Sometimes, a candidate’s Express Entry Profile, and therefore their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, changes after receiving an Invitation to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) (ITA).
If this happens, they must ensure that they remain eligible for PR by the time their Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR) is submitted.
Express Entry The name of the system used by the federal government of Canada to cumulatively manage immigration applications from three programs – the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP) Is. According to Canada’s Immigration Level Plan for 2023-2025, Canada aims to welcome at least 82,000 new immigrants through the Express Entry system over the next three years.
To successfully immigrate to Canada through Express Entry, candidates must enter the pool and upload their profile to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. At this point, they should wait till the ITA is received. It is not possible to apply for PR without ITA. All ITA recipients will have 60 days to submit their eAPR.
Still, a common question among Express Entry candidates is: “What if my Express Entry profile changes after I receive my ITA?”
The following will answer the question above and provide further guidance on ensuring a smooth immigration application process through Express Entry.
Types of Profile Changes and Consequences of Incorrect Profile
After the Express Entry draw, during which many candidates are issued ITAs for Canadian PRs, it is still possible to change the profile of an ITA recipient.
Comment: Such changes can have a notable impact on one’s CRS score as the CRS score is only “locked” after the candidate has submitted their EAPR (more on that later).
For example, a candidate may obtain an ITA and then undergo a career/education change, get married, celebrate a birthday or lose their language test results, all of which will be reflected in their EAPR submission. before doing.
If your profile changes, for whatever reason, it is important to maintain an accurate profile with up-to-date information. This is because “misinformation [or the omission of] Important Details” is grounds for the IRCC to reject immigration applications, find applicants inadmissible to Canada, and/or ban applicants altogether from applying to immigrate to Canada for up to five years.
Updating an Express Entry Profile after receiving an ITA
To avoid the consequences of wrong/incorrect profile information, candidates applying for any of the three programs managed under Express Entry can use the following guide to update their Express Entry profile after obtaining ITA .
Essentially, before receipt of ITA, candidates can make changes to their Express Entry profile without explanation. However, this is no longer possible once the ITA is issued as this is the moment when the candidates’ profiles are officially entered into the Global Case Management System (GCMS).
Therefore, at this time, applicants must be either:
- Upload additional supporting documents to verify change in circumstances (marriage, career change, etc.) and ensure the accuracy of the profile continues or
- Send Letter of Explanation (LOE) to the government if it is not possible to collect the required supporting documents
An LOE allows applicants to explain that, although they attempted to collect all required documents within the 60-day deadline (before their ITA expired), they were unable to do so.
Comment: LOEs are assessed on an individual case-by-case basis and approved or denied at the personal discretion of the reviewing immigration officer
Effect of change of profile on CRS score of the candidate
Another effect of post-ITA profile changes is that they may alter a candidate’s CRS score, which may affect a person’s chances of obtaining an ITA in the upcoming Express Entry draw.
A candidate’s CRS score can go up or down in a number of ways depending on various elements of their profile. For example, people who receive a valid job offer or increase their language test score/education/relevant work experience on their profile will earn more points and will be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada later. Will improve your chances of getting invited.
Profile Change and Eligibility for Canadian Permanent Residency
Some profile changes, even those that occur after receipt of an ITA, may make previously eligible candidates ineligible for permanent residency, this is important because a candidate’s Express Entry profile is not locked until unless they submit EAPR to IRCC.
For example, the results of the language test are valid for two years. If a period of two years elapses before the submission of the EAPR, a candidate will become ineligible for permanent residence in this country. This is true even if a candidate does not meet the income requirements set forth by the IRCC regarding their proof of funds, which are “changed each year based on the 50% of the lower income cut-off sum.”
Managing profile changes and potential processing time delays
Naturally, a profile change at any stage will require time for the IRCC to re-evaluate the candidate’s eligibility and fit them for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry. Therefore, it is possible that post-ITA profile changes may add to the total processing time of a candidate’s PR application.
Accordingly, it is important that Express Entry candidates make every effort to submit required documents and profile updates in a timely manner, as this will help minimize delays in the application process.
Minimizing the Negative Effects of Profile Changes
The key to handling profile changes after receiving an ITA is to ensure that the information is updated promptly and that any communication with immigration officials is done proactively whenever possible. In other words, if there is ever a situation where an immigration candidate can expect a change to their profile that requires communication with Canadian immigration authorities, they should notify the appropriate authorities about the impending change as soon as possible. Every effort should be made to inform
The specific steps that an Express Entry candidate can take to update their profile for any changes that may occur after receiving the ITA are detailed above.
In addition, it may be helpful to seek professional advice or assistance from a certified Canadian immigration lawyer.
An experienced immigration attorney can:
- Assist immigration candidates in completing required forms and applications completely and accurately
- Contact the Government of Canada on behalf of the applicant
- Use their expertise to ensure that critical mistakes are avoided during the immigration process