Caring for people with high medical needs: After you apply

Processing your application

After you apply, a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officer will verify that you:

  • filled out your application forms correctly and signed them,
  • paid your processing fee,
  • meet the language requirements,
  • provided proof of qualifying work experience, and license to practice in Canada if applicable,
  • provided proof of meeting the education requirements, and
  • included all other required documents and information specified in the application package.

If your application is not complete, it will not be processed and it will be sent back to you. CIC will contact you when it gets your application. You will be told what you need to do and what will happen next.

Avoiding delays

You may be able to avoid delays when your application is processed by:

  • telling the processing office about any changes to your personal information, such as your address, telephone number or email, or the birth of a child, and
  • not contacting 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 CIC offices in Canada or abroad to verify the data you gave.

You can check the status of your application online after the CIC office has started to process your application.

Decision on your application

The CIC officer will make a decision on your application based on:

  • whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the program,
  • the results of your medical exam, and
  • the information on your police certificates and the results of other background checks.

The office that processes your application will contact you if you need to send more documents or go to an interview.

If your application is approved, we will ask you to send your passport to the processing office so we can issue your permanent resident visa.

Processing time ?

6 months

Processing time is the average for how long it takes from when an application is received to when we make a decision. Learn more about processing times.

If you are currently working in Canada

If your existing work permit is about to expire, you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. If you are 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 CIC approves your application, we will issue you a permanent resident visa. This visa includes your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and, if you are from a country whose nationals require a visa to enter Canada, an entry visa.

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

You must have your COPR and, if applicable, your visa with you when you arrive in Canada.


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