Application for permanent residence: Federal skilled worker program (IMM 7000)

Table of Contents


This is not a legal document. For legal information, refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations or the Citizenship Act and Regulations, as applicable.

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request.


Overview

Application package

This application package consists of:

  • an instruction guide and
  • the required forms

The instruction guide is a tool that provides:

  • the information you must know about this application before sending it to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and
  • assistance with how to fill out the forms and the required supporting documents

Read the instruction guide thoroughly and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are specifically designed with questions that will assist the processing of your application.


Symbols used in this guide

This guide uses the following symbols to indicate information of particular importance.

Required step
What you must do to have your application processed.
Important information
Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems.
Get more information
Where to get more information.
Note:
Tips that will assist you with this application.

The application process

The instructions provided in this guide follow the basic steps you will need to know to complete your application.

  1. Gather documents
  2. Complete the application
  3. Pay the fees
  4. Mail the application

Before you apply

Permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program

Immigration has always helped to make Canada’s economy strong and prosperous. To continue this tradition, Canada encourages applications for permanent residence from people with skilled work experience and education that will contribute to the Canadian economy.

Before you apply, make sure you have assessed whether you meet the current eligibility criteria for skilled workers.


Who may use this application package

This application package is only for Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants. If you think you may qualify to apply under a different program, refer to the link below and find out which immigration program best suits your situation by using the Come to Canada Tool.

Check the other classes to see if you satisfy their eligibility criteria.


Do you intend to reside in Quebec?

If you intend to reside in the province of Quebec, you do not qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects foreign nationals who will adapt well to living in Quebec. If you intend to come to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker, you must first apply to the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC) (in French only).


Staying informed

Selection criteria, requirements and other information for applicants can sometimes change. Please note that:

  • Applications will be processed according to the rules and regulations in effect at the time they are received. Rules and regulations may change at any time, and changes may be applied to applications which have already been received.
  • Our website contains the latest news, selection criteria updates and application links. Check periodically for updated information and make sure you are aware of the requirements before you apply.

Self-Assessment: Are you eligible?

Am I eligible?

We will process Federal Skilled Worker applications received by the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia if the application is complete and meets the eligibility criteria in effect on the date it is received.

Check the following section of our website for the most up-to-date information on which applications we are currently accepting for processing, and to find out if you meet the current eligibility requirements.



Important information

Application category

Choose the Category below which corresponds to your situation.

You only need to meet the criteria for one of the three application categories in order to be eligible to apply.

Note that all applicants must also meet the minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Category 1

You have at least one year of continuous full-time (or the equivalent in continuous part-time) paid work experience in the last ten years in an eligible occupation.

Note: the list of occupations eligible for processing under the most current eligibility criteria can be found on our website. If you do not have the required work experience in one of the occupations on this list, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for Category 1.

We will consider a maximum number of Federal Skilled Worker applications for processing under Category 1 each year. Within this overall limit, a cap or maximum number of applications per eligible occupation may also be set each year. Please check the following page on our website before submitting your application to ensure that the overall and occupation-specific caps for Category 1 have not been reached.

Category 2

You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer. The job offer must:

  • be in writing on company letterhead and signed by the responsible officer/supervisor,
  • be for permanent full-time (non-seasonal) work, and
  • meet the arranged employment requirements described in this guide.

Category 3

You are an international student currently enrolled in a doctoral (PhD) program, delivered by a recognized post-secondary school located in Canada, and:

  • you have completed at least two years towards the completion of your PhD, and
  • are in good academic standing, and
  • are not a recipient of a Government of Canada award requiring you to return to your home country to apply your knowledge and skills,

OR

you have completed a PhD program from a recognized post-secondary school located in Canada no more than 12 months before your application is received by the CIO and:

  • you have not received a Government of Canada award that requires you to return to your home country to apply your knowledge and skills; or
  • if you were a recipient of such an award, you have satisfied the terms/conditions of the award.

I am not eligible

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria in any of the three application categories, do not submit an application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program at this time. If you do, your application will not be processed.

Check the other classes to see if you satisfy their eligibility criteria and find out which immigration program best suits your situation by using the Come to Canada Tool.


I am eligible. What is the next step?

Once you have determined that you meet the eligibility criteria in one of the three categories described above, you must also meet all the minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, meet the minimum funds requirement, and obtain sufficient points under the selection factors. You must also meet admissibility (criminality, security, medical) requirements.


What are the minimum requirements?

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements under the Federal Skilled Worker Program:

Minimum Work Experience Requirements

  • You must have at least one year of continuous full-time (or the equivalent in continuous part-time) paid work experience in the primary occupation you specify in your application;
  • You must have had this experience within the last 10 years; and
  • Your work experience must be in an occupation listed in Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations), Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) of the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).

    CIC will use only the 2011 version of the NOC to assess your application as a skilled worker.

National Occupational Classification (NOC)

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the official classification system of occupations in the Canadian labour market. It describes duties, skills, abilities, and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labour market.

Determining your NOC category

Follow these steps to determine if your work experience is in an occupation that meets the minimum requirement to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program:

  • STEP 1. Go to the NOC 2011 website at: www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/
  • STEP 2. Click on “ Search the NOC…”
  • STEP 3. Follow the instructions to find the NOC 2011 description or category that best matches your work experience in the primary occupation you specify in your application. Your work experience must have been at least one year of continuous full-time (or the equivalent in continuous part-time) paid work experience that you obtained within the last ten years. The initial description and list of main duties in the NOC job description must match what you did in your job.

Note. If you do not submit evidence that you meet the minimum work experience requirement with your application to the CIO, your application will not be processed and will be returned to you as incomplete.

Minimum Language Requirement

You must identify in your application which language – English or French – will be your first official language in Canada.

You must meet minimum language levels and include results of a language test from an agency designated by CIC in that language when you apply.

Note. If you do not submit the results of your official language proficiency test indicating that you meet the required proficiency level with your application to the CIO, your application will not be processed and will be returned to you as incomplete.

Minimum Education Requirement

You must have a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential OR a completed foreign educational credential AND an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by CIC if your educational credential was obtained outside Canada.

The ECA report will confirm the equivalency of your completed foreign educational credential(s) to completed Canadian educational credential(s). The ECA report will also indicate the authenticity of your foreign educational credential(s).

Note: if the primary occupation you have identified in your application is an occupation for which a professional body has been designated by CIC, you must submit an ECA report from that designated professional body with your application to the CIO. If you have identified an occupation for which a professional body has not been designated by CIC, you can submit an ECA report from any one of the other designated organizations.

For more information on the organizations designated by CIC to issue ECA reports, refer to the following page.

Note. If you do not have a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential, and you do not submit a completed foreign educational credential and an ECA report with your application to the CIO, your application will not be processed and will be returned to you as incomplete.


What are the selection factors?

If you meet all of the eligibility criteria and minimum requirements, your application to come to Canada as a skilled worker will be assessed against a point system consisting of six selection factors.

Important information. You will also need to show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members after you arrive in Canada. Make sure you review the “Do you have sufficient funds” section of this guide before you apply. Your application will be refused if you do not demonstrate to a CIC officer that you have enough money to settle in Canada.

The current pass mark is 67 points for all selection factors combined. The six selection factors are:

Selection factors Points
Factor 1: Education Maximum 25 points
Factor 2: Ability in English and/or French Maximum 28 points
Factor 3: Work experience Maximum 15 points
Factor 4: Age Maximum 12 points
Factor 5: Arranged employment in Canada Maximum 10 points
Factor 6: Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass Mark 67 points

If your score is the same or higher than the pass mark, then you may qualify to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. Review all of the information about the requirements for immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker in this guide, and decide if you want to apply.

Below is a detailed description of all six selection factors.


Factor 1: Education (maximum of 25 points)

You will be awarded up to 25 points for your highest completed Canadian educational credential or for your highest equivalency to a completed Canadian educational credential. You may also be eligible to receive points for certain combinations to two Canadian (or equivalent) educational credentials.

To receive points for your education, you must provide evidence that you have completed a Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational program OR submit an original ECA report for the completed foreign educational credential(s) for which you are claiming points from an organization designated by CIC. The ECA report must indicate an equivalency to a completed Canadian educational credential.

If you are submitting an ECA report, you must also provide proof of your completed foreign educational credential(s) with your application (e.g. copies of your diplomas/degrees, transcripts, etc). Refer to the Document Checklist (PDF, 240 KB) for more information.

Proof of Foreign Educational Credential Equivalency

Have the completed foreign educational credential(s) for which you are claiming points assessed by an organization designated by CIC and obtain an ECA report before starting the immigration process and submitting your application to the CIO.

Your ECA report must have been issued by the organization on or after the date on which they were designated by CIC and must meet CIC format and content requirements. In addition, your ECA report must not be more than five years old on the date that we receive your application at the CIO.

Important information. The ECA report must indicate that your completed foreign educational credential is equivalent to a completed Canadian educational credential.

  1. Make arrangements to obtain an ECA report for your completed foreign educational credential(s) from an organization designated by CIC and pay the assessment costs. A list of designated organizations can be found here.
  2. Submit the original ECA report with your application to the CIO along with proof of your completed foreign educational credential(s) (e.g. copies of your diplomas/degrees, transcripts, etc).

