Change my address

If you have an application in process, you must tell us if you change your address. There are different ways of changing your address depending on your type of application and whether you are:

Where are you applying from?

  • In Canada
  • In the United States
  • Outside Canada and the United States

In Canada

In most cases, you can use the online service. The changes should appear in your file within 5 business days.

Step 1 – Check if you can change your address online

You can use the online service if:

  • your case is being processed in Canada
  • your address is in Canada
  • you are moving within three weeks or have already moved
  • you must also have either:
    • sponsored a member of the family class,
    • applied for permanent residence from within Canada,
    • applied for a Permanent Resident Card,
    • applied for Canadian citizenship (for yourself or for a person adopted by a Canadian citizen),
    • applied for a citizenship certificate (proof of Canadian citizenship),
    • applied to renounce or resume Canadian citizenship, or
    • applied for a search of the citizenship records.

Step 2 – Gather your documents

You may need documents related to your application, including one or more of these:

  • a copy of your application
  • your fee receipts
  • any letter or official document we issued to you

Step 3 – Change your address online

Use the online service to tell us of your change of address.

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If you have an immigration application in process and a representative on file (paid or unpaid), the mailing address in your file will be your representative’s address.

What if I can’t change my address online?

If you can’t change your address online, you can change it using this Web form. Follow the instructions and include all the details we ask for.

If you recently immigrated to Canada, you must tell us your new address to receive a permanent resident (PR) card.

If you moved to Canada after you submitted an application for a citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship), search of citizenship records or to renounce (give up) your Canadian citizenship to a mission outside Canada and the United States, contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate where you submitted your application to change your address.

In the United States

If you submitted an immigration application, contact the Canadian visa office serving your region to change your address.

If you submitted an application for a citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship), search of citizenship records or to renounce (give up) your Canadian citizenship, tell us your new address using this Web form. Follow the instructions and include all the details we ask for.

If you don’t tell us or the visa office of your change of address, important documents could be delayed or lost. Your application could be refused.

If you applied for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) or made an application for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds, send your change of address to the Backlog Reduction Office in Vancouver.

Outside Canada and the United States

If you submitted an immigration application, contact the Canadian visa office serving your region to change your address.

If you submitted an application for a citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship), search of citizenship records or to renounce (give up) your Canadian citizenship contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate where you submitted your application to change your address.

If you don’t tell us or the visa office of your change of address, important documents could be delayed or lost. Your application could be refused.

If you applied for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) or made an application for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds, send your change of address to the Backlog Reduction Office in Vancouver.

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