Invitations to apply – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

Note: You now have 90 days to finish your online application for permanent residence once you are invited to apply. Find out more about the recent changes to Express Entry.

If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you will need to show proof of the information you gave us in your Express Entry profile. We will refuse your application if the information in your profile is different from what you submitted in your application.

If we invite you to apply, you will get a message in your account telling you:

  • which program you are invited under, and
  • what to do next.

If we find that you misrepresented yourself (gave us false information or left out important details), we will refuse your application. In that case:

  • your application could be refused,
  • you could be found inadmissible, and
  • you could be barred for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason.

Documents to support your application for permanent residence

You should start to get your documents ready as soon as you are accepted into the Express Entry pool.

If we invite you to apply, you will have 90 days to fill out your application for permanent residence and submit all supporting documents. Having your documents ready will make it easier to apply within the 90 days.

Language tests

Check that your language test results will still be valid on the date you plan to apply for permanent residence. If your results expire before then, you should:

  • be tested again,
  • apply before your test results expire, or
  • decline the invitation and go back into the pool to be considered in the future.

If you apply for permanent residence with language test results that have expired, we will refuse your application.

If you submit more than one valid test, we will use the test with the highest scores to assess your application.

Police certificates

You will need to get police certificates for you and each of your family members who are over 18. You must get one from each country or territory where you have spent six or more months since the age of 18.

For countries where you have lived for six months or more, the police certificate must be issued after the last time you lived in that country.

In some countries, it can take a long time to get police certificates. If you did not start the process to get them before you were invited to apply, you should do this right away, so you can submit them before the 90 days are up.

Program requirements

You can check the criteria for the program you have been directed to apply under to see if you are still eligible.

By understanding your program requirements, you will be more prepared to apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It will also help you decide whether or not to accept an invitation to apply if you are issued one.

Changes to your personal situation

If your situation (or that of your spouse or partner) changes, you should re-calculate your score before applying online for permanent residence.

If your recalculated score is less than the lowest score in your round of invitations for an invitation to apply, you should decline the invitation.

Warning: In this case, if you decide to apply, we may refuse your application and will not refund your application fee.

Some examples of changes which could lower your score:

  • you no longer have a valid job offer
  • you no longer have a provincial nomination
  • your language test scores have expired, or you re-took them and they are lower

Find out how to re-calculate your score.

Declining an invitation to apply

If you decline an invitation, you will be put back into the Express Entry pool of candidates (as long as you still meet the minimum criteria) to be considered in future rounds of invitations.

You may have to take steps to be considered again for the pool. For example, if you got additional points for a job offer but the job is no longer available to you, you may need to get another job offer. Or, if you got married or entered into a common-law relationship, you will have to update your Express Entry profile.

There is no guarantee that you will be invited to apply again. But, if you choose to re-enter the pool, declining an invitation will not have a negative effect on whether or not you could be invited to apply later.

If you do not decline an invitation and you do not apply within 90 days, the invitation will expire. You will have to complete and submit a new Express Entry profile and be accepted to the pool again to be considered in future rounds of invitations.

To re-enter the pool, you must complete a new profile and meet the minimum criteria.

If you are not invited to apply

You can only stay in the Express Entry pool for one year from the date you were accepted into it. You can see this date in your account.

Your Express Entry profile will expire if you are not invited to apply in those 12 months. If it expires, you will get a message in your account telling you so.

Find out what you should do if you are not invited to apply and your profile expires.

Top questions about Express Entry profiles


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