Some immigration applicants can now apply online

You may be able to use a new online application to apply for some permanent immigration programs:

To try it, sign in or create a Permanent residence online application 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)

PDF forms

You and any family members coming with you to Canada must fill out the PDF forms below according to the instruction guide for the immigration program you're applying for.

You must download, complete, digitally sign, and upload all the forms you need for your application.

Do not print and scan any of these forms.

For all programs

For family sponsorship applications only

The sponsor must
Submitting forms that someone else needs to sign

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

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.

Technical issues

If you’re having technical issues with the permanent residence online application portal, contact us using the web form

Immigration representatives

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

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

A representative can fill out forms and communicate with us on your behalf through their own account. They can also

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 and clicks the “submit” button. This is the legal requirement for your application to be considered “signed,” according to Canada’s immigration law.

Electronically sign your application

Photo specifications

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’t apply for your open work permit online when you submit your in-Canada spousal application online. Find out how to submit your open work permit application.

Instruction guides

The instruction guide for your immigration program will help you fill out the forms properly.

Rural and northern immigration pilot instruction guide (IMM 0118) (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) 

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) 

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) 

Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot instruction guide (IMM 0104) (opens in a new tab) 

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