Department of Citizenship and Immigration

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. It also:


Our services and information

Check your application status

Includes online updates for sponsorship, permanent resident and citizenship applications using your identification number, name, date and place of birth.

Check application processing times

Includes how long it takes to process immigration and citizenship applications by type, by country and by application method (paper or online).

Apply to immigrate

Includes Express Entry for skilled workers, applications for family sponsorship, caregivers, start-up visas and refugees.

Apply online for a visa, study or work permit

Includes how to apply online to work, study or visit Canada and how to access your MyCIC account.

Find out if you need an eTA or a visa

Includes a list of countries whose citizens need an eTA or a visa to visit or transit through Canada.

Find forms and guides

Includes application forms to study, work, visit, and immigrate to Canada, as well as for Canadian citizenship and permanent resident cards.

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Help Centre

Find quick and direct answers to your questions, including how to complete application forms, extend visas and permits, and replace lost documents.

Do you want to come to Canada?

Answer a few questions to find out what immigration programs you can apply for, and how to submit an online or paper application.

Express Entry

Express Entry provides a faster way for skilled workers to settle in Canada.

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