Interim Pathway for Caregivers: After you apply

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers ended on October 8, 2019. If you submitted an application before or on October 8, we’ll continue to process it.

If you need to send us your language test results or educational credential assessment, follow the instructions in the guide.


If you have to give biometrics, we’ll send you a biometric instruction letter (BIL) which will direct you to a list of biometric collection service points you may choose from.

You must bring the BIL with you to the biometric collection service point to give your biometrics.

Processing your application

An immigration officer will make sure that you:

  • filled out your application forms correctly and signed them
  • paid your fees
  • submitted your biometrics (if required)
  • meet the language requirements
  • provided proof of qualifying work experience
  • meet the education requirements, and
  • included all other required documents and information specified in the application package

If your application isn’t complete, it won’t be processed and it will be sent back to you.

You can check the status of your application online after we’ve started processing your application.

Avoiding delays

To avoid delays:

  • tell the processing office about any changes to your personal information, such as your address, telephone number or email, or the birth of a child
  • don’t contact the processing office more than once about the same issue

Your application will be delayed if:

  • there are criminal or security problems or we need to do more background checks
  • your family situation is not clear – reasons could include a divorce or an adoption that is not yet complete or child custody issues that have not been resolved, or
  • the processing office has to contact other IRCC offices in Canada or abroad to verify the data you gave

Decision on your application

We’ll make a decision on your application based on:

  • whether you meet the eligibility criteria,
  • if you submitted a complete application, and
  • if you are admissible to Canada

We’ll contact you if you need to send more documents.

If you’re currently working in Canada

You may be eligible for an open work permit as an in Canada applicant for permanent residence. If you’re eligible, this permit can let you keep working while you wait for a final decision on your permanent residence application.

Confirmation of permanent residence

If we approve your application, we’ll ask you to send your passport to the processing office so we can issue your permanent resident visa. This visa includes your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and an entry visa, if you’re from a country whose nationals require a visa to enter Canada.

Your COPR will have information about who you are as well as your photograph. Check to make sure it’s correct. It should be the same as the information on your passport. If there is a mistake on your COPR, contact us.

If you’re already in Canada

When we approve your application for permanent residence, we’ll contact you and let you know what to do next.You’ll have to do a short interview with an immigration officer. You have 2 options for your interview:

  • make an appointment at one of our offices in Canada
    • this is the best option because you won’t have to leave and re-enter Canada
  • go to a Canadian “port of entry” (border crossing), and present:
    • proof that you have the funds to support yourself and your family
    • your COPR and your permanent resident visa (if we gave you one)

During the interview, the officer will:

  • make sure all your documents are valid
  • ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the terms to immigrate to Canada
  • confirm your Canadian mailing address, so we can mail your permanent resident card (PR card)

If you change your address within 180 days of completing your interview, you must tell us.

If you’re outside Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you’ll be greeted by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

When you arrive, you must have:

  • a valid passport and/or travel documents
    • Your passport must be a regular, private passport. You can’t immigrate to Canada with a diplomatic, government service or public affairs passport.
  • a valid permanent resident visa and your COPR
    • The officer will make sure you’re entering Canada before or on the expiry date shown on your visa (this document cannot be extended)
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada

The officer will ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the eligibility requirements to immigrate to Canada.

You won’t be allowed into Canada:

  • if you give false or incomplete information or
  • if you don’t convince the officer that you meet the conditions to enter Canada

If you meet the requirements, the officer will allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident. They will also confirm your Canadian mailing address and have your permanent resident card mailed to you there.

If you change your address within 180 days of arriving in Canada, you must tell us.

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