Candidates with the highest scores on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Candidates in the pool will be issued an ITA for permanent residence when they:

  • have a job offer supported by an Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from an employer in Canada; or
  • have a nomination from a province or territory that has an immigration nominee program; or
  • are one of the highest-ranked candidates who qualify for one of the three federal programs under Express Entry.

An ITA does not guarantee a person will be approved for permanent residence. They still have to meet admissibility requirements under Canada’s immigration law (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).

A qualifying job offer from an employer in Canada is a significant asset but not a requirement. Candidates can also obtain enough points to receive an ITA based on how high their score is on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) or if they get a provincial or territorial nomination. Provinces and territories will be able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool through their PNPs to meet local labour market needs.

Candidates who get an ITA will have 90 days to submit a complete electronic application for permanent residence. Extensions will not be granted.

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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