Applying for permanent residence—Canadian Experience Class

 Get help to open an application form or to complete an application form in the Help Centre.

New: Starting August 1st, 2014, the age at which a child is considered a dependant will be reduced from under 22 years of age to less than 19 years of age. Read about the changes.

This application package includes:

Use this application if you are:

  • a temporary worker with at least one year of work experience in Canada, or
  • a graduate from a Canadian post-secondary school with at least one year of work experience in Canada, and you want to apply for permanent residence.

How to use this application package

Read the Instruction Guide to fill out your application forms.

  • Use the Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008]. You can fill it out and save it using a computer. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or higher. Also, you must turn on JavaScript.
  • Filling out the form using a computer is easier than filling it out by hand. It reduces the risk of mistakes that can slow down the application process.
  • Trouble downloading? Right-click the link and select "Save Target As…"

Fill out, validate, print, sign and date your applation forms.

To make sure you submit all the pages, follow these steps.

IMM 0008 form

  1. Click the "Validate" button at the top or bottom of the form.

    Note: Validating the form before printing makes sure that you have answered all the questions. This will help you to avoid delays in processing your application.

  2. A last page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be created.
  3. Print, sign and date the form.
    For best results:
    • print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper and
    • use a laser printer.
  4. Place the barcode page on top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.

Other forms:

Use the Document Checklist to make sure that you include all the other forms and documents you need.

Pay the fees

Fill out the Fee Payment Form – Application for Permanent Residence (IMM 5620).

Important: Do you live in a country served by one of these visa offices?

If you do and you are unable to pay in Canadian funds, go to the visa office website to get the fee payment form and find out how to pay your fees.

Mail your fully completed application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Find out if you are eligible

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