Apply for permanent residence: Assessing your Express Entry application

We’ll make sure that you have:

  • filled out your application for permanent residence completely and correctly
  • paid your processing fee
  • met all the requirements
  • included all documents

We will contact you through your online account to:

  • confirm that we have reviewed your application
  • send you updates on the status of your application
  • ask you for more documents if necessary
  • set up an interview if necessary
  • tell you what you need to do and what will happen next

Processing times

We process most Express Entry applications in 6 months or less, after we get your complete application.

Avoid delays by updating your information. You can use this Web form if you need to report important changes about your application, such as:

  • changes in address, telephone number, email or other contact information
  • births or deaths in your family
  • marriages or divorces
  • adoptions
  • changes to your job or job offer
  • a new educational credential
  • updated language test results

Causes of processing delays

Your application will be delayed if:

  • we need to verify information
  • there are criminal or security problems
  • we need to do more background checks
  • your family situation isn't clear, such as:
    • a divorce or an adoption that isn't yet complete
    • child custody issues that haven't been resolved
  • you need to submit more documents or go to an interview with us

Check your application status online

You can check the status of your application in your account. Under “View the applications you submitted,” click “Check messages and status.”

Verifying your information

If you aren't truthful in your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, we may:

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason

Decision on your application

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

  • whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the program
  • whether you’re admissible to Canada, based on the results of your:
    • medical exam
    • police certificates
    • background checks

When we make a decision on your application, we’ll let you know through your account.

If your application is rejected or refused

To be considered in future rounds of invitations, you will have to:

If your application is approved

Make sure to pay your Right of Permanent Residence fee, if you haven't already.

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