    Note. Do not request that your ECA report be sent directly to the CIO.  Submit your original ECA report with your complete application to the CIO.

  3. Consult the “Using your educational credentials and ECA Report” section to determine how many points you will likely be awarded for your education.
  4. Keep a copy of your ECA report for your records and future use.

Note: The ECA report from an organization designated by CIC will be used as conclusive evidence of the equivalency of your foreign educational credential(s) to Canadian educational credential(s).

If you have specified an occupation on your application that requires provincial/territorial licensing, and CIC has designated a professional body for that occupation, you must provide an original ECA report issued by the designated professional body indicating that your completed foreign educational credential is equivalent to the Canadian educational credential required to practice that occupation in one or more provinces or territories in Canada.

Note: You will be awarded points for your highest completed credential(s). If you have specified an occupation in your application that requires an ECA report from a designated professional body, but you have also completed a foreign educational credential at a higher level that is not related to your intended occupation, you will need to have the additional credential assessed by one of the “multi-purpose” organizations designated by CIC. Both original ECA reports must be included with your application in order to receive maximum education points.

Using your Educational Credentials and ECA Report

Estimate how many points you will receive for your education based on your highest completed Canadian educational credential(s) or the results of your ECA report indicating the equivalency of your completed foreign educational credential(s) to completed Canadian educational credential(s):

Education Points
Doctoral (PhD) level 25
University-level credential at the Master’s level OR an entry-to-practice professional degree. CIC only accepts as an entry-to-practice professional degree, those degrees issued in relation to an occupation listed at NOC Skill level A and for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, in one of the following fields of study:  Medicine, Veterinary Medicine; Dentistry; Podiatry; Optometry; Law; Chiropractic Medicine and Pharmacy. 23
Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials is for the completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer 22
Post-secondary program credential of three years or longer 21
Two-year post-secondary program credential 19
One-year post-secondary program credential 15
Secondary school (also called high school) 5

Estimated Score | /25

Important information. Before you apply, refer to the table in Appendix C to confirm that the outcome stated on your ECA report matches one of the assessment outcomes identified in the table.

The following fictional examples will help you determine what you must submit with your application to the CIO in order to receive maximum points for your education:

If Fatima studied outside of Canada and obtained a foreign educational credential at the Bachelor’s level, but her ECA report indicates that the foreign credential is only equivalent to two years of post-secondary study in Canada…
Then she would not meet the minimum education requirement and her application would be refused because her foreign educational credential was found not to be equivalent to a completed Canadian educational credential.
If Pierre completed a two-year post-secondary program and a Bachelor’s degree outside of Canada, and his ECA report indicates that the two-year program is equivalent to a completed two-year Canadian post-secondary educational credential, but the Bachelor’s degree is not equivalent to a completed Canadian educational credential…
Then he would submit proof of the completed foreign educational credential and the original ECA report indicating that the two-year post-secondary program is equivalent to a completed Canadian educational credential. He would be awarded education points only for the two-year post-secondary program. No points would be awarded for the Bachelor’s degree because it was found not to be equivalent to a completed Canadian educational credential.
If Anna completed a one-year post-secondary program in Canada
Then she would submit proof of her completed one-year Canadian post-secondary program credential.
If Olga completed a one-year diploma at a Canadian college and then went on to complete a three-year program at a university outside of Canada
Then she would submit proof of her completed one-year Canadian educational credential and three-year foreign educational credential and an original ECA report indicating that her foreign educational credential is equivalent to a Canadian educational credential for the completion of a post-secondary program.
If Deng studied outside of Canada and obtained a foreign educational credential at the Master’s level
Then he would submit proof of his completed foreign educational credential and an original ECA report indicating that it is equivalent to a completed Canadian educational credential at the Master’s level or lower.
If Luis studied outside of Canada to practice as an Engineer and CIC has designated a professional body for this occupation
Then he would submit proof of his completed foreign educational credential and an original ECA report issued by the designated professional body indicating that it is equivalent to the Canadian educational credential required to practice as an Engineer in one or more provinces or territories in Canada.
If Asha studied outside of Canada to practice as a Lawyer and CIC has designated a professional body for this occupation. She also studied outside of Canada to obtain a doctorate in philosphy.
Then she would provide proof of her completed foreign educational credentials and an original ECA report issued by the designated professional body indicating the equivalency of her first foreign educational credential to the Canadian educational credential required to practice as a Lawyer in one or more provinces or territories in Canada.
 
In order to obtain the maximum possible points for her education, she would also have to submit an ECA report issued by a multi-purpose organization designated by CIC indicating the equivalency of her second foreign educational credential to a completed Canadian educational credential at the doctoral level.

Factor 2: Ability in English and/or French (maximum of 28 points)

You will be awarded up to 28 points for your proficiency in English and/or French. You will receive points based on your ability to:

  • listen,
  • speak,
  • read, and
  • write.

You must demonstrate that you meet the minimum level of language proficiency set by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism by providing proof of your proficiency in all four language abilities in English or French – whichever language you identify in your application will be your first official language in Canada.

For the purpose of language proficiency, your test results will be matched to the Canadian Language Benchmarks/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (CLB/NCLC). CIC uses the CLB/NCLC to determine your language proficiency.

The current minimum level of language proficiency set by the Minister is available here.

Important information. If you wish to be awarded points for your proficiency in both official languages, you must include the results of your official English and French language proficiency tests with your application to the CIO.


Proof of language proficiency

When you submit your application to the CIO, you must include original results of one of the following language tests from a testing agency designated by CIC.

Your language test results must not be more than two years old at the time that we receive your application at the CIO.

English

  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (General test only)
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System (General Training test only)

French

  • TEF: Test d’évaluation de français

Note. If you do not submit the results of your official language proficiency test indicating that you meet the required proficiency level with your application to the CIO, your application will not be processed and will be returned to you as incomplete.

Note: You are permitted to submit a copy of your language test results with a new application only if your original test results were submitted with a previous Federal Skilled Worker Program application that we did not return to you. If you provide a copy of your language test results, you must include a photocopy of the refusal letter you received from us and an explanation that CIC currently has your original language test results.



Official language testing

Take a language proficiency test from a designated testing agency

You must take a language proficiency test from an agency designated by CIC before starting the immigration process and submitting your application to the CIO.

  1. Make arrangements to take a language proficiency test with a designated testing agency and pay the test costs. A list of designated testing agencies can be found on our website.
  2. Submit your original language test results with your application.

    Note. Do not request that your (CELPIP – General, IELTS – General Training, or TEF) language test result be sent directly to the CIO. Submit your original language proficiency test results with your complete application to the CIO.

  3. Consult the “using your test results” section to estimate how many points you will receive for your language proficiency.
  4. Keep a copy of your language proficiency test results for your records and future use. You may use these results in the future if you choose to submit another application as long as they are not more than two years old at the time your application is received. You may also use these test results as evidence of your language proficiency if your application is successful and you later decide to apply for citizenship.

Note: Test results from a designated testing agency will be used as conclusive evidence of your language proficiency.

Important information. If you wish to be awarded points for your proficiency in both official languages, you must include the results of your official English language proficiency test (CELPIP – General or IELTS – General Training) AND your official French language proficiency test (TEF) with your application to the CIO.

Important information. If you are claiming adaptability points for your spouse or common-law partner’s language proficiency, you must include the results of their official English language proficiency test (CELPIP – General or IELTS – General Training) OR their official French language proficiency test (TEF) with your application to the CIO.


Using your test results

Once you have taken a language test from a designated testing agency, you can estimate how many points you will receive for your language proficiency.

Your test results must match the CLB/NCLC levels set by the Minister in all four language abilities: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/language-testing.asp.


Factor 3: Work experience (maximum of 15 points)

You will receive points for the number of years of full-time paid work (or the equivalent in part-time paid work) you have obtained within the last ten years. Full-time means at least 30 hours of paid work in one week.

You must have at least one year of continuous full-time, paid work experience (or the equivalent in continuous part-time work) in the primary occupation you specify in your application.

In order to receive points for all of the jobs you have had over the past ten years, your work experience must be in one or more occupations listed in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of NOC 2011. Follow the Determining your NOC category instructions above to find the NOC 2011 category that matches your skilled work experience over the past ten years.

You must provide proof of your work experience with your application. Refer to the Document Checklist (PDF, 240 KB) for more information.

Estimate how many points you will receive for your work experience:

Work Experience Points
1 year 9
2 – 3 years 11
4 – 5 years 13
6 or more years 15

Estimated Score | /15


Factor 4: Age (maximum of 12 points)

You will receive points for your age on the date that we receive your complete application at the CIO.

Estimate how many points you will receive for your age:

Age Points
18 to 35 years of age 12
36 years of age 11
37 years of age 10
38 years of age 9
39 years of age 8
40 years of age 7
41 years of age 6
42 years of age 5
43 years of age 4
44 years of age 3
45 years of age 2
46 years of age 1
Under 18 years of age or 47 years of age or older 0

Estimated Score | /12


Factor 5: Arranged employment (maximum of 10 points)

You will receive points if you have a valid offer of permanent employment from a Canadian employer. A valid offer of employment has to be for permanent full-time (non-seasonal) work in Canada, and must be in an occupation listed in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of NOC 2011.

