You’ve been waiting for your application to be selected from the Express Entry pool. You know that applicants are chosen every couple of weeks. You’ve kept watch of the minimum score. And now, at long last, you’ve been given an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Congratulations on reaching this point in your immigration journey! We know this is a big moment.
But What’s Next?
You’ll need to get your application submitted within 60 days of receiving your ITA. After 60 days, if you do nothing, your ITA will expire, and you will have to enter the Express Entry pool all over again. If you decline your ITA, your profile will return to the Express Entry pool, and you will be considered for future draws.
To accept your ITA, you’ll need to have all your documents in order and ready to submit! That said, it’s a good idea to start collecting these documents while you are still in the Express Entry pool and before you are selected. This way, you can avoid being overwhelmed by the 60-day deadline once you receive your ITA.
What Documents Do I Need to Submit?
First and foremost, you’ll need to complete your application for permanent residence. Make sure you’re completing it with only correct and accurate information.
Additionally, the IRCC will want to see various important documents to confirm that your Express Entry profile information is accurate.
In most cases, these are the documents you will need to scan and submit:
- Your passport – make sure it’s valid!
- Your birth certificate
- Language test results
- Proof of your work experience – could be reference letters, employment contracts, or payslips
- Proof of education – diplomas and degrees, certificates or transcripts
- Police clearance certificate
- Proof of medical examination
- Photos of you and family members listed on your application
If you have a spouse and dependent children, prepare to provide their documents too. Dependent children must be under the age of 22. However, if your child is over 22 and relies on you financially due to their physical or mental condition, they can still be considered your dependent.
Moreover, if you applied for Express Entry with a provincial nomination or any other Canadian immigration program with specific requirements, be sure to upload documents to prove those criteria.