How long does it take for Express Entry immigration to Canada?

How long does it take for Express Entry immigration to Canada?

January 12, 2020

Express Entry is a fast immigration system for Canada. The whole process can take six months or less for the eligible candidates who receive an invitation to apply (ITA) shortly after joining the pool, and who then request a full application promptly. However, the following variables may extend this timeline and should be taken into account:

  • While some candidates are invited soon after entering the Express Entry pool, other candidates, depending on their CRS score and CRS cut-off thresholds in Express Entry draws, may only receive an ITA months later, or not at all.
  • Some invited candidates may be ready to apply for immigration to Canada soon after being invited, while others may need more of the 60 days allotted.
  • While IRCC aims to process applications within six months, some applications may take longer, and decisions on other applications may take less than six months.


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