Estimate how many points you will receive for arranged employment:

Arranged employment Points
If you are currently working in Canada on a work permit and
  • Your work permit was issued by CIC based on a positive labour market opinion from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC),
  • Your work permit is valid when you apply for a permanent resident visa, and
  • Your current employer has made an offer to give you a permanent full-time job if your application is successful.

Note: You must also have a valid work permit, or you must be authorized to work in Canada without a work permit, at the time your permanent resident visa is issued.

10
If you are currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from the labour market opinion requirement under an international agreement (e.g. North America Free Trade Agreement) or a federal-provincial agreement and
  • Your work permit is valid when you apply for a permanent resident visa, and
  • Your current employer has made an offer to give you a permanent full-time job if your application is successful.

Note: You must also have a valid work permit, or you must be authorized to work in Canada without a work permit, at the time your permanent resident visa is issued.

10

If you do not currently have a work permit and you are not otherwise authorized to work in Canada before you have been issued a permanent resident visa OR you are currently working in Canada and a different employer has offered to give you a permanent full-time job OR you are currently working in Canada in a job that exempt from the requirement for a labour market opinion, but not under an international or federal-provincial agreement and

  • Your prospective employer has made an offer to give you a permanent full-time job if your application is successful, and
  • Your prospective employer has obtained a positive labour market opinion from ESDC
10

Note: You cannot arrange for a labour market opinion from ESDC. Your employer must do this for you.

A CIC officer must be satisfied that you are capable of performing the job offered to you. If the occupation is regulated in Canada, the officer must also be satisfied that you can be expected to qualify for licensing/certification when in Canada.

Estimated Score | /10


Factor 6: Adaptability (maximum of 10 points)

You will receive points if you can show that you or your spouse/common-law partner have experience and abilities that will help you adapt to living in Canada.

Note: Even if you qualify for points under several criteria, you can only receive a maximum of 10 points for adaptability. You cannot claim points for a spouse who is a permanent resident living in Canada or a Canadian citizen.

You must provide proof that you or, if applicable, your spouse/common-law partner meet adaptability criteria in order to obtain points. Refer to the Document Checklist (PDF, 240 KB) for more information.

Estimate how many points you will receive for adaptability:

Adaptability criteria Points

A. Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency

Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency in either English or French is at the CLB 4 level or higher in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Note: To receive points for your spouse or common-law partner’s language proficiency, you must submit original language test results from a designated testing agency with your application to the CIO. Your spouse or common-law partner’s language test results must not be more than two years old on the date that we receive your application. Refer to the language testing section above.

5

B. Your previous study in Canada

You completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada. Full-time study means at least 15 hours of instruction per week, and you must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in Canada.

5

C. Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s previous study in Canada

Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada. Full-time study means at least 15 hours of instruction per week, and your accompanying spouse or common-law partner must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in Canada.

5

D. Your previous work in Canada

You completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in Canada in an occupation that is listed in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of NOC 2011.

10

E. Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s previous work in Canada

Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in Canada.

5

F. Arranged employment (Principal applicant only)

You earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.

5

G. Relatives in Canada

You or, if applicable, your accompanying spouse or common-law partner has a relative, i.e. parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother/sister, aunt/uncle or niece/nephew, who is 18 years of age or older as of the date we receive your application, and who is a Canadian citizen of permanent resident residing in Canada.

5

Estimated Score | /10


Your estimated score for all factors combined

Use this table to calculate your total estimated score. The pass mark is currently set at 67 points for all factors combined.

Factor Maximum points
1. Education 25
2. Language proficiency 28
3. Work experience 15
4. Age 12
5. Arranged employment 10
6. Adaptability 10
Total 100

If your total estimated score is…
  • equal to or greater than the pass mark and you meet the minimum requirements
    • Then you may qualify for permanent residence in Canada as a skilled worker. Read the rest of this guide to decide if you wish to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  • less than the pass mark or you do not meet the minimum requirements
    • Then you are not likely to qualify for permanent residence in Canada as a skilled worker. We recommend that you do not apply at this time.

Do you have sufficient funds?

The Government of Canada does not provide financial support to new skilled worker immigrants.

You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members after you arrive in Canada. Your family members include all of your dependents, whether they are coming with you to Canada or not. The money must be available to support the costs of living for yourself and your family. The amount is an estimate of what you would require to support yourself and your family without employment or other income. You cannot borrow this money from another person.

The amount of money you need to support your family is determined by the size of your family. These amounts are updated every year. Check our website to make sure you have the most recent information.

We strongly recommend that you research the cost of living in the region of Canada where you intend to live. To make your establishment in Canada easier, bring as much money as possible with you to Canada.

Note: Persons with arranged employment in Canada who are already authorized to work in Canada on a work permit do not have to meet the minimum funds requirement.

Family members

Your family members include your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children and any children that are their dependent children.

Spouse
Refers to either of the two persons (opposite or same sex) in a marriage legally recognized in the country in which it took place, as well as in Canada.
Common-law partner
Refers to a person who is living in a conjugal relationship with another person (opposite or same sex), and has done so continuously for a period of at least one year. A conjugal relationship exists when there is a significant degree of commitment between two people.

This can be shown with evidence that the couple share the same home, that they support each other financially and emotionally, that they have children together, or that they present themselves in public as a couple.

Common-law partners who are unable to live together or appear in public together because of legal restrictions in their home country or who have been separated for reasons beyond their control (for example, civil war or armed conflict) may still qualify and should be included on the application.

Dependent children
Refers to the children of the applicant or those of the spouse or common-law partner.

They must:

  • be under the age of 22 and not have a spouse or common-law partner, or
  • depend substantially on the financial support of a parent and have been continuously enrolled and in attendance as full-time students in a post-secondary institution accredited by the relevant government authority since before the age of 22 (or since marrying or entering into a common-law relationship, if this happened before the age of 22), or
  • depend substantially on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 22 and be unable to provide for themselves due to a medical condition.
Dependent child of a dependent child
Refers to children of dependent children of the applicant or those of the spouse or common-law partner.

Step 1: Gather documents

What documents are required?

You must gather and submit to the CIO all the documents listed on the Document Checklist (IMM 5612). Documents from the checklist are only to be submitted once to the CIO. Do not submit documents that are not found on the checklist and do not send duplicates of your application or documentation.

Documentation submitted with your application will not be returned. You should obtain multiple originals of any documentation submitted with your application (such as reference letters, police certificates) so you are prepared if you need to submit a new application.

You must keep a copy of the completed forms and all documents before sending them to the CIO.

Note. If you do not submit a complete application with all the required supporting documents, your application will be returned to you as incomplete. If we decide that your application is not eligible to be processed, this decision is final and will result in the closure of your file.

The checklist of required documents (IMM 5612) is subject to change. Applicants are advised to refer to this checklist on the CIC website periodically while preparing their submission to ensure that they have included all documents listed on the most up-to-date checklist.



Important information

Police certificates

All applicants must submit police certificates/clearances as part of the application process.

You and all of your family members who are 18 years of age and older and who are not already permanent residents or Canadian citizens will have to provide:

  • a valid police certificate, or
  • police clearance, or
  • record of no information.

These documents are to be provided for each country other than Canada, in which you have lived for six consecutive months or longer since reaching the age of 18.

Note: If you or your family members were under 18 years of age (16 years of age in certain jurisdictions) for the entire time you lived in a particular country, you do not need to provide a police certificate for that country.

Before submitting your application to the CIO, you should:

  • research the estimated length of time required to obtain police certificates from all of the applicable jurisdictions, and
  • begin to gather your police certificates.

Note. We strongly recommend that you submit your police certificates with your application to the CIO. If you are unable to obtain all the necessary police certificates, you may still send your application to the CIO without them. However, please note that if your application is placed into processing you must be ready to submit them to the visa office when requested.

Note: If you are including your police certificates with your application to the CIO, please ensure that your certificates were not issued more than three months earlier. Police certificates are generally valid for 12 months from the date they are issued. However, if a final decision is not made on your application before the expiry of your police certificate, the visa office may request that you provide a new one.

If a certificate is not in English or French, submit both the certificate and the original copy of a translation prepared by an accredited translator.

Unless otherwise specified on our website, it is your responsibility to contact the police or relevant authorities unless otherwise specified on our website. When doing so, you may have to:

  • pay a fee for the service, and
  • provide information or documentation such as:
    • photographs,
    • fingerprints,
    • your addresses and periods of residence in the country or territory.

CIC will also do background checks to determine if there are grounds upon which you and your family members may be inadmissible to Canada.


Translation of documents

Any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation; and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

Note: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document. Translators who are certified members in good standing of one of the provincial or territorial organizations of translators and interpreters of Canada do not need to supply an affidavit.

Important information. Translations by family members are not acceptable.


Certified true copies

To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:

  • “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”,
  • the name of the original document,
  • the date of the certification,
  • his or her name,
  • his or her official position or title, and
  • his or her signature.

Who can certify copies?

Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:

In Canada:

  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a notary public
  • a justice of the peace

Outside Canada:

  • a judge
  • a magistrate
  • a notary public
  • an officer of a court of justice
  • a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the person is living

Family members may not certify copies of your documents.


Step 2: Complete the application


Note

Filling out the application

Make one photocopy of the original forms.

Original forms:
Sign the original forms and send them to the CIO.

Photocopy:
Keep this set for your personal records.

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the application forms.

The following are the forms that must be filled out and submitted for all applicants:

Important information. It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on these forms. The information you provide on your application may be subject to verification.



Important information

Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”. If your application is incomplete it may be returned to you and this will delay the processing of your application.

If you need more space for any section, print out an additional page containing the appropriate section, complete it and submit it along with your application.

Specific instructions to fill the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

Follow the general instructions below as well as these specific instructions to fill the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008):

  • Question 1: select “Economic” as the Program under which you are applying; and
  • Question 2: select “Skilled worker” as the Category.

Note: You cannot apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program if you intend to reside in Quebec.



Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • You, the principal applicant.


Note

Completing the form

You must answer all questions on this application form unless indicated otherwise.

Download and fill out the application form on a computer.

You also have the option of saving your form and completing it later.

Note: Completing the form electronically is easier and reduces the risk of errors that can slow down the application process.

In order to help you fill out the application form, read and follow the steps below.


Application Details

Question 1

From the list, select the Program under which you are applying:

  • Family
  • Economic
  • Refugee
  • Other
Question 2

From the list, select the Category under which you are applying:

  • If you chose “Family” in question 1, select one of the following:
    • Spouse
    • Common-law partner
    • Conjugal partner
    • Dependent child/adopted child
    • Child to be adopted in Canada
    • Parents/grandparents
    • Orphaned sibling/nephew/niece/grandchild
    • Other relative
  • If you chose “ Economic” in question 1, select one of the following:
    • Skilled worker
    • Skilled trades
    • Investor
    • Entrepreneur
    • Self-employed
    • Provincial nominee
    • Canadian experience class
    • Quebec selected skilled worker
    • Quebec selected entrepreneur
    • Quebec selected self employed
    • Quebec selected investor
    • Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
    • Startup Business
  • If you chose “Refugee” in question 1, select one of the following:
    • In Canada – Refugee Claim
    • In Canada – Protected Person
    • Outside Canada – Refugee
  • If you chose “Other” in question 1, select one of the following:
    • In Canada – Humanitarian & Compassionate Considerations
    • Permit Holder Class
Question 3

Indicate the total number of family members included in your application. This includes yourself and any family members, regardless of whether they intend to accompany you to Canada or not.

For refugee claimants in Canada only: Indicate the total number of family members included in your application for refugee protection who are with you in Canada.

Question 4

Immigration Office requested for the processing of your application

Indicate the name of the Immigration Office which serves:

  • your country of nationality, or
  • the country in which you are residing, provided that you have been lawfully admitted to that country for at least one (1) year.

Note: Do not select the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) as the immigration office requested to process your application. Although you may be required to submit your application to the CIO, you must indicate the name of an appropriate visa office using the criteria above.

Note:If you are applying for refugee protection from within Canada or being sponsored from within Canada, this question does not apply to you. Go to Question 5.

Question 5

Language preference

From the list, select your preferred language for:

  1. correspondence
  2. interview (if you select English or French, an interpreter will not be required), and
     
    Note: If your native language does not appear in this list, select “other”.
  3. interpreter requested (necessary if English or French is not selected for the interview).
Question 6

Where do you intend to live in Canada?

From the list select the:

  1. Province/Territory
  2. City/Town
Question 7

Have you received your Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ)?

  1. Check the corresponding box
  2. If you checked “Yes”, please indicate the CSQ number
  3. If you checked “No”, indicate the date when you applied for your CSQ

Note: If you are applying for refugee protection, check “no” for Question 7a and leave 7c blank.


Principal Applicant's Personal Details

The following questions must be answered by the Principal Applicant.

Question 1

Indicate your full family name (surname or last name) as it appears on your passport, travel or identity document.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate your family name(s).

Indicate all of your given name(s) (first, second or more) as they appear on your passport, travel or identity document. Do not use initials.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate “Child” or leave the given name field blank.

Question 2

Nickname/Alias

Check the box to indicate if you have ever used any other name than those indicated in question one. This could be your birth name, maiden name, married name, nickname, etc. If “Yes”, provide your nickname/alias by indicating it in the family name and given name(s) fields.

Question 3

Indicate your Unique Client Identifier number (UCI) or Client Identification number (Client ID), if known (8-digit number). Otherwise, leave it blank. If this is your first application with CIC you will not have a UCI or a Client ID.

Question 4

From the list, select your sex (male, female or unknown).

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select “Unknown”.

Question 5

Indicate your height in either centimetres or feet and inches.

Question 6

From the list, select your eye color.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select “Other”.

Question 7

Indicate your complete date of birth.

Note: If you do not know your complete date of birth, please use a “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the unknown year, month or day.

Question 8

Indicate your place of birth, including the city or town,

From the list, select your country of birth.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate “Unknown”. for the city or town and select the country where you intend to adopt a child.

Question 9

Citizenship(s)

  1. From the list, select your country of citizenship.
  2. If you are a citizen of more than one country, select your other country of citizenship.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select the country where you intend to adopt a child.

Question 10

Current country of residence

From the list, select the appropriate information to indicate:

  • The name of your current country of residence. Your country of residence is the country in which you are residing, provided that you have been lawfully admitted to that country.

For refugee claimants in Canada only: select Canada whether you have been lawfully admitted or not.

  • Your immigration status in that country (indicate one of the following):
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Foreign National
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected "Other" as a status.
  • The dates (From – To) you have been living in your current country of residence.

For out-of-status applicants:

  • Under “Status” select “Other”;
  • Under “Other” type in “Out of status, requires restoration”;
  • Leave the “From” and “To” boxes blank.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select the country where you intend to adopt a child and “Citizen” as the immigration status in that country.

Question 11

Enter the date of your last entry to Canada, if applicable.

Indicate the place you last entered Canada (example: Toronto airport, Lacolle border crossing, seaport Yarmouth, etc.).

Question 12

Previous countries of residence

Check the box to indicate whether you have lived in any country other than your country of citizenship or your current country of residence for more than six (6) months in the past five (5) years.

If you checked "Yes", from the list select the appropriate information to indicate the following:

  • The name of the country you lived in
  • Your immigration status for the time you were in that country: Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Foreign National
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected "Other" as a status
  • The dates (From – To) you were living in that country.
Question 13
  1. From the list, choose your current marital status:

    Annulled Marriage:

    This is a marriage that is legally declared as not valid. An annulment can also be a declaration by the Catholic Church that the marriage union did not have a binding force.

    Common-
    Law:

    This means that you have lived continuously with your partner in a marital-type relationship for a minimum of one (1) year.

    Divorced:

    This means that you are officially separated and have legally ended your marriage.

    Legally Separated:

    This means that you are married, but no longer living with your spouse.

    Married:

    This means that you and your spouse have had a ceremony that legally binds you to each other. Your marriage must be legally recognized in the country where it was performed and in Canada.

    Single:

    This means that you have never been married and are not in a common-law relationship.

    Widowed:

    This means that your spouse has died and that you have not re-married or entered into a common-law relationship.

  2. Enter the date (year, month and day) you were married or you entered into your current common-law relationship.

  3. Indicate the family name(s) and given name(s) of your current spouse or common-law partner.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select “Single”.

Question 14

Check the box to indicate whether you have previously been married or in a common-law relationship. If you checked "Yes", provide the following details for your previous spouse/common-law partner:

  • Family name(s)
  • Given name(s)
  • Type of relationship:
    • Common-law or
    • Married
  • Dates (From – To) for which you were in the relationship with your previous spouse/common-law partner.

Contact Information

Question 1

Indicate your current mailing address (where information should be mailed) by typing the following information:

  • Post Office Box (P.O. Box) number, if applicable. If you do not indicate post office box, the Street number must be provided
  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if applicable
  • Street number (No.), if applicable. It is the number on your house or apartment building. This must be provided if you did not type in a P.O. Box
  • Street name, if applicable
  • City or Town
  • From the list, select the Country of your current mailing address
  • Province or State
  • Postal code/zip code
  • District, if applicable

Note: All correspondence will go to this address unless you indicate your e-mail address.

If you wish to have a representative who can conduct business on your behalf, you must provide their address in this section and on the Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) form.

For more information read the Use of a Representative section in this guide.

Question 2

Check the box to indicate whether your residential address (where you live) is the same as your mailing address. If "No", indicate the following information:

  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if applicable
  • Street Number (No.). It is the number on your house or apartment building.
  • Street Name
  • City or Town
  • Country
  • Province or State
  • Postal Code/zip code
  • District, if applicable
Question 3

Check the appropriate box to indicate if the telephone number is from Canada/the United States (US) or Other (any other country).

From the list, select the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)

Indicate your telephone number including the country code, area/regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, indicate it after your phone number under "Ext."

Question 4

Check the appropriate box to indicate if your alternate telephone number is from Canada/the United States or Other (any other country).

From the list, select the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)

Indicate your telephone number including the country code, area/regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, indicate it after your phone number under "Ext."

