Canada Express Entry Candidates Now Have 60 Days To Submit Application After Receiving ITA

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The time allowed under the Canada Express Entry system for submitting a complete application after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) has been reduced.

As of Tuesday, June 29, candidates must submit a full application within 60 days, down from 90 days. Candidates who received an ITA before June 29 still have 90 days to submit their applications.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aiming to reach an ambitious target of 401,000 new immigrants in 2021, as Canada emerges from the COVID-19 crisis.

mmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aiming to reach an ambitious target of 401,000 new immigrants in 2021, as Canada emerges from the COVID-19 crisis.

ITAs Issued by This Stage of Each Year

This explains the reason behind the move to reduce the application window, ensuring candidates who receive an ITA submit their paperwork in a timely manner.

IRCC has issued continued high numbers of ITAs during the Express Entry draws so far this year, including one draw in which a staggering 27,000 invitations were issued.

Aside from the February mega-draw, officials have also regularly issued in excess of 6,000 ITAs every two weeks, in targeted draws aimed at Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.

Minimum CRS Scores For 2021 CEC Draws

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

ITAs Issued In Last 10 Express Entry Draws

Stakeholders expect to see continued high numbers of invitations issued as Canada builds towards its target of more than 400,000 new permanent residents in 2021, with CRS scores likely to drop.

With the coronavirus crisis striking in March 2020, Canada switched to program-specific draws aimed at Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. This had the affect of significantly increasing the number of individual draws beyond previous years.

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What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?

Employers are encouraged to consider securing an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to ensure long-term retention of employees.

At we provide Canadian employers with unparalleled immigration legal services and recruitment of foreign nationals through our in-house Global Recruiters of Montreal, and We bring qualified candidates to Canada in the shortest time possible. Employers in a wide range of industries can directly benefit from our unique position as one of Canada’s leading immigration firms in the industry, with a strong online presence, to meet both their recruitment and immigration requirements.

Interested employers wishing to seek our assistance are invited to contact us here for further information.

What Should Candidates Do Next?

Given the coronavirus crisis, it is difficult to predict what CRS scores will be required to secure an ITA in 2021. Scores have dropped as low as 75 for CEC draws.

However, securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended. Watch our Facebook livestream video on how to find jobs in Canada from overseas.

We offer all our individual clients with excellent employment services as well as a 60-minute Live, Face-to-Face LinkedIn tutorial on how to find jobs in all areas of Canada.

Find out whether you qualify to Canada by completing our free online evaluation. We will provide you with your evaluation results within 1-2 business days.


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