Applying as a Convention Refugee or as a Humanitarian—Protected Person Abroad

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This application includes:

General information for all applicants

Forms

Use this application if you need protection and you want to resettle in Canada. To qualify, you must:

  • meet the definition of a Convention refugee looking to be resettled or
  • be a member of the Humanitarian Designated Classes.

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 application 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.
  4. For best results:
    • print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper and
    • use a laser printer.
  5. Place the barcode page on top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.

Mail your completed application to the correct Canadian visa office.

Find out if you are eligible

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