Apply online using the Permanent Residence Portal
We’re improving the Permanent Residence Portal
We recently updated the portal to show the forms and supporting documents for your program of choice. If you already started an application, you may need to re-upload some documents. Learn more about the changes.
Apply online for these permanent immigration programs:
- Agri-food pilot
- Adopting a child through the immigration process
- Atlantic immigration program
- Home Child Care Provider Pilot
- Home Support Worker Pilot
- Humanitarian and compassionate considerations within Canada
- Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry)
- Quebec entrepreneurs and investors
- Quebec-selected skilled workers
- Rural and northern immigration pilot
- Self-employed people
- Sponsoring a spouse, partner, dependent child or other family
- Sponsoring a parent or grandparent
- Start-up visa
- Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence
Sign in or create a Permanent Residence Portal account.
If you can’t apply online and need accommodations, including for a disability, you can ask for the application in another format (paper, braille or large print).
You can apply online or on paper for some permanent immigration programs:
- Protected persons and convention refugees in Canada
- Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents
To try it, sign in or create a Permanent residence portal account.
Filling out forms
Online forms in the portal
You’ll fill out these digital forms online (for yourself, and any family members 18 or older)
- Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
- Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
- Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)
- Supplementary Information - Your travels (IMM 5562), if it applies to you
PDF forms requiring signatures
You must fill out the PDF forms below according to the instruction guide for the immigration program you're applying for.
For all programs
- If using a paid representative or a designated individual these forms can either be signed by hand or electronically
- Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] (PDF, 1.48 MB) – for paid representatives
For family sponsorship applications only
The sponsor must
- download and complete these forms
- digitally sign, along with the principal applicant (PA)
- Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking [IMM 1344] (PDF, 478.72KB)
- Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation Form [IMM 5532] (PDF, 2.21MB)
- Important: To digitally sign the form, you must first complete the form and then select “print to PDF”. This will create a new a version of the form that can be digitally signed.
- If the principal applicant is a minor child (under 18 years old) their parent or legal guardian must sign the forms, and consent and declaration on their behalf.
Submitting forms that someone else needs to sign by hand
For some programs, you may need to include forms that you print and sign by hand. If a third party (other than an authorized representative) also needs to sign the form, like an employer or parent of your dependent child, you must
- print and complete it
- sign it by hand
- get the third party to sign it by hand
- upload it with your application:
- Offer of Employment Form: Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker [IMM 5983] (PDF, 2.3 MB)
- Offer of Employment to a Foreign National - Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (IMM 5984) (PDF, 846 KB)
- Offer of Employment to a Foreign National under the Atlantic Immigration Program [IMM 0157] (PDF, 317 KB)
- Offer of Employment to a Foreign National – Agri-Food Immigration Pilot [IMM 0115] (PDF, 1.74 MB)
- Declaration from Non-Accompanying Parent/Guardian for Minors Immigrating to Canada [IMM 5604] (PDF, 1.75 MB)
- Statuatory declaration of common-law union [IMM 5409] (PDF, 2.23 MB)
- Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] (PDF, 1.48 MB) – for unpaid representatives
All other PDF forms
You and any family members coming with you to Canada must fill out the remaining PDF forms according to the instruction guide for the immigration program you're applying for.
You must download, complete, and upload all the remaining forms you need for your application.
These forms do not need to be signed.
Do not print and scan any of these forms.
Signing the application
As the principal applicant, once you've uploaded your forms, only your signature is needed on the overall consent and declaration to complete the online application. Your family members don’t need to sign it.
If you can’t apply online and require accommodations
If you, your sponsor (if being sponsored by a family member) or representative cannot apply online and require accommodations, including for a disability, you may ask for an alternative format. After we review your request, we’ll send you the application package in one of these formats:
- large print
To request another format:
- Open a new email
- In the subject line of your email, include:
- the format you need (paper, braille, or large print), and
- the application package you want
- In the body of your email, include
- your full name (principal applicant) as shown on your passport
- the full name of your sponsor, if you’re being sponsored by a family member
- a statement explaining that you’re asking for an alternate format
- if you want the application in English or French
- how we should send it to you (by email or regular mail)
- Include your email address if you want us to send it electronically so you can print it yourself. This option will save you the time it would take to mail it to you.