Question 5

Check the appropriate box to indicate if the facsimile (fax) number is from Canada or the United States or Other (any other country).

If applicable, indicate your facsimile (fax) number, including country code, area/regional codes, etc.

Question 6

If applicable, indicate your e-mail address using a format similar to the following: name@provider.net

Note: By indicating your e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing CIC to transmit your file and personal information to this specific e-mail.


Passport

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you have a valid passport or travel document.

Question 2

If you checked "Yes", provide your passport or travel document number. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the country that issued your passport or travel document.

Question 4

Enter the date your passport or travel document was issued.

Question 5

Enter the expiry date of your passport or travel document.


National Identity Document

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you have a valid identity document.

Question 2

If you checked "Yes", provide your identity document number. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country that issued your identity document.

Question 4

Enter the issue date of your identity document.

Question 5

Enter the expiry date of your identity document.


Education/Occupation Detail

Question 1

From the list, select your highest level of education.

Type of education

None
No education.
Secondary or less
High school diploma obtained after elementary school and before college, university, or other formal training.
Trade/ Apprenticeship certificate/Diploma
Diploma completed in a specific trade, such as carpentry or auto mechanics.
Non-university certificate/Diploma
Training in a profession that requires formal education but not at the university level (for example, dental technician or engineering technician).
Post-secondary - No degree
Post-secondary studies at a college or university but no degree earned.
Bachelor’s degree
Academic degree awarded by a college or university to those who completed an undergraduate curriculum; also called a baccalaureate. Examples include a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Education.
Post Graduate – No degree
Post Graduate studies at a college or university but no degree earned (Master or PhD).
Master’s degree
Academic degree awarded by a graduate school of a college or university. You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before a Master’s degree can be earned.
Doctorate - PhD
Highest university degree, usually based on at least three (3) years of graduate studies and a thesis. Normally, you must have completed a Master’s degree before a PhD can be earned.
Question 2

Indicate the total number of years of formal education that you have completed, including elementary and secondary school.

Question 3

Indicate your current occupation.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate “Unknown”.

Question 4

Indicate your intended occupation in Canada.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate “Unknown”.


Language Detail

Question 1
  1. From the list, select your first (native) language. This is the language that you learned at home during your childhood and which you still understand.

    Note: If your native language does not appear in this list, select “Other”.

  2. If your native language is not English or French, select from the list which one you would most likely use:

    • English
    • French
    • Neither

Note: This question is not used for selection purposes. One of Canada’s objectives with respect to immigration is to support and assist the development of minority language communities in Canada.

 

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select the native language of the country where you intend to adopt a child.

Question 2

From the list, select whether you are able to communicate in English and/or French:

  • English
  • French
  • Both
  • Neither

Dependant(s)

You, the principal applicant must answer each question on behalf of each of your dependant(s).

Note: Remember that all questions in this section are about your dependant.

You can add up to five (5) dependants in this form.

To add a new dependant to the application, click the “Add Dependant” button, located at the bottom of the page.

To remove a dependant from the application, click the “Remove Dependant” button.

If you have more than five (5) family members, you must complete the Additional Dependants/Declaration (IMM 0008DEP) (PDF, 472 KB) form for each additional family member in order to include everyone in your application.


Note

Important

You must list all family members in your application for permanent residence, whether they are accompanying you to Canada or not. You must also provide details on family members whose location is unknown (including those missing or presumed dead). If you don’t, you will not be able to sponsor family members at a later date if they are not listed on your application.


Dependant's Personal Details

Questions 1-9

Questions 1 to 9 are identical to the questions you answered for yourself. Refer to the previous instructions to help you answer the questions for your dependant(s).

Question 10
  1. From the list, select your dependant’s relationship to you, the principal applicant:
    • Adopted Child
    • Child
    • Common-law partner
    • Grandchild
    • Other
    • Spouse
    • Step-Child
    • Step-Grandchild
  2. Complete if you chose “Other”
Question 11
  1. Check the box to indicate whether or not, your dependant will accompany you to Canada.
  2. If you answered “No”, provide the reason why your dependant is non-accompanying.
Question 12

From the list, select the type of dependant:

Type A
The dependant is under the age of 22 and is single (not married and not in a common-law relationship).
Type B
The dependant has been continuously enrolled in and in attendance as a full‑time student at a post-secondary institution accredited by the relevant government authority and has depended substantially on the financial support of a parent either:
  • since before the age of 22, or
  • since marrying or entering into a common-law relationship (if it happened before the age of 22).
Type C
The dependant is 22 years of age or older, has depended substantially on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 22, and is unable to provide for himself or herself because of a medical condition.
Question 13

Current country of residence

From the list, select the appropriate information to indicate:

  • The name of your dependant’s current country of residence. The country of residence is the country in which they are residing, provided they have been lawfully admitted to that country.

For refugee claimants in Canada only: select Canada whether your dependant has been lawfully admitted or not.

  • Your dependant’s immigration status in that country (indicate one of the following):
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Foreign National
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected "Other" as a status.
  • The dates (From – To) your dependant has been living in their current country of residence.

For out-of-status applicants:

  • Under “Status” select “Other”;
  • Under “Other” type in “Out of status, requires restoration”;
  • Leave the “From” and “To” boxes blank.
Question 14

Enter the date of your dependant’s last entry to Canada.

Indicate the place they last entered Canada (example: Toronto airport, Lacolle border crossing, seaport Yarmouth, etc.).

Question 15

Previous countries of residence

Check the box to indicate whether your dependant has lived in any country other than their country of citizenship or their current country of residence for more than six (6) months in the past five (5) years.

If you checked “Yes”, select the appropriate information from the list to indicate the following:

  • The name of the country your dependant lived in
  • Your dependant’s immigration status for the time they were in that country:
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Foreign National
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected “Other” as a status
  • The dates (From – To) your dependant was living in that country.
Question 16
  1. From the list, choose your dependant’s current marital status:

    • Annulled Marriage
    • Common-Law
    • Divorced
    • Legally Separated
    • Married
    • Single
    • Widowed
  2. Enter the date (year, month and day) your dependant was married or entered into their current common-law relationship.
  3. Indicate the family name(s) and given name(s) of your dependant’s current spouse or common-law partner.
Question 17

Check the box to indicate whether your dependant has previously been married or in a common-law relationship. If you checked "Yes", provide the following details for your dependant’s previous spouse/common-law partner:

  • Family name(s)
  • Given name(s)
  • Type of relationship:
    • Common-law or
    • Married
  • Dates (From – To) for which your dependant was in the relationship with their previous spouse/common-law partner.

Passport

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if your dependant has a valid passport or travel document.

Question 2

If you checked “Yes”, provide their passport or travel document number. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country that issued their passport or travel document.

Question 4

Enter the issue date of their passport or travel document.

Question 5

Enter the expiry date of their passport or travel document.


National Identity Document

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if your dependant has a valid identity document.

Question 2

If you checked “Yes”, provide their identity document number. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country that issued their identity document.

Question 4

Enter the issue date of their identity document.

Question 5

Enter the expiry date of their identity document.


Education/Occupation Detail

Question 1

From the list, select your dependant’s highest level of education.

For definitions, refer to the type of education table.

Question 2

Indicate the total number of years of formal education that they completed, including elementary and secondary school.

Question 3

Indicate their current occupation.

Question 4

Indicate their intended occupation in Canada.


Language Detail

Question 1
  1. From the list, select your dependant’s first (native) language. This is the language that they learned at home during their childhood and which they still understand.

    Note: If the native language does not appear in this list, select “Other”.

  2. If your dependant’s native language is not English or French, select from the list which one they would most likely use:
    • English
    • French
    • Neither

Note: This question is not used for selection purposes. One of Canada’s objectives with respect to immigration is to support and assist the development of minority language communities in Canada.

Question 2

From the list, select whether they are able to communicate in English and/or French:

  • English
  • French
  • Both
  • Neither

Consent and Declaration of Applicant

Refer to the following table in order to complete your form properly.

  1. Once the application is completed, click on the "Validate" button located at the top or bottom of the form. This will generate a barcode* page or pages.

    *See image below:

    Barcode

    Note: This barcode page will not appear if you fill out your application by hand.

  2. Print all pages of your application form.

  3. Read all of the statements in all sections carefully and:


    Note
    1. Write your name in the space provided.
    2. Check the appropriate box to indicate if you agree that the information contained in this application related to your intended occupation, education and work experience may be shared with prospective employers in order to assist them in hiring workers.
    3. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

    By signing, you certify that you fully understand the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, truthful, and correct. If you do not sign and date, the application will be returned to you.

  4. Place the barcode page(s) on the top of your application (forms and supporting documents) when you submit it.


Additional Dependants/Declaration Form (IMM 0008DEP)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • You, the principal applicant, on behalf of each of your dependants not included in the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008).

The questions are the same that you answered for yourself and other dependants on the IMM 0008.

Follow the previous instructions to help you answer the questions.


Consent and Declaration of Applicant

Read all of the statements in all sections carefully and then:

  1. Write your dependant’s name in the space provided.
  2. Check the appropriate box to indicate if you agree that the information contained in this application related to your dependant’s intended occupation, education and work experience may be shared with prospective employers in order to assist them in hiring workers.
  3. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

By signing, you certify that your dependant fully understands the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, truthful, and correct. If you do not sign and date, the application will be returned to you.

