Apply for permanent residence

1. Make sure you’re eligible

If you want to apply for permanent residence, make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements for this pilot. If you don’t meet all requirements, your application for permanent residence will be refused.

2. Apply online using the permanent residence portal

You must 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) .

The Instruction Guide (IMM 0117), will help you fill out the forms properly.

Complete your forms and gather your documents

Forms for the applicant

Digital forms

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

  • Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
  • Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
  • Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)
  • Supplementary Information – Your travels (IMM 5562)
PDF forms

You must fill out and upload these forms to your online application. You don’t need to sign the forms.

PDF forms to complete and sign, if they apply to you

These forms must be filled out, printed and then signed by hand by the principal applicant and the third party. Then you need to make a digital copy of the form and upload it to your online application.

Form for the employer (if applicable)

Your employer must fill out the form below, print it, sign it by hand and send a copy to you.

You (the principal applicant) must read the declaration at the bottom of the form and sign the form by hand. Then make a digital copy of the form and upload it to your online application.

Tips for downloading and filling out the application forms
  • Make sure you have Adobe Reader 10 or higher and Javascript is turned on. If you have trouble downloading, right-click the link and choose "Save Target As…"
  • Fill out the form on your computer instead of by hand. It’s easier and reduces mistakes that can cause delays.
  • The Schedule 1 and job offer forms must be filled out on your computer.
If you want to use an immigration representative

If you’re an authorized paid representative, find out how you can create an account and submit applications on behalf of your clients.

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

  • open a portal account on your behalf
  • electronically sign the application for you
  • sign in to the portal using your username and password

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

  • help you prepare the documents you need to upload
  • answer questions about the forms

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 us to release information from your application to someone else

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

If you’re having technical issues

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

  • Under type of application/enquiry, choose technical difficulties from the drop-down menu.
  • In the text box, specify the program you’re applying under.
  • Upload screenshots from your account that show us
    • the page where you’re having problems
    • the error message(s) you get

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

Photo specifications

You need one photo for each person in your application.

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

3. Pay your application fees

Our permanent residence fees have increased

The fees for all permanent residence applications increased on April 30, 2024. If you paid your fees before April 30, but have not yet submitted your complete application, you will need to pay the difference.

Fees: From $1,525

In most cases, you’ll need to pay the following fees:

processing fees You’ll need to pay processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application
right of permanent residence fee You’ll pay the right of permanent residence fee when your application is approved.
biometrics fee

In most cases, you’ll pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. If you don’t, your application may be delayed.

This fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.

third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for

The instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you.

Find out how to pay your fees(opens in another window) online .

4. Submit your online application

Before you submit your application, make sure you

As the principal applicant, you’ll electronically sign for the entire application, including those of your family members.

Avoid processing delays by sending us a complete application. If your application is incomplete

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