Applying as a Skilled Worker

 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.

Note: As of May 1, 2014, there is an overall cap of 25,500 for new federal skilled worker applications. This includes a cap of 500 applications from PhD students. There is no cap for applicants with a qualifying job offer.


  • These are the last applications we will accept under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015.
  • Within the 25,000 applications, we will only accept 1,000 in each priority occupation.
  • CIC will return any applications received on or after May 4, 2013 that do NOT include the necessary Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or do not meet the minimum language threshold requirements.
  • Sending more than one application does not increase your chances of being accepted for permanent residence. All eligible applications received before January 1st will be considered for processing based on current guidelines. Fees will be charged for each one.

This application package includes:

You can apply for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Class if you are a foreign national who is a skilled worker or a professional.

There are two other programs for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents:

How to use this application package

Read the instruction guide to complete 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. You must also turn JavaScript on.
  • Filling out the form on a computer is easier than filling it out by hand. It reduces the risk of mistakes that can slow down the application process.
  • Having trouble downloading the form? 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.

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 completed application to the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia (see the "Economic Classes" subsection).

Find out if you are eligible

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