Note: If you are less than 18 years of age, your form must be signed by one of your parents or a legal guardian.


Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • you, the principal applicant;
  • your spouse or common-law partner (whether accompanying you to Canada or not), and
  • your dependent children aged 18 years or older  (whether accompanying you to Canada or not).

For refugee claimants in Canada: Only family members included in your application for refugee protection who are with you in Canada must complete this form.

Question 1

Indicate your full family name (surname or last name) as it appears on your passport, travel or identity document.

Indicate all of your given name(s) (first, second or more) as they appear on your passport, travel or identity document. Do not use initials.

Question 2

Indicate your name in your native language or script (if applicable).

For example: Arabic, Cyrillic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Japanese characters or Chinese commercial/telegraphic code.

Question 3

Indicate your date of birth.

Note: If you do not know your complete date of birth, please use a “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the unknown year, month or day.

Question 4

Provide your father’s personal details including his:

  • family name (surname or last name),
  • given name(s),
  • date of birth,
  • town or city of birth,
  • country of birth,
  • date of death (if applicable).
Question 5

Provide your mother’s personal details including her:

  • family name (surname or last name),
  • given name(s),
  • date of birth,
  • town or city of birth,
  • country of birth,
  • date of death (if applicable).
Question 6

Answer each question of the section by checking the appropriate box.

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you must write an explanation of what happened in the space provided. If you need more space, attach a separate sheet of paper.

Question 7

Education

Indicate the number of years of formal education you have which you have completed at each of the levels indicated.

Provide the details about each secondary and post secondary educational institution you attended, including the:

  • period of time that you attended the institution,
  • name of the institution,
  • city and country,
  • type of certificate or diploma issued, and
  • field of study.

If no diploma was issued, write “N/A”. If you need more space, attach a separate sheet of paper.

Question 8

Provide the details of your personal history since the age of 18, or the past 10 years, whichever is most recent.

Start with the most recent information. Under “Activity”, write your occupation or job title if you were working. If you were not working, provide information on what you were doing (for example: unemployed, studying, travelling, retired, in detention, etc.). If you were outside your country of nationality, indicate your status in that country.

Note: Please ensure that you do not leave any gaps in time.

Important information. Failure to account for all time periods will result in a delay in the processing of your application.

Question 9

Indicate the names of all membership or association with organizations you are or were a member of, including:

  • political organizations,
  • social organizations,
  • youth or student organizations,
  • trade unions, and
  • professional associations.

If you were not a member of an association or organization, do not write “not applicable”. Rather, write: “I have never been a member of an organization or association”.

Note: Do not use abbreviations. Write the city and country where you were a member.

Question 10

Indicate any government positions you have held in the past such as:

  • Civil servant;
  • Judge;
  • Police officer;
  • Employee in a security organization;
  • Etc.

Write “NONE” in the box if you have not been a member of an association or organization.

Include:

  • the name of the country and the level of jurisdiction (examples: national, regional or municipal),
  • the name of the department or the branch you worked for, and
  • activities and/or positions that you held.

Note: Do not use abbreviations.

Question 11

Give complete details about your military or paramilitary service (if applicable). Provide the details of your military or paramilitary service for each of the countries whose armed forces you served in. If you were not in any military or paramilitary service, write “NONE”. Do not leave gaps in time.

Question 12

Indicate the residential addresses where you have lived since your 18th birthday or the past 10 years, whichever is most recent, complete with the postal code. Do not use P.O. box addresses.


Note

Authority to disclose personal information
Declaration of applicant

Read all of the statements in all sections carefully. Sign and date in the boxes provided. By signing, you certify that you fully understand the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, truthful, and correct. If you do not sign and date, the application will be returned to you.

Note: The bottom section of Schedule A should not be completed at this time.


Schedule 3: Economic Classes – Federal Skilled Worker Class (IMM 0008-Schedule 3)

Who needs to fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • You, as the principal applicant.

Question 1

Write your full last name (surname/family name) as it appears on your passport or on the official documents that you will use to obtain your passport.

Write all of your given names (first, second or more) as they appear on your passport or official documents. Do not use initials.

Question 2

Write your date of birth.

Question 3

a) Check the box to indicate if you have an offer of permanent employment in Canada that is approved by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). If Yes, include the employer’s name and address and the occupation in which you have been offered permanent employment in Canada.

b) Check the box to indicate if your employer obtained a confirmation letter from ESDC. If Yes, provide a copy of the confirmation letter.

Question 4

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you are currently working in Canada under a work permit. If Yes, provide a copy of your work permit.

Question 5

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you have received a Government of Canada scholarship or award that requires you to return to your home country following the completion of your degree.

If Yes, check the appropriate box to indicate whether you have met the terms/conditions of that scholarship or award.

Question 6

Canadian Educational Credential or Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you have a Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential.

If Yes, provide a copy of your completed Canadian educational credential(s).

If No, indicate if you have obtained an ECA report for your completed foreign educational credential(s) from an organization designated by CIC.

For your application to be considered complete you must include evidence of a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential OR a completed foreign educational credential AND an original ECA report from an organization designated by CIC indicating the authenticity and equivalency of your completed foreign educational credential(s) to completed Canadian educational credential(s).

Your ECA report must have been issued by the organization on or after the date on which they were designated by CIC and must meet CIC content and format requirements. In addition, your ECA must not be more than five years old on the date that we receive your application at the CIO.

Question 7

Language

a) Check the appropriate box to indicate which of Canada’s official languages, English or French, will be your first official language in Canada.

b) Check the appropriate box to indicate if you have taken a test. If you have not taken a language test from a designated agency to assess your proficiency in English or French, you should not submit an application.

For this reason, your answer to this question should be “yes”. If you answer “no”, and you do not submit original language test results from a designated testing agency indicating that you meet the required language proficiency level that are no more two years old at the time we receive your application at the CIO, your application will be returned to you as incomplete.

For more information. See “Ability in English and/or French” to help you determine your ability in English and French.

c) Check the appropriate boxes to indicate whether, if applicable, your accompanying spouse or common-law partner is proficient in either of Canada’s official languages. If Yes, provide original test results from a designated agency.

Question 8

Study in Canada

Check the appropriate boxes to indicate whether you or, if applicable, your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, have previously completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada.

Question 9

Work in Canada

a) Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you have worked full-time in Canada in the past for at least one year in an occupation that is listed in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of NOC 2011.

b) Check the appropriate box to indicate whether, if applicable, your accompanying spouse of common-law partner has worked full-time in Canada in the past for at least one year.

Question 10

Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you or, if applicable, your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, have a relative living in Canada who is 18 years of age or older and who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. If Yes, check the appropriate box to indicate the relationship to you or your spouse or common-law partner.

Question 11

a) Assets
Indicate the total amount (in Canadian dollars) of fixed deposits, savings accounts, pensions, etc.

b) Liabilities
Indicate the total amount (in Canadian dollars) of real property mortgages and any other personal debts.

c) Total funds available for settlement in Canada
With consideration to your total assets and liabilities, indicate the total amount (in Canadian dollars) of unencumbered, transferable and available funds that you have for settlement in Canada.

Note: You must provide proof of settlement funds with your application. Refer to the Document Checklist (PDF, 240 KB) for more information.

Question 12

Your work experience

a) Identify the primary occupation and corresponding four-digit NOC 2011 code that will be used to assess whether your application meets the minimum program requirements. Choose one occupation from the list you provide in your answer to 12b).

b) Starting with your current occupation, list all of the occupations that you have had in the 10 years preceding the date of your application. For each occupation:

  • identify the dates of employment,
  • write a description of your occupation,
  • include the appropriate NOC 2011 code,
  • check the box that corresponds to the number of years of continuous full-time or equivalent in continuous part-time experience, and
  • write a description of your main duties.

Note: List only occupations that fall in Skill Type 0, Skill Levels A or B of NOC 2011.


Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)

Who needs to fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • You, as the principal applicant,
  • Your spouse or common-law partner (whether accompanying you to Canada or not), and
  • Your dependent children aged 18 or over (whether accompanying you to Canada or not).

SECTION A

Write the personal details for:

  • yourself,
  • your spouse or common-law partner, (if applicable)
  • your mother, and
  • your father.

SECTION B

Write the personal details for your children. It is very important that you list all of your children (even if they are already permanent residents or citizens of Canada). This includes:

  • married children,
  • adopted children,
  • children of your spouse(step-children) or common-law partner,
  • any of your children who have been adopted by others,
  • any of your children who are in the custody of an ex-spouse, former common-law partner or other guardian.

You must answer all questions. If any sections do not apply to you, answer “N/A”.

SECTION C

Write personal details about your:

  • brother(s),
  • sister(s),
  • half-brother(s) and half-sister(s),
  • step-brother(s) and step-sister(s).

SECTION D

After carefully reading the statements contained in this section, sign and date the declaration.


Supplementary Information: Your Travels (IMM 5562)

Who needs to fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • you, the principal applicant;

You must complete all sections including those for your spouse or common law partner (whether accompanying or not) and each dependent child over the age of 18 (whether accompanying or not).

