Received an Express Entry Canada invitation? Here is what to do next
Have you entered the Express Entry Canada pool and received an invitation to apply for permanent residence? Confused on your next steps? Here is what to do.
Candidates such as yourself can now submit an application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Once you receive an invitation to apply (ITA), you will be given ninety (90) days to submit a complete and accurate application. If you do not submit an application within the ninety (90) days, your invitation will expire. This means, you will need to submit a new Express Entry profile and hope to receive another ITA.
The first step to submitting your application for permanent residence is to gather all required documents. Your ITA will state whether you have been selected for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or another Express Entry managed program. IRCC will provide a personalized document checklist for you through the Express Entry online portal.
Generally, candidates are required to submit the following documents:
- civil status documents (ie. birth certificate);
- language tests;
- work experience documents;
- education documents;
- medical exam documents;
- proof of funds;
- police certificates; and
- photos or other documents.
Police clearance certificates are required for any country you lived in for six (6) consecutive months or more in the last ten (10) years. Police certificates are not required to be submitted for any time before you were eighteen (18) years old. Also, you do not need to submit police certificates for any time spent in Canada until later in the process.
Invited candidates are required to have a medical exam done from a physician that is approved by IRCC. If you need a list or learn more about the Canada-approved physicians in Canada and abroad, visit the IRCC website.
Candidates usually must provide biometrics (ie. fingerprints and photographs). However, if you have given biometric information in the last ten (10) years for a different application such as a visitor visa, work or study permit, you do not need to give your biometrics again. This is a temporary measure due to COVID-19. If you have not given biometrics before, you are required to do so through the biometric collection site closest to you. If the site is closed, IRCC will extend your deadline to provide those details.
Depending on your specific situation, you may be required to provide other documentation. Remember to continually review your personalized checklist to ensure you have everything.
Once you have completed your medical, biometrics, and gathered and uploaded all required documents, you are ready to submit your application.
Processing times can vary, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. IRCC aims to have eighty percent (80%) of application within six (6) months.
IRCC may contact you for a short interview before making a final decision.
If you are successful, you will be mailed your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) IRCC will then instruct you on what to do next. You may have to go to a port of entry (Canada border) where you will need to present your COPR and demonstrate you have enough money to support yourself and your family.
If you are outside of Canada, you may need to drop off your passport at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) if you need a visa to enter Canada. Once processing is completed, you will then be contacted to pick up your passport and COPR. As well, if you are outside of Canada, you need to keep in mind the travel restrictions and mandates for entering Canada before departing your country.