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Canada Express Entry immigration application period reduced to 60 days

Canada Express Entry immigration period. Canada announced that it is reducing the time allowed under the Express Entry system for submitting a complete application after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency.

As of Tuesday, June 29, the timeline for candidates to submit a full application was reduced to 60 days from 90 days. Candidates who received an ITA before June 29 still have 90 days to submit their applications.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aiming to reach an ambitious target of 401,000 new immigrants in 2021, as Canada emerges from the COVID-19 crisis.


The government of Canada has outlined how it will make immigration the cornerstone of Canada’s plan to get the economy moving again and accelerate recovery from the devastating economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. In October 2020, the government of Canada announced dramatic increases to Canada’s immigration levels for 2021 to 2023, to boost its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Canada aims to welcome more than 1.2 million newcomers between 2021 and 2023: 401,000 newcomers in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.

In March 2020, IRCC extended the application period from 60 days (which has been in place since 2018) to 90 days as part of its coronavirus-related measures to allow immigration applicants to have more time to prepare their documents as the pandemic was causing service disruptions and grounding flights.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

IRCC says the return to the 60-day timeframe will allow the department to process higher volumes of applications.

Canada Express Entry Immigration System


Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.

Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of other candidates ranked. 

Express Entry immigration period

According to the IRCC the 60-day timeline will allow the department to process higher volumes of applications.


Special measures remain in place for applicants who are affected by coronavirus-related public health restrictions. See the complete list on IRCC webpage.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.