Apply for permanent residence: After you apply through Express Entry

After you apply

We 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 the documents

We’ll contact you through your online account to

  • tell you to give your biometrics
  • 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

Get your fingerprints and photo taken

If you’re between 14 and 79 years old, you need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) for every permanent residence application you submit to us, even if you gave your biometrics in the past, and they’re still valid.

  • You must pay the biometric fee when you submit your application. Otherwise, you may experience delays.
  • Pay your biometric fee as soon as you get the letter from us that tells you to give your biometrics.
  • You have 30 days from the date on the letter to give your biometrics.

Find out who needs to give biometrics, how to give them, and where to give them.

COVID-19: Changes to biometrics

Biometrics collection services are unavailable at some sites.

Find out what to do if there’s a service disruption at the site closest to you.

Verifying your information

If you are not truthful in your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, we may

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you from applying to come to Canada for any reason for 5 years

Decision on your application

We 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’ll have to

If your application is approved

Make sure to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so.

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