Changes to the Express Entry profile after receiving an Invitation to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence (ITA) can have significant consequences on a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
It is important that candidates ensure that they remain eligible for Permanent Residence (PR) until they submit their Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (EAPR). For this it is necessary to consult an immigration consultant in Canada.
Express Entry is the system used by the federal government of Canada to manage immigration applications for three programs: the Canadian Experience Classes (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP). According to Canada’s Immigration Level Plan for 2023-2025, Canada aims to receive at least 82,000 new immigrants through Express Entry each year for the next three years.
To be successful in immigrating to Canada through Express Entry, candidates must join the pool and upload their profile to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. From then on, they have to wait to receive the ITA, as without it it is not possible to apply for permanent residence. All ITA recipients have 60 days to submit their eAPR.
However, a common question among Express Entry candidates is: “What if my Express Entry profile changes after receiving the ITA?”
Below, we’ll answer that question and provide additional guidance to ensure a smooth immigration application process through Express Entry.
Types of Profile Changes and Consequences of Having an Incorrect Profile
After an Express Entry draw, in which ITAs are issued to different candidates for permanent residence in Canada, it is still possible to change the profile of an ITA recipient.
It is important to note that these changes can have a significant impact on a candidate’s CRS score, as CRS scores are only “locked” after EAPR submission (more on that later).
For example, a candidate may obtain an ITA and then experience a career/education change, get married, celebrate a birthday, or their language test results are out, all of which Before submission of EAPR.