The Exemption Given to A11.2 – Applicable for Candidates Who Have a Birthday After the Invitation to Apply (ITA)
Situations could arise where applicants have their birthdays after they receive the Invitations to Apply (ITAs), but before they submit their electronic Applications for Permanent Residence (e-APRs). This change in their ages could result in reducing their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores.
Some individuals could find that their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores have become the lowest scores in the draw. Another spin-off of this situation could be that it might result in the applicants no longer meeting the minimum requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). As a result, these individuals might no longer meet the Minimum Eligibility Criteria (MEC) as well. Therefore, the officers would have no other alternative bit to refuse the applications based on A11.2.
In this scenario, the officers could consider applying the Public policy to exempt applicants for permanent residence from certain age-based requirements between invitation to apply and application (refer to Appendix F), based on A25.2. This policy is useful for granting exemptions in case of refusals based on A11.2. Officers would ideally use this when a change in age results in:
- The candidate no longer meeting the Minimum Eligibility Criteria (MEC) or,
- Reducing the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points scores of the candidate below the lowest points score in the draw
This public policy also provides an exemption to applicants who receive refusals based on the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) requirements for having birthdays after they receive the Invitations to Apply (ITAs), but before they submit their electronic Applications for Permanent Residence (e-APRs).
Source: Citizenship and Immigration