Invitations to apply – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

If we invite you to apply for permanent residence, you'll get a message in your account telling you:

  • which program you've been invited to apply for
  • what to do next

You'll need to show proof of the information you gave us in your Express Entry profile. We may refuse your application if the information in your profile is different from what you submit.

If we find that you misrepresented yourself (gave us false information or left out important details), we could:

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason

Documents to support your application for permanent residence

Get your documents ready as soon as you're accepted into the Express Entry pool. 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 or
  • 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'll refuse your application.

Police certificates

You’ll need to get police certificates for you and any of your family members who are 18 years old or older. You need one for every country, other than Canada, where you stayed for more than 6 months in a row in the last 10 years since you were 18 years old.

If you need one from the country where you currently live, it must have been issued within the last 6 months.

If you need one from a country where you lived in the past, it must have been issued after you last lived in that country. If it has an expiry date and is now expired, include it. We will let you know if you need a new one.

In some countries, it can take a long time to get police certificates. Ask for them right away, so you can submit them before your 90 days are up.

Program requirements

You can check the criteria for the program you've been directed to apply under to make sure you're still eligible.

By understanding your program requirements, you'll be more prepared to apply. It'll also help you decide whether or not to accept an invitation to apply if you're 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. If you decide to apply anyway, we may:

  • refuse your application
  • 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
    • are lower after you re-took them

Declining an invitation to apply

If you decline an invitation, you'll be put back into the Express Entry pool of candidates if you're still eligible. You'll be considered in future rounds of invitations.

In some cases, you may have to take steps to be considered again for the pool. For example:

  • you may need to get another job offer if you got additional points for a job offer, but the job is no longer available to you
  • you'll have to update your Express Entry profile if your marital status changed

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

If you don't decline an invitation and you don't apply within 90 days, the invitation will expire. To be considered in future rounds of invitations you'll have to:

  • complete and submit a new Express Entry profile
  • meet the eligibility
  • be accepted to the pool again

If you aren't 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 aren't invited to apply in those 12 months. If it expires, you'll get a message in your account telling you.

Find out what you should do if you aren't invited to apply and your profile expires.


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