After you apply – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

Learn what you can expect once you send your application.

How we assess your application

We will verify that you have:

  • filled out your application for permanent residence correctly
  • paid your processing fee
  • met all the requirements
  • included all documents

We will contact you through your online account to:

  • confirm that have reviewed your application
  • send you updates on the status of your application
  • ask you for more documents
  • set up an interview
  • tell you what you need to do and what will happen next

Reviewing your information

If you aren't truthful in your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence we may:

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason

Processing times

We process most Express Entry applications in six months or less, after we get your complete application.

You may be able to avoid delays by updating your account if there are any changes to your:

  • personal information, such as your:
    • address
    • telephone number
    • email
  • family structure

Causes of processing delays

Your application will be delayed if:

  • we need to verify information
  • there are criminal or security problems
  • we need to do more background checks
  • your family situation isn't clear, such as:
    • a divorce or an adoption that isn't yet complete
    • child custody issues that haven't been resolved
  • you need to submit more documents or go to an interview with us

Check your application status online

You can check the status of your application online by:

  1. Logging into your account
  2. Scrolling to the bottom of the “Welcome” page
  3. Looking for the table under “View my submitted applications or profiles”
  4. Choosing the “Check status and messages” button under “Application type” and “Express Entry”
  5. Viewing the “Application Details” table for the status of each stage

Decision on your application

We will make a decision on your application based on if you:

  • meet the eligibility criteria for the program
  • are admissible to Canada, based on the results of your:
    • medical exam
    • police certificates
    • background checks

You will need to pay your Right of Permanent Residence fees, if you haven't already.

Confirmation of permanent residence

If we approve your application, we will issue you a:

  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
  • a permanent resident visa (if you're from a country that requires visas)

Your COPR will have information about who you are, as well as your photograph. Check to make sure your information is correct. It should be the same as the information on your passport. If there is a mistake on your COPR, contact us through your account.

If you're arriving from outside Canada, be sure to follow the instructions in the letter that came with your immigration document(s).You must have your COPR and your visa (if you need one) with you when you arrive in Canada.

If we refuse your application, we will inform you through your account.

Get ready to settle in Canada

There are things you can do to prepare for life in Canada.

Before you arrive in Canada

After you arrive in Canada

Expiring profiles and permits

Express Entry profiles are valid for one year. If your Express Entry profile is about to expire you can re-create your profile.

If you get invited to apply at the end of your one year, you will still have 90 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

Bridging an expiring work permit

If your existing work permit is about to expire, you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. If you're eligible, this permit can let you keep working while you wait for a final decision on your permanent residence application.

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