Invitation to Apply (ITA) & the electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR) 2021

The Invitation to Apply (ITA) or sometimes called the electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR) is the final step of the Express Entry programme. The eAPR application provides the documents that support the details in your initial Express Entry profile.

Once you receive an ITA for Canadian permanent residence, you are on your way to fulfilling your Canadian immigration dreams!

How do I receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?
What happens after I receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?
What documents do I need for my eAPR?
How long does it take to receive an ITA?
How much does it cost to submit an eAPR?
Get help with your ITA/eAPR

How do I get an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

The first step to retrieving an ITA is to submit an Express Entry profile. You will then be entered into a pool of candidates and scored using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS is a performance-based scoring system that assigns a score to each candidate in the Express Entry pool.

Candidates who have a highly ranked place receive an ITA and are then invited to submit an electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR). If the eAPR is successfully approved, the applicant and their dependent family members included in the application will be granted Canadian permanent residence.

What happens after I get an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

After receiving an ITA, you will be given 90 days to prepare and submit an electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR) in Canada. This application is submitted through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) online web portal. Applicants will be asked to scan and submit copies of all required documents. 

Immigration Tip

Check your account regularly to see if any messages or updates from IRCC have been issued regarding your application.

IRCC states that 80% of eAPRs are processed within six months or earlier from the date of submission. If an application is approved, then the applicant and all accompanying family members will be issued visas allowing them to travel to a Canadian Port of Entry (POE) to obtain their official permanent resident documents!

After becoming a Canadian permanent resident, individuals should be sure to educate themselves on the PR requirements to ensure they remain eligible to renew their permanent residence card or apply for Canadian citizenship.

What documents do I need for my eAPR?

The requirements you need to provide for your eAPR are those that support the qualifications claimed in your Express Entry profile as well as proof you are not inadmissible to Canada. If you cannot provide a document that is requested, always provide a letter of explanation outlining why it cannot be obtained. It is advisable to mention the attempts you have made to obtain the missing documents and provide possible alternatives. 

Documents submitted must be in English or French. If they are not, you will need to have the documents translated by a certified translator. 

Using the services of a Canadian immigration attorney can help explain to the visa office in a clear and concise manner why your documents are not exactly as requested. If you need help with your application, get in touch with us for a free consultation



A copy of the biographical data page of a passport or travel document for the principal applicant and each of their accompanying family members.

Birth certificates

For everyone included in your application, you must provide a birth certificate. There are some countries that do not issue birth certificates, in that case, you can provide a document that confirms the details of your date of birth and at least one of your parent’s names. Including a letter of explanation with your application is advisable if you are not providing an official birth certificate. 

Adoption certificates are also required in the event you have adopted children. 

Marital status

  • Single (never married): in most cases, no documents are required to prove you are single
  • Married: marriage certificate 
  • Common-law/conjugal: evidence of a genuine relationship
  • Divorced: divorce certificate for each divorce you had
  • Widowed: marriage and death certificate

You may need to provide a combination of these documents in some cases. For example, if you are divorced and then remarried, you will need to provide both your divorce certificate as well as your new marriage certificate. 




  • Copies of certificates, diplomas or degrees for each completed program of post-secondary study you have claimed points for
  • Copies of transcripts for each completed secondary and post-secondary program
  • An original Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report
  • If you have claimed Canadian educational credentials, you must provide proof of successful completion of the program

Immigration Tip

If you have claimed points for your spouse’s education, documents to support those qualifications should be provided as well. 


Number of Family MembersFunds Required
For each additional family member$3,492
UpdatedJanuary 3, 2020

Immigration Tip

Minimum funds are calculated based on your family size. When you’re calculating how much you need to demonstrate, don’t forget to count yourself!


Electronic copies of medical examination confirmation.


Police clearance certificates are only valid for 12 months. So it’s important that you wait until you receive an ITA before you apply for one, otherwise, it could expire by the time your application is processed.

However, they can also take a long time to receive. Since you only have 90 days from receiving your ITA to submitting an application, this can be tricky to manage. If you have applied for police clearance certificates but do not receive them on time, you have to provide proof that you applied for them in your application. This will buy you some time for the police clearance certificates to come through.


Two (2) digital photos of you, your spouse or partner, and each dependent child.


Principal Applicant: $1325

Spouse: $1325

Dependent children: $225/child


If you have claimed points for a  you will need to provide a copy of the nomination.


If you have claimed a relative in Canada, you must provide:

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status for your relative
  • Proof your relative is residing in Canada like utility bills, Canadian tax documents or banking records
  • Proof of familial relationship with your relative in Canada


How much does it cost to submit an eAPR?

The costs of the application will depend on the applicant’s family size, how many countries they have lived in, and if documents need to be translated. 

  • Principal Applicant: $1325
  • Spouse: $1325
  • Dependent children: $225/child
  • Biometrics: $85/person
  • Medical examination fees: average cost – $450/adult & $250/child
  • Police clearance certificates: average cost – $100/country

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