How do I fill out an immigration application?
If you are applying on paper:
- Answer every question, even if it does not apply to your situation. If an answer or the whole application is considered incomplete by CIC, the application may be returned or refused.
- If you do not have an answer to a question, and there are no instructions for it on the form or in the Instruction Guide, write “not applicable” or “N/A” in the space provided. That shows you have read and filled out the form fully.
- If your answer to a question will not fit in the space on a printed form, write your full answer on a separate sheet of paper. When doing so, you must note (on the paper) the exact form you are using and the letter or number of the question you are answering.
- If you would like to provide more information, such as details of your circumstances, please provide it on a separate sheet of paper.
For more tips regarding completing forms, see Completing an application form FAQs.
If you are applying online:
- Answer every question on the application form. If an answer, or the whole application, is considered incomplete by CIC, the application may be refused.
- If you do not have an answer to a question, and there are no instructions for it on the form or in the Instruction Guide, write “not applicable” or “N/A” in the space provided. If you do not have a Unique Client Identifier (UCI), please leave the space empty.
- If you want to provide more information about your situation, write your explanation on a separate sheet of paper and upload it into the “Optional documents” section of your document checklist in MyCIC, by selecting “add letter of explanation.”
Please use this option only if:
- the normal processing time for your application has passed and
- you cannot verify the status of your application using the online application status tool or
- you wish to report important changes about your application, such as births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions, changes in address, changes in job status or
- you need urgent processing or
- you would like to make a refugee claim
In Canada: You can use this case specific enquiry form.
Outside Canada: You can use the case-specific enquiry form for the visa office where you sent your application.
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