How to use the application form

The instructions below outline how to use the electronic application form, validate it and electronically sign it. Use the electronic application form whether you are submitting your application online or mailing it to an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office.

  1. Download and open the form.

    Note: The application form is in PDF format. To view it, you must use version 10 or higher of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program (it can be downloaded for free). If you cannot open the form, view our Help Centre question: I cannot open my visa application form in PDF format. What can I do?

  2. Enter your information in the form fields and click the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the application.

    When the form is validated, a page of barcodes (page 5 of 5), similar to the one below, will be created. If the form does not validate, follow the instructions that appear after clicking on the validate button.

    A page of barcodes
  3. Prepare to submit the form.

    For online applications:

    Do not print your application form, and do not use the “signature panel” button at the top of the application. Save the form and then upload it to your ccount. After you upload all required forms, a “Next” button will appear below your uploaded documents. After you click the “Next” button, you will be prompted to enter your name and answer a security question (these two steps are your electronic signature). For more information on electronic signatures, see the Help Centre question: How do I sign my online visa application?

    For paper applications:

    Print the application form, including the barcode page. The barcode must be clear of any distortions, smudges or fading. An unclear barcode can slow down the application process.

    For best results:

    • make sure the barcodes are on the last page (page 5 of 5);
    • print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper; and
    • use a laser printer.

    Sign and date your application. Submit it, along with any other required documents.


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