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Making Changes to Your Express Entry Profile After Receiving An Invitation to Apply

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"If you notice any out-of-date information on your Express Entry profile after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency, then making changes can prove difficult. Before receiving an ITA, you can make as many changes to your profile without any explanation as possible. "
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  May 23, 2021
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If you notice any out-of-date information on your Express Entry profile after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency, making changes can be difficult. Before receiving an ITA, you can make as many changes as possible to your profile without any explanation. 

It is in your best interest to make changes and update your profile to receive a high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. However, once you receive an ITA, your Express Entry profile gets automatically recorded in the Global Case Management System (GCMS). 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all the information provided in your profile is credible and verifiable before applying for permanent residency. If you fail to provide credible information, it can affect your immigration plans. You may even be discovered misrepresenting and be barred from applying for 5 years.

The government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has full access to all the information and documents submitted by you to decide on your application. Any information provided will be verified as well as all the documents. If the information and documents are incomplete, then your application will be either returned or refused. 

Take a look at our regularly updated Latest Express Entry Draw Updates and our Canada PNP Draw Updates.

What to Do If You Cannot Provide Complete Documents?

You have the right to decline an ITA in case you are unable to provide complete information. However, there is a difference between ignoring an ITA and not declining an ITA. 

Declining your ITA means that your Express Entry profile will be active as long as your ITA is valid. You can reapply for an ITA as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for the Express Entry managed programs and get a good CRS score. This way you will be able to maintain the maturity of your profile in the Express Entry pool. 

This means that in case that there is more than 1 candidate with the lowest CRS score, applicants will be selected based on the time and date of their profile submission. This gives you a higher chance of receiving an ITA. However, if you fail to respond to your ITA within 90 days, your ITA will expire and your profile will be deactivated. You can reenter the Express Entry pool with a new profile as long as you are still eligible. 

You also have the option of attaching an explanation letter in case you fail to obtain all the required documents. Your letter will be assessed and you may be granted an extension based on your case.

It is stressful to decline an ITA as it requires you to enter the Express Entry pool again and wait to receive an invitation again. Meanwhile, you can improve your CRS score to improve your chances of being selected again. 

You can improve your CRS score in several ways including applying for a provincial nomination, retaking language tests, etc. It is all about keeping your profile updated and accurate. 

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