Receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is always good news. It means your formal immigration application can begin with submission of the application form and supporting documents.

Further, it also indicates that you stand a good chance to succeed provided the information submitted in your profile was accurate

The Covid-19 pandemic forced Canada to restrict its Express Entry (EE) draws to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) candidates. The EE draw held on July 08, 2020 was the first one since the March 04,2020 to include Federal Skilled Worker Programs (FSWP) candidates.

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Now that FSWP candidates too have begun receiving ITAs, these are important points you should keep in mind to avoid delays or complications at a later date.

Know What has Changed

Immigration processing is not completely shut but there have been some changes to procedures due to the pandemic. Find out which procedures have been completely stopped, what deadlines have been delayed, and what remains unchanged despite the pandemic.

Submitting an incomplete application is not permitted despite the pandemic. This means your ITA will go waste if you don’t submit a complete application.

Some procedures like biometrics collection have been temporarily stopped, which means you will be required to complete this after

Get Your Documents in Order

Immigration authorities may be giving you extra time but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily delay your application. If you can get a police certificate or can complete the medical exam despite Covid-19 restrictions, then completing these formalities at the earliest may help speed up your immigration application.

If getting all documents is not possible, then focus on what you can compile, like reference letters from your employers and other documents available in hand. Being proactive in completing the documentation process can help you avoid complications if your application is queried for violating the extended deadline.

Good Time to Work with a Professional

In normal circumstances, a Do-It-Yourself approach to your immigration application, although not advisable, was not impossible.

However, things are hardly normal now. How does the travel restrictions impact your PR application? Do pandemic-related extensions of deadlines apply to all documents and formalities or only to those that you cannot obtain due to the pandemic?

What if your circumstances change to your disadvantage during the delay? How does that affect your PR application?

The answers to these questions depend on the unique facts and circumstances of your case, which means simply reading what the law or the rules say won’t help. The most sensible strategy would be to simply work with an experienced immigration professional when responding to your ITA.

Understand the Process Ahead

How will a re-lockdown affect your application? Are foreign skilled workers being hired or is there dearth of jobs in the country? An experienced immigration professional offering job-related assistance will certainly help you understand the process ahead.  

With the right resource in hand, responding to your ITA, submitting your application, and beginning your Canadian immigration journey is possible even during these uncertain times.

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