If there is not enough space to provide all the necessary information, use an extra sheet of paper. Print your name and the form’s title on the additional sheet.


Question 1

Write your full family name (surname/last name) as it appears on your passport or on the official documents that you will use to obtain your passport.

Write all of your given names (first, second or more) as they appear on your passport or official documents. Do not use initials.

Question 2a

List all trips you have taken outside your country of origin or of residence in the last ten years (or since your 18th birthday if this was less than ten years ago). Include all trips: tourism, business, training, etc.

If you did not travel outside your country during this period, check “did not travel”.

Question 2b

List all trips your spouse or common-law partner has taken outside their country of origin or of residence in the last ten years (or since their 18th birthday if this was less than ten years ago). Include all trips: tourism, business, training, etc.

If they did not travel outside their country during this period, check “did not travel”.

Question
2c,d,e

Write the full name (given name and surname/family name) of your dependent child 18 years or older as it appears on their passport or on the official documents that will be use to obtain their passport. Do not use initials.

List all trips that the dependent child has taken outside their country of origin or of residence in the last ten years (or since their 18th birthday if this was less than ten years ago). Include all trips: tourism, business, training, etc.

If they did not travel outside their country during this period, check “did not travel”.


Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409)

Who must complete this form?

This form must be completed and signed by the sponsor and common-law partner, only if the latter is a co-signer on the application.


Write the following information in the space provided:

  • Country
  • Province/state/territory
  • name of the declarant
  • name of the declarant’s partner
  • name of city, town, village
  • name of county (if applicable)
  • name of province/state/territory
  • name of the country
  • number of continuous year(s) in a conjugal relationship
  • date of the relationship (from-to)
Question 1A

Check the box to indicate if you have jointly signed a residential lease, mortgage or purchase agreement relating to a residence in which you both live.

Question 1B

Check the box to indicate if you jointly own property other than your residence.

Question 1C

Check the box to indicate if you have joint bank, trust credit union or charge card accounts.

Question 1D

Check the box to indicate if you have declared your common-law union under the Canadian Income Tax Act ( T-1 “General individual income Tax Return”)

Question 2

Check the box to indicate if you have life insurance on yourself which names your common-law partner as beneficiary.

Question 3

Check the box to indicate if your common-law partner has life insurance on him/herself which names you as beneficiary.

Question 4

If you answered “NO” to questions 1 to 3, indicate other documentary evidence you have that would indicate your relationship as common-law partners

Question 5

SOLEMN DECLARATION

Write the following information in the space provided:

  • name of declarant
  • name of declarant partner
  • name of the city, town, village
  • name of the county
  • name of the province /state/territory
  • name of the country
  • date (day, month, year)
  • signature of the declarant
  • signature of the declarant
  • name of the Commissioner of Oaths
  • signature of the Commissioner of Oaths

Use of a Representative (IMM 5476)

Who may use this form?

Complete this form only if you:

  • used the services of a representative to help you prepare or submit your application; or
  • are appointing a representative; or
  • are cancelling a representative’s appointment.

If you have dependent children aged 18 years or older, they are required to complete their own copy of this form if a representative is also conducting business on their behalf.

Your spouse or common-law partner does not have to complete a separate request and must sign in the box provided under question 10.

What is a representative?

A representative is someone who has provided advice, consultation, or guidance to you at any stage of the immigration application process, or in an immigration proceeding. If someone represented or advised you to help you submit your application, then that person is your representative. A representative is also someone who has your permission to conduct business on your behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

When you appoint a representative:

  • you also authorize CIC and CBSA to share information from your case file with this person;
  • your application will not be given special attention nor can you expect faster processing or a more favourable outcome;
  • the representative is authorized to represent you only on immigration matters related to the application you submit with this form;
  • you can appoint only one (1) representative for each application you submit;
  • you are not obliged to hire a representative. We treat everyone equally, whether they use the service of a representative or not.

Important information. You must notify us if your representative’s contact information changes or if you cancel the appointment of a representative.

Types of representatives

Family, friends, and non-profit groups often help applicants who feel the need for support and advice on immigration matters. You can appoint a representative who does not charge fees or receive any other compensation for providing immigration advice or services to represent you before CIC or the CBSA.

There are two (2) types of representatives.

Uncompensated representatives include:

  • friends and family members who do not, and will not, charge a fee or receive any other consideration for their advice and services;
  • organizations that do not, and will not, charge a fee or receive any other consideration for providing immigration advice or assistance (such as a non-governmental or religious organization);
  • consultants, lawyers and Quebec notaries, and students-at-law under their supervision, who do not, and will not, charge a fee or receive any other consideration to represent you.

Compensated representatives:

Compensated representatives charge a fee or receive some other form of consideration in exchange for the advice and representation that they provide. If you want us to conduct business with a compensated representative then they must be authorized by CIC.

Note: If an immigration representative is being paid or compensated by someone other than the applicant, then the representative is still considered to be a compensated representative.

It is important to know that anyone who represents or advises you for payment — or offers to do so — in connection with immigration proceedings or applications is breaking the law unless they are an authorized representative or they have a specific agreement or arrangement with the Government of Canada that allows them to represent or advise you. This applies to advice or consultation which happens before or after an immigration application is made or a proceeding begins.

Authorized representatives are:

  • immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC);
  • lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society and students-at-law under their supervision;
  • notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec and students-at-law under their supervision.

If you appoint a compensated representative who is not a member of one of these designated bodies, your application will be returned. For more information on using a representative, visit our website.

General Application Information

  • Check one box to indicate if you are appointing or cancelling the appointment of a representative.
  • Check both boxes and complete all sections if you are cancelling a representative and appointing a new one at the same time.

Section A – Applicant Information

Question 1

Write your last name (surname or family name) and given name(s).

Question 2

Write your date of birth.

Question 3

If you have already submitted your application, write:

  • the name of office where the application was submitted;
  • location of office;
  • type of application you are sending.
Question 4

Write your Citizenship and Immigration Canada Identification (ID) or Unique Client Identifier (UCI) number (if known).

Section B – Appointment of Representative

Question 5

Write your representative’s full name.

If your representative is a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), a law society or the Chambre des notaires du Québec, print his or her name as it appears on the organization’s membership list.

Question 6

Check one box to indicate if your representative is unpaid or paid.

If your representative is paid, write the membership ID number of:

  • the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC); or
  • a Canadian provincial or territorial law society; or
  • the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
Question 7

Write your representative’s contact information.

Note: By indicating your representative’s e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing CIC to transmit your file and personal information to this specific e-mail address.

Question 8

To accept responsibility for conducting business on your behalf, your representative must:

  • sign the declaration
  • date the declaration, and
  • include the Party ID, only if it is known.

Section C – Cancel the Appointment of a Representative

Question 9

Fill in this section if you wish to cancel the appointment of a representative. Write the representative’s full name.

Section D – Your Declaration

Question 10

By signing, you authorize CIC to complete your request for yourself and your dependent children under 18 years of age.

If your spouse or common-law partner is included in this request, he or she must sign in the box provided.

Release of information to other individuals

To authorize CIC to release information from your case file to someone other than a representative, you will need to complete the form Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (IMM 5475) (PDF, 1.75 MB). The form is also available from Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates abroad.

The person you designate will be able to obtain information on your case file, such as the status of your application. However, they will not be able to conduct business on your behalf with CIC.


Step 3: Pay the fees

Processing fees must be paid only for the principal applicant and any accompanying family members.

Calculating your fees

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. There are two (2) types of fees:

1. The processing fee which must be included with your application

Processing Fee Number of persons Amount per person Amount Due
Principal applicant 1 x $550 $550
Each family member age 22 or older   x $550  
Each family member under age 22 who is married or in a common-law relationship   x $550  
Each family member under age 22 who is unmarried and not in a common-law relationship   x $150  
Total payment:  

2. The Right of Permanent Residence Fee, which will be requested by the Visa Office at a later stage if your application is approved.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee Number of persons Amount per person Amount Due
Principal applicant 1 x $490 $ 490
Spouse or common-law partner   x $490  
Total Payment:  

Note: Dependent children are exempt from paying the right of Permanent Residence fee.


Incorrect fee payment

Important information. Incorrect fee payments may delay your application.

Payment issue: No fee included/or insufficient fees

CIO will return your application.

Note: The review of your application will only start after you return your application with the correct fees.


Payment issue: Overpayment

CIO will:

  • start reviewing your application, and
  • send you a refund as soon as possible.

Note: You do not have to request a refund, it will be done automatically.

Payment method options

Complete the Fee Payment Form - Application for Permanent Residence (IMM 5620) and include it with your application to the CIO. On-line payments are not accepted by the CIO.

In Canadian funds only, you may pay

  • by certified cheque, bank draft or money order made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada." or
  • with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

Note: Certified cheques, bank drafts and money orders may have expiry dates. When you submit your application to the CIO, the expiry date must be at least five months into the future.

If there is no expiry date on your certified cheque, money order or bank draft and it is drawn on a foreign bank, it can only be cashed for 6 months from the date of issue. To ensure it can still be cashed when the fee payment is processed at the CIO, it must be issued no more than 30 days before you send your application to the CIO.

