Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents: After you apply
How we process your application
We’ll review your application to make sure
- it’s complete
- you meet all the eligibility requirements
- you paid your fees
- you included all the required documents
Your application may be delayed if
- there are any criminal or security problems, or we need to do more background checks
- your family situation isn’t clear (this could include a divorce, an adoption that isn’t complete or child custody issues that haven’t been resolved)
- the processing office has to contact other IRCC offices in or outside Canada to confirm the information you gave
If your application isn’t complete
We may return or refuse your application if
- it’s missing any required documents
- you didn’t pay your fees
If your application is complete
We’ll ask you, and any family members you include in your application, to
Get your fingerprints and photo taken
You and your family members may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply for permanent residence. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.
Get a medical exam
You don’t need to complete a medical exam before you apply.
We’ll ask you to complete one after we review your application.
You must complete a medical exam before you can become a permanent resident of Canada. Your family members must also complete medical exams, even if they’re not coming with you to Canada. You won’t be able to sponsor them in the future if they don’t complete these exams.
We won’t approve your application if your health
- is a danger to Canada’s public health or safety
- would cause too much demand on health or social services in Canada
When we ask you to complete your exam, we’ll send you both of the following:
- medical forms for you and any family members you include in your application
- instructions about finding a doctor in your area who is authorized to do immigration medical exams
If we approve your application
Make sure you pay your right of permanent residence fee (if you haven’t already).
We’ll contact you to
- give you a confirmation of permanent residence document, which confirms you’ve been approved to become a Canadian permanent resident
- confirm your mailing address in Canada, so we can send you your permanent resident card (PR card)
If you have family members outside Canada, we may also send you permanent resident visas for them (if they need visas to enter Canada).
If we refuse your application
We’ll send you a letter that explains why we refused your application.
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