiring high language test scores. Last but not the least, you must also be aware of the fact that not responding to an ITA can straight away decline you of any chance in the future to get through the Express Entry pool for permanent residence.