As Express Entry draws/invitations rounds occur, the highest ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Your ITA will specify:
- which program you were selected for and should be submitting an application for permanent residence under;
- your complete CRS score breakdown; and
- the date by which you should apply.
When there is an "all-program" draw (meaning the draw is not specific to a program, like the CEC or FSTP) and you are eligible for more than one Express Entry option at the same time (i.e. you are eligible for both the FSWP and CEC), the system will invite you to apply for one of the classes in the following order:
1. Provincial Nominee Class (PNC)
2. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
3. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
4. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Responding to the ITA and submitting your application
Once you have been issued an ITA, you will only have 60 days to respond in one of the following ways:
Once you receive an ITA, your profile is "locked" and the profile information can only be revised if you formally decline the ITA through your online account. If you realize (after receiving an ITA) that your circumstances have changed or that the information in your profile (for which you received the ITA) is no longer accurate, IRCC recommends declining the ITA or risk being refused on section A.11.2 and assessed for misrepresentation. If you misrepresent your qualifications on your profile or application, you may be subject to a 5-year ban from submitting any further immigration or temporary residence applications, so always ensure that your information is up-to-date and accurate.