- Include your mailing address if you want it mailed to you.
- Send your email to: IRCC.PRPortalALTRequest-DemandeALTPortailRP.IRCC@cic.gc.ca
We will only reply to requests for alternative formats. We won't reply to any other emails.
After we get your request, we’ll reply with instructions and tell you where to send your application.
To submit your application
- fill out and sign any paper forms
- return the application by mail or courier to the mailing address provided in our instructions
For more information about applying with an alternate format, call 1-888-242-2100 (from inside Canada only).
If you’re having technical issues with the permanent residence online application portal, contact us using the web form
- under type of application/enquiry, choose technical difficulties from the drop-down menu
- in the text box, specify the program you’re applying under
- upload screenshots from your account that show us
- the page where you’re having problems
- the error message(s) you get
If you need to upload a number of images, find out how to combine them into 1 document.
If you’re a representative, find out how you can create an account and submit applications on behalf of your clients.
If you want to appoint someone to do business with us on your behalf, you must
- complete a Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) form
- electronically sign it and get your immigration representative to do so also
- upload it with your application
An immigration representative (an immigration consultant or lawyer) can give you advice and help you with your application for a fee. But they can’t
- open a portal account on your behalf
- electronically sign the application for you
- sign into the portal using your username and password
A representative can fill out forms and communicate with us on your behalf through their own account. They can also
- help you prepare the documents you need to upload
- answer questions about the forms
If you’re using the portal to fill out and upload your forms and supporting documents, a representative could help you with the application using screen-sharing technology.
After you read the declaration, you must be the one who types your name. This is the legal requirement for your application to be considered “signed,” according to Canada’s immigration law.
Electronically sign your application
- You must type your full name exactly as shown on your passport to electronically sign your application.
You need one photo for each person on your application.
Follow the instructions in the online application to scan and upload both sides of your photo.
Applying for an open work permit as a spouse or common-law partner in Canada
You can apply online for an open work permit after we send you an acknowledgement of receipt (AoR) for your online, in-Canada spousal application.
Find out how to submit your open work permit application.
Submitting your work permit application before you get your AoR
You may apply online for your work permit before you receive an AoR. However, if we find that your application for permanent residence isn’t complete, your work permit application may be refused.
The instruction guide for your immigration program will help you fill out the forms properly.
Provincial nominee program instruction guide (IMM EP7000) (opens in a new tab)
Atlantic immigration program instruction guide (IMM 0154) (opens in a new tab)
Rural and northern immigration pilot instruction guide (IMM 0118) (opens in a new tab)
Agri-food pilot instruction guide (IMM 0117) (opens in a new tab)
Sponsor your spouse, partner or children instruction guide (IMM 5289) (opens in a new tab)
Sponsor your parents or grandparents instruction guide (IMM 5772) (opens in a new tab)
Sponsor an adopted child instruction guide (IMM 5196) (opens in a new tab)
Quebec-selected skilled worker instruction guide (IMM EQ7000) (opens in a new tab)
Quebec-selected self-employed instruction guide (IMM 4500) (opens in a new tab)
Quebec-selected investors or entrepreneurs instruction guide (IMM 4000) (opens in a new tab)
Self-employed person (federal) instruction guide (IMM 4500) (opens in a new tab)
Start-up visa instruction guide (IMM 5759) (opens in a new tab)
Humanitarian and compassionate grounds instruction guide (IMM 5291) (opens in a new tab)
Protected persons and convention refugees instruction guide (IMM 5205) (opens in a new tab)
Temporary resident permit holder instruction guide (IMM 5527) (opens in a new tab)
Sponsor other relatives instruction guide (IMM 5196) (opens in a new tab)
Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot instruction guide (IMM 0104) (opens in a new tab)
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