You have received an Express Entry invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence— now what else?
Candidates like yourself can now lodge an application for permanent residence with Canada’s immigration department, also known as IRCC if you want to conclude your plans to immigrate to Canada.
Once you receive an invitation to apply (ITA), you will be given a total of ninety (90) days to lodge a complete and accurate application. Use this time wisely. If you do not submit an application within ninety (90) days, your invitation to Apply will expire. This means that you may have to lodge a new Express Entry profile and hope to get another invitation to apply.
Canada recently invited 27,332 immigration candidates in the biggest historic Express Entry draw ever. These candidates were qualified to become permanent residents via the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
As long as their Express Entry profiles were lodged to the pool before September 12, 2020, they only require a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of Seventy-five (75) in order to receive an invitation.
This was the lowest CRS requirements ever. This huge draw shows that Canada is committed to bringing over 400,000 immigrants this year, just as promised.
The first step to take in submitting your application for permanent residence is to prepare all your required documentation. Your invitation to apply will tell you whether you have been opted to apply for permanent residence via the Canada Experience Class or some other Express Entry-managed program.
The Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will provide you with a personalized document checklist through the Express Entry portal, depending on what immigration program you are registering for. Typically, candidates will be required to lodge their application with the following documents:
- civil status documents, like a birth certificate for instance;
- language tests;
- educational certificates or documents;
- work experience documents;
- police certificate;
- proof of funds;
- photos and other documents.
Police clearance certificate is required for any country you stayed in for six consecutive months or more, in the last ten (10) years.
In addition, you will need to have a medical exam from a medical doctor that is approved by IRCC. If you want to learn about the Canada-approved physicians, visit the IRCC website.
Candidates usually have to give biometrics (fingerprints and photographs). But, if you have given your biometrics in the last ten years as part of an application for a visitor visa, study, or work permit, you don’t need to give your biometrics again. This is part of a temporary measure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
You may also be asked to provide additional documents depending on your specific situations. It is a good idea to visit your personalized checklists to make sure you prepare all required documents.
Once you have completed your medical exam, given your biometrics, and uploaded all required documents, you are ready to lodge your application.
Processing times can vary. The immigration department aims to complete eighty (80) percent of applications within six months, though they admit there may be delays right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
IRCC may contact you for a brief interview before making a final decision on your application. If your application is successful, you will be sent your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR).
IRCC will then tell you what to do next. You may have to go to a port of entry where you will be asked to provide your COPR and show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family.
If you stay outside Canada, you may need to drop off your passport at a Visa Application Centre if you need a visa to enter Canada. Once processing is done, you will be reached to pick up both your passport and your COPR.
IRCC will continue to accept Express Entry applications from people who stay outside Canada. Those who are successful may travel to Canada once travel restrictions are eased.
However, seeing as the process may take many months, threatening years, it is a good idea to enter the Express Entry pool early enough, given the unpredictable nature of the draws.
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