Step 1: Find out if you are eligible to apply
Do you want to work, study, visit, travel through or live permanently in Canada?
Answer a few questions to find out what immigration programs you can apply for. Each immigration program has different application and eligibility requirements. You will need about 10-15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
You may be asked questions about your:
- language ability
- family members
- work experience
- income and/or net worth
- details on any job offer
Based on your answers, we will tell you what programs you are eligible to apply for.
Step 2: Fill out your application and gather your supporting documents
If you are eligible to apply for permanent residence, we will provide you the steps you need to submit an application.
If you are eligible to apply for temporary residence in Canada (visitor visas, study and work permits) we will ask you a few more questions and we will give you a list of documents you will need to submit with your application. This is your document checklist.
Print your document checklist for your reference.
Once you have your documents and application form ready, you can submit your application to CIC. Some applicants may need to get a medical exam and/or police check before submitting their application.
Step 3: Submit your application
Submitting an application online
For some programs, you can submit your application online. To apply online, you will need a credit card and the ability to create electronic copies of your supporting documents, using a scanner or camera.
You will receive a personal checklist code, shown on your document checklist. Your personal checklist code will be valid for 60 days. Do not lose this number. You will need it to submit your application online.
When you are ready to apply, the next step is to create a MyCIC account. This is where you will enter your personal checklist code. The steps to apply are outlined on your document checklist.
If you are returning and already have a personal checklist code, find out how you can continue your application online.
Submitting an application on paper
For some programs, or if you don’t have a credit card or the ability to create electronic copies for your supporting documents, you must submit an application on paper. The instructions on how to apply will be on your document checklist.
Important: This information is for reference only and no immigration decision will be made based on your answers. If you choose to apply, your application will be considered by an immigration officer in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, without regard to any outcome you attain through this questionnaire. Read the full notice.