Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Apply for permanent residence

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply.

Find out who needs to give biometrics and how the new application process works.

Important: Make sure you are applying for the right program based on your previous work experience. If you apply for the wrong program and do not have the work experience required for that program, your application for permanent residence will be refused.

How to apply

You must now apply online

As of September 23, 2022, it is now mandatory to apply online.

If you can’t apply online, and require accommodations, including for a disability, you can ask for the application in another format (paper, braille or large print).

Sign in or create a Permanent residence online application portal account (opens in a new tab) .

Get the instruction guide

Use our instruction guide to fill out the forms properly.

We recently updated the eligibility and other requirements for this pilot. The instruction guide you need depends on when you applied for community recommendation.

If you applied for a community recommendation on or before September 22, 2022

Use the instruction guide (IMM 0118A) for people who applied for recommendation before September 23, 2022 (opens in a new tab) .

If you applied for a community recommendation on or after September 23, 2022

Use the instruction guide (IMM 0118) for people who applied for recommendation on or after September 23, 2022 (opens in a new tab) .

You must fill out these digital forms online

You’ll fill out these digital forms online (for yourself, and any family members 18 or older)

You must also fill out these PDF forms

Complete and sign these PDF forms, if they apply to you

Forms for the employer to fill out

Forms for the designated Economic Development Organization of the participating community to fill out

Tips for downloading and filling out the application forms

Using an immigration representative

If you want to appoint someone to do business with us on your behalf, you must

An immigration representative (an immigration consultant or lawyer) can give you advice and help you with your application for a fee. But they can’t

A representative can fill out forms and communicate with us on your behalf through their own account. They can also

After you read the declaration, you must be the one who types your name. This is the legal requirement for your application to be considered “signed,” according to Canada’s immigration law.

If you want to allow us to release information from your application to someone other than yourself who will not act as your representative you must

Photo specifications

You need one photo for each person on your application.

Follow the instructions in the online application to scan and upload both sides of your photo.

Technical issues

If you’re having technical issues applying, contact us using the web form

If you need to upload a number of images, find out how to combine them into 1 document.

Get your fingerprints and photo taken

If you’re between 14 and 79 years old, you may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics).

Find out if you need to give your biometrics

Temporary changes to biometrics

Book your biometric appointment as soon as you can to avoid processing delays.

If you can’t book an appointment by the deadline on your biometric instruction letter, there may be temporary measures in place to help you.

Pay your fees online

Find out how to pay your fees.

Submit your online application

Before you submit your application, make sure you:

If your application is incomplete, we’ll reject it. You’ll have to fix any errors and then re-submit it.

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