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Can you apply for 2 Canadian immigration programs at once?

Can you apply for 2 Canadian immigration programs at once?

Immigration law does not forbid numerous applications, according to the IRCC, but processing money paid will not be refunded. It is conceivable to be eligible for more than one Canadian immigration program given the more than 100 economic class immigration programs available. So, it begs the question: Can you submit an application for more than one at once?

Even if the base Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may require a longer application process, you may be eligible for Express Entry but not necessarily wish to wait for an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Are both applications accepted?

You may submit two applications simultaneously, but you might have to withdraw one before a decision can be made on the other— and you won't get a refund on any processing fees you've already paid, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The IRCC sent the following statement to CIC News via email:

Multiple applications in the economic stream are not prohibited by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. However, the immigration officer would inform the applicant that the other application(s) must be withdrawn before finalizing one of the petitions.

Additionally, while several applications may be submitted, the applicant should be informed that once processing has started on any other application(s), processing costs paid for those applications are non-refundable.

There can be only one Express Entry profile.

You are not permitted to have more than one profile open at once under Canadian immigration legislation. According to the IRCC website, having multiple profiles won't increase your chances of getting invited or letting you be requested under a different program.

On your Express Entry application, however, you are permitted to list your spouse or common-law partner. A Principal Applicant (PA) receives a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and is assigned to each Express Entry application. 

The PA may list a spouse and dependent children on the application.

Only one applicant from a pair may serve as the PA. As long as both partners are eligible for at least one program run under the auspices of Express Entry, the pair can decide who will serve as the PA. This criterion is crucial since it's likely that one spouse will have a higher CRS score than the other.

Even though your profile is in the Express Entry pool, getting an ITA is not guaranteed. If your CRS score reaches the minimal requirement in a specific Express Entry draw, you can get an ITA.

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