Canada’s IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) issued updated ITA Express Entry instructions and guidelines for ITAs (invitations to apply) for permanent residence under the Express Entry system on April 16, 2021.

6,000 ITAs
were issued April 16, 2021, at 21:35:52 UTC; with a 417 CRS score for the lowest-ranked candidate invited.

The updated Express Entry Ministerial Instructions include:

  • eligible foreign national means a foreign national whose expression of interest is in the express entry pool established by the Express Entry Instructions. (étranger admissible)
  • Express Entry Instructions means the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Express Entry System, as published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 1, 2014, as amended from time to time. (Instructions concernant le système Entrée express)
  • specific ranking means (a) for a class referred to in any of paragraphs 2(a) to (c) of the Express Entry Instructions, the ranking established only among the eligible foreign nationals who are eligible to be invited to make an application in that class; and (b) for the class referred to in paragraph 2(d) of those Instructions, the ranking established only among the eligible foreign nationals who are members of that class. (classement spécifique)
  • invitation has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Express Entry Instructions. (invitation)

What Is Express Entry?

Canada’s Express Entry is used to manage applications for Permanent Residence under three federal economic immigration programs:

Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.

Express Entry candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. You must have a score of at least 67 points out of a possible 100 Selection Factor criteria before you apply under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are awarded using the information in their profile including work experience, education, age, and official language ability, among other factors.


IRCC issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to qualifying candidates.

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