Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada operates Express Entry System to fast-track the selection of immigrants through several economic immigration programs. Candidates with high scores in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Invitation to Apply is the ultimate objective of candidates who submit their profiles to the Express Entry Pool.

The Invitation to Apply is of immense value because it allows the candidate to become a permanent resident within a few months after application. Immigration experts can improve your chances of receiving an ITA by perfecting your Express Entry profile.


Any applicant who submits an Express Entry profile can expect an Invitation to Apply. The Express Entry draw system picks up the top-ranking profiles in the pool.

The draws for the selection of top Express Entry profiles happen periodically. An Invitation to Apply depends upon your profile’s score. You will receive an ITA if your profile score is above the cut-off threshold. It grants the candidate permission to apply for immigration to IRCC. The cut-off can change according to the average CRS scores of the profile in a particular Express Entry pool.

Eligibility to receive an ITA

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada (IRCC) conducts frequent draws to select Express Entry profiles with high ranks. You will receive an Invitation to Apply if the CRS score is above the cut-off threshold for a particular draw. 

You need to meet the following requirements to receive an Invitation to Apply.

Establishing that you qualify for one of these economic immigration programs:

  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class

Eligibility for these programs is a must to create your profile in the Express Entry System. The Express Entry System will assess your profile for eligibility to enter the pool. The selection for Invitation to Apply is done after assigning a specific score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Applicants of the highest-ranking profiles receive the Invitation to Apply.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (ICRC) selects the top ranking profiles. It may also conduct exclusive draws for specific economic immigration programs to prioritize the candidates who want to immigrate under these programs.

Significance of CRS score to receive an ITA

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is the second eligibility criteria to receive an Invitation to Apply. Each eligible candidate gets a score out of 1200 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System. You can proactively improve your score from time to time after submitting your profile to the pool of Express Entry systems. The Comprehensive Ranking System dynamically ranks the candidates as per various factors. The system dynamically assigns points by evaluating the following:

  • Level of education
  • Canadian credentials
  • Language proficiency
  • Canadian work experience 
  • Skill transferability
  • Valid job offer
  • LMIA approval
  • Contacts (relatives) in Canada
  • Provincial nomination

These factors help you achieve higher scores in the Comprehensive Ranking System and improve chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply. The invitation is valid for 60 days from the date of receipt, and there is no provision of any extension. It is in your interest to start preparing for the application to permanent residency before receiving the invitation to apply. You will require several documents and pieces of evidence to prepare the application.

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