Applying for permanent residence - start-up visa

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

New: On November 22, 2014, additional revisions were made to the Ministerial Instructions that removed the educational requirement for applicants and added additional designated entities to the program. Read the full text of the update to the Ministerial Instructions.

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 includes:

Want to live in Quebec?

The Province of Quebec is in charge of its own business immigration program. If you plan to live in Quebec, visit the Quebec immigration department.

How to use this application package

Read the Instruction Guide to complete your application forms.

  • Use the new Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008]. It can be completed and saved on a computer. You can fill them out and save them using a computer. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or higher. You must also turn JavaScript on.
  • Filling out the forms on a computer is easier than filling them 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 of each form, 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.
    • 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 (IMM 5760) to make sure you include all the other forms and documents you need.

Pay the fees

Complete the Fee Payment Form – Application for Permanent Residence (IMM 5620)

Visit the Pay your fees page to learn about accepted methods of payment.

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

Find out if you are eligible

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