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Can You Apply for 2 Canadian Immigration Programs at Once?

The Canadian immigration system offers more than 100 economic class immigration programs, making it possible for individuals to qualify for more than one program. This is the case in which we need to ask, can you apply for two or more simultaneously?

Well! You may be eligible for Express Entry but do not wish to wait to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Even though it requires more time, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may be of interest to you. If you are interested in both positions, can you apply for both?

There is a limit of two applications that can be submitted simultaneously to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), but one of them has to be withdrawn before the other can be processed. Processing fees associated with this application cannot be refunded due to their non-refundable nature.

More Than One Profile For Express Entry Is Not Allowed

It is generally prohibited under the immigration laws of Canada to have more than one immigration profile open at any given time. Having more than one IRC program listed on your profile will not increase your chances of being invited to apply, nor will it be possible for you to apply under another IRC program at the same time.

There is no problem with including your spouse or common-law partner on your Express Entry application in case you wish to include them on your application. Every Express Entry application is assigned a Principal Applicant (PA) who is responsible for determining the score they will receive based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). As a PA, you are permitted to submit a request on behalf of your spouse and dependent children if they are living with you.

If a couple is applying together, they may only have one PA. When both partners satisfy the requirements for at least one Express Entry program, the couple can decide who will be the primary applicant. As a rule of thumb, it is most likely that one partner will have a higher CRS score than the other, so this rule must be followed.

There is no guarantee that a candidate will receive an ITA based on the presence of their profile in the Express Entry pool. You may sometimes receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) based on the minimum cut-off score requirement for the Express Entry draws.