If you are paying by credit card, please ensure that your credit card will be valid for at least nine months from your submission date.

If we are unable to process your payment, your application will be returned to you.

Important information. Each application from a principal applicant must include a fee payment form. This form must include the fees for the principal applicant and any accompanying family members.

The same fee payment form may not be used for more than one principal applicant.

Do not enclose cash.

If you are applying at one of the following visa offices and are unable to pay in Canadian funds, please visit the responsible Visa Office website for fee payment instructions and to obtain the fee payment form.

Obtaining an original receipt form–Inside Canada

You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through our website.


Additional fees

You must also pay for the following for yourself and your family members (if applicable):

  • medical examinations
  • police certificates
  • language assessments


Note

Sign the form

The application must be signed and dated before it is submitted.

If you are:

  • 18 years of age or older, sign and date in the boxes provided at the bottom of the page,
  • less than 18 years of age, your form must be signed by one of your parents or legal guardian.

Note: If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you.


Submit the application form

When submitting your application, to ensure your encoded data is captured, you must include the last page or pages which contain your unique barcodes. See the image below:

Sample Barcodes

Note: This page is only available when you complete your application electronically (on a computer).

Documentation submitted with your application will not be returned.

You must keep a copy of the completed forms and all documents before sending them to the CIO.


Step 4: Mail the application


Note

Mailing instructions

Follow the instructions below to determine where to submit your application.

  • Put the completed forms, supporting documents required by the CIO and fee payment in a 23 cm x 30.5 cm (9″ x 12″) envelope.
  • Send your completed application to one of the addresses shown below.

Note: On your envelope, specify the category under which you are applying and the primary NOC 2011 occupation code you have identified on your application.

Regular mail:

Applicants applying under Category 1 and Category 2 (NOC Category or Offer of Arranged Employment Category):

Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope)
(Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)
Recipient (centre of the envelope)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Federal Skilled Worker
NOC Category or Arranged Employment Category
Primary NOC 2011 Code: XXXX
Centralized Intake Office
PO BOX 7500
Sydney, NS
B1P 0A9
Canada

Applicants applying under Category 3 (PhD Category):

Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope)
(Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)
Recipient (centre of the envelope)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Federal Skilled Worker
PhD Category
Primary NOC 2011 Code: XXXX
Centralized Intake Office
PO BOX 8300
Sydney, NS
B1P 0B6
Canada

Or by courier for all categories:

Note: On your envelope, specify the category under which you are applying.


Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope)
(Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)

Recipient (centre of the envelope)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Federal Skilled Worker
NOC Category, Offer of Arranged Employment category or PhD category
Primary NOC 2011 Code: XXXX
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 5Z2
Canada



Send the document checklist

Make sure you follow the Document Checklist (IMM 5612) and use it as the cover page of your application. Do not submit documents that are not found on the checklist and do not send duplicates of your application or documentation.



Note

Sign the form

The application must be signed and dated before it is mailed. If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you.


What Happens Next

The table below represents the phases of the assessment and processing.

Phase: Completeness check

Citizenship and Immigration Canada reviews your application to make sure that:

  • all required fields in your application forms are complete,
  • all required documents are submitted from Document Checklist (IMM 5612), and
  • the correct processing fee payment has been made

If your application is:

  • incomplete or;
  • the allowable cap limit has been reached,

your entire package (including your payment) will be returned to you with a letter explaining why it is being returned.

Phase: Eligibility Review

An officer at the CIO will make a final determination as to whether you meet all the eligibility criteria and your application is eligible for processing.

If your application is not eligible for processing, you will be sent a letter that:

  • explains the reason(s) why your application is not eligible for processing, and
  • confirms that a refund for the processing fee will be issued.

Phase: Selection and Admissibility

If your application is eligible for processing, your application will be assessed against the following requirements:

Note: If the initial assessment of your score for points against the selection factors is equal to or greater than the pass mark, your application will be sent by the CIO to the appropriate visa office for further processing and a final decision. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, or do not meet the pass mark against the selection factors, your application will be refused. In either case, a refund of processing fees will not be issued at this stage of the application process.




Important information

Medical requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical examination.

You and your family members, whether they will be accompanying you or not, must undergo and pass a medical examination. To pass the medical examination you or your family members must not have a condition that:

  • is a danger to public health or safety, or
  • would cause excessive demand on health or social services in Canada.

Examples of “excessive demand” include ongoing hospitalization or institutional care for a physical or mental illness.

Important information. You must inform us immediately of any change in your marital status or your family composition (e.g. marriage, common-law relationship, separation, divorce, birth of a child, adoption of a child, death, etc). Any family member who has not been examined before you become a permanent resident can never be sponsored by you in the future.

Instructions
Information on medical instructions will be provided to you. When you receive your assessment notice you will also receive medical forms for yourself (and any accompanying dependants if applicable), instructions and how to access a list of doctors in your area who are authorized to conduct immigration medical examinations (see below). You are not required to have a medical examination before you submit your application forms.

Exam validity
The medical examination results are valid for 12 months from the date of the first medical examination. If the processing of your application for permanent residence is not completed during this time, you will have to undergo another complete medical examination.

Authorized doctors
Only certain designated doctors can do the medical examination. You must see a physician on Canada’s list of Panel Physicians. Note that the physician is only responsible for conducting a medical examination; he or she cannot give you any advice on the immigration process.


Factors that can facilitate processing

There are certain things you can do to help ensure that your application is processed as fast as possible:

  • make sure that all the documentation and information requested are provided with your application
  • advise the visa office, where you submitted your application, of any change to your contact information. This includes:
    • mailing address
    • telephone number
    • facsimile number (fax)
    • e-mail address

Factors that may delay processing

The following factors may delay the processing of your application:

  • unclear photocopies of documents
  • contact information that is unclear, illegible, incorrect or blocked by your internet server
  • documents not accompanied by a certified English or French translation
  • information and documents provided required independent verification
  • a medical condition that may require additional tests or consultations
  • a criminal or security problem
  • family situations such as impending divorce, or custody or maintenance issues, or completion of a legal adoption
  • consultation is required with other offices in Canada and abroad

H&C considerations

The Ministerial Instructions do not permit the consideration of humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) requests for exemption from immigration legislation, unless the applicant meets the requirements for processing under one of the two categories identified in the Federal Skilled Worker class.

This means that requests for exemptions on H&C grounds should only be submitted after it has been determined that your application qualifies for processing under the ministerial instructions.

Note: Requests in other classes will continue to be processed at Visa Offices.



Permanent resident status

If your application is successful, you and your family members will receive permanent resident visas. You will become permanent residents of Canada when you move to Canada within the validity of your visa(s). Some conditions will apply:

  • You will remain a permanent resident until you become a Canadian citizen, as long as you spend at least two years of each five year period in Canada.
  • You may leave and re-enter Canada as often as you wish.

Rights

As permanent residents, you and your family members will have the right to:

  • live, study and work in Canada for as long as you remain permanent residents
  • access most social benefits accorded to Canadian citizens (see Limitations).
  • apply for Canadian citizenship, and if granted, apply for a Canadian passport once you have been a legal permanent resident for three of the four previous years.

Limitations

There are a few limitations on permanent residents:

  • You cannot vote in certain elections.
  • You may be ineligible for certain jobs requiring high-level security clearances.
  • If you or any of your family members commit a serious crime, you or your family members may be stripped of permanent resident status and deported from Canada.

Obligations

As permanent residents, you will also have the same legal obligations as Canadians, such as paying taxes and respecting all federal, provincial, and municipal laws.


The Permanent Resident Card

All new permanent residents will be issued a card as part of the process. Cards will be mailed to your home address soon after you become a permanent resident. For more information on the Permanent Resident Card, visit our website.


Checking application status online

You can check the status of your application online once you receive your file number by doing the following:

  1. Go to the CIC website;
  2. Select Check application status;
  3. Follow the instructions provided.

Protecting your information

Your personal information is:

  • only available to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you, and
  • not disclosed to anyone else except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act.

For more information. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre on our website.


How to contact CIC

Within Canada

CIC Call Centre:

1 888 242-2100 (toll-free)

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time

If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. your local time by calling: 1-888-576-8502 (in Canada only).

Outside Canada

Contact a visa office at a Canadian:

  • Embassy,
  • High Commission or
  • Consulate

Consult the local phone pages or the CIC website for addresses, phone numbers and website addresses.


Appendix A - Photo Specifications

Notes to the applicant

TAKE THIS WITH YOU TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Immigration photographs are not the same as passport photographs.
  • Make sure that you provide the correct number of photographs specified in the Checklist.

Notes to the photographer

The photos must:

  • show a full front view of the person’s head and shoulders showing full face centred in the middle of the photograph;
  • have a plain white background;
  • be identical (black and white or colour) produced from the same untouched negative, or exposed simultaneously by a split‑image or multi‑lens camera;

The photos must:

  • measure between 25 mm and 30 mm (1”and 1 3/8”) from chin to crown;
  • have a 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8” x 1 ¾”) finished size.

Image described above


Appendix B – Letter of Attestation for the PhD stream


Appendix C – Educational Credential Assessment Conversion Table

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