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Marriage on the cards while applying for Express Entry? What Next?
Marriage on the cards while applying for Express Entry?


One of the most joyous moments for anyone is when you get married. This is something that needs to be cherished for a lifetime. But what if it happens when you are also having plans of migrating to Canada and are amidst your Canadian Immigration Application? This is something that can happen unplanned and you are left with unnecessary anxiety about what would happen to your application now. It is certainly a question to wonder if one needs to inform the IRCC about your marriage while applying for Express Entry. Undoubtedly one has to inform the IRCC about these changes in your family composition, in particular, if it’s your marriage as the consequences of not doing so will have disastrous outcomes.

First of all, before we dive into the core aspect of this article it is worthwhile to have a quick rundown on what Express Entry and Invitation to Apply is all about.

Express Entry: This is the most popular and quickest pathway to permanent residence for immigrants who wish to have a new life in Canada. It is an online system used by the Government of Canada to organize and process applications for skilled workers who wish to migrate and settle in Canada and acquire Canadian permanent residence status.

ITA:  Also referred to as the electronic Application for Permanent Residence(eAPR) is the final step of the Expres Entry Program and provides all the documents that support the details listed in the Express Entry Profile.

There are a lot of questions that may arise in your mind in the situation of getting married while you are in the process of applying for Express Entry. We are trying to answer a few of them that can help many in similar situations.

A foremost question is Does one need to inform the IRCC about your marriage? The Answer to this is a big affirmation as it is definitely required to inform the IRCC about your marriage. This is not an optional one and according to the current Canadian Immigration rules, it is an obligatory step that you must complete regardless or not if your spouse will accompany you to Canada.

Having answered the above query what if you get married after applying for Canadian PR? Here it is very clearly outlined by the IRCC that you disclose any changes to your application, including information about dependent spouses. You will then have an option of whether or not to add them as dependents on their own applications. 

Ok, you get married after getting ITA but before you submit the PR Application, What now? If you get married after getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) but before you apply for PR, you will still need to update your family information with IRCC. Because your family composition has changed, the IRCC needs to be informed. This applies even if your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada.

You want to add your spouse to your PR application after ITA and once your PR application is submitted. Well, you can add your new spouse to your application. To start off you need to advise IRCC about your change in marital status and then IRCC will send you a list of documents needed to add your spouse to your application.

With the few questions answered what if your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada, do you still need to update the IRCC? Regardless of your spouse’s intentions to come to Canada, applicants must still inform the IRCC of their marriage.  This is because your family composition has changed, and IRCC needs to be aware of this change. If you do not update IRCC, it can result in your application being refused. You could also be banned from applying for permanent residence for up to five years.

Final Thoughts: Your dreams of migrating to Canada do not have to be hindered by your yet another joyous moment of getting married. One has to keep in mind that any change in your family composition has a direct impact on your Express Entry applications and the same has to be well informed to the IRCC to avoid any unfavorable outcomes.