Apply online using the Permanent Residence Portal

Submit your applications for permanent residence (non-Express Entry).

If we approve your application, we’ll invite you to confirm your permanent resident status.

If you’re a representative, find out how you can create an account and submit applications on behalf of your clients.

Programs you can apply for in the portal
  • Agri-Food Pilot
  • Adopting a child through the immigration process
  • Atlantic Immigration Program
  • Community Sponsors to privately sponsor refugees
  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot
  • Home Support Worker Pilot
  • Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot
  • Family-based humanitarian program for Colombians, Haitians and Venezuelans
  • Groups of Five to privately sponsor refugees
  • Humanitarian and compassionate considerations within Canada
  • Permanent residence for in-Canada Ukrainian nationals with family members in Canada
  • Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents
  • Protected persons and Convention refugees in 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
  • Sponsorship Agreement Holders to privately sponsor refugees
  • Start-up visa
  • Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence

Instruction guides

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

Community Sponsors to privately sponsor refugees instruction guide (IMM 2201) (opens in a new tab) 

Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot instruction guide (IMM0139) (opens in a new tab) 

Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (Federal EMPP) instruction guide (IMM0196) (opens in a new tab) 

Groups of Five to privately sponsor refugees instruction guide (IMM 2200) (opens in a new tab) 

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

Humanitarian and compassionate grounds instruction guide (IMM 5291) (opens in a new tab) 

Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents instruction guide (IMM 5067) (opens in a new tab) 

Protected persons and convention refugees instruction guide (IMM 5205) (opens in a new tab) 

Quebec-selected investors or entrepreneurs instruction guide (IMM 4000) (opens in a new tab) 

Quebec-selected self-employed instruction guide (IMM 4500) (opens in a new tab) 

Quebec-selected skilled worker instruction guide (IMM EQ7000) (opens in a new tab) 

Rural and northern immigration pilot instruction guide (IMM 0118) (opens in a new tab) 

Self-employed person (federal) instruction guide (IMM 4500) (opens in a new tab) 

Sponsor your parents or grandparents instruction guide (IMM 5772) (opens in a new tab) 

Sponsor your spouse, partner or children instruction guide (IMM 5289) (opens in a new tab) 

Sponsorship Agreement Holders to privately sponsor refugees instruction guide (IMM 5413) (opens in a new tab) 

Temporary resident permit holder instruction guide (IMM 5527) (opens in a new tab) 

Permanent residence for in-Canada Ukrainian nationals with family members in Canada Instruction Guide (IMM 0189) (opens in a new tab) 

Permanent Residence Pathway for Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan Nationals instruction guide (IMM5991) (opens in a new tab) 

I need help with my PR Portal application

I want to apply for an open work permit as a spouse or common-law partner or conjugal partner.

When to apply for your open work permit

As of December 7, 2023, you can’t apply for your work permit through the PR Portal when you apply for permanent residence. If you submit your work permit application in the PR Portal, it won’t be accepted.

Find out how to submit your open work permit application

I’m having technical issues

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.

I need help filling out and signing forms

Digital 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 according to the instruction guide for the immigration program you're applying for.

How to sign forms

Hand signature (also called a wet signature): Print and sign the form by hand.

E-signature (also called an electronic signature): Type your full name or check a box as indicated. These are only on digital forms inside the portal.

Digital signature: Insert on PDF forms. You can type your name, use DocuSign or use secure signatures.

Check the instruction guide or document checklist if you’re not sure what signature a form needs.

Signing the finished application

You (the principal applicant) need to sign the consent and declaration to complete the online application. Your family members don’t need to sign it.

I need help creating a profile

When you start an application, we’ll ask you to fill out the My Profile section with your basic information first. This info will then automatically be added to your digital forms.

  • You can edit your basic information by clicking the top right corner on My Profile.
    • Any digital forms will automatically be updated.
  • You can’t edit basic information in the forms directly.
  • You can create as many dependant profiles as you need.
I 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:

  • paper
  • braille
  • large print

To request another format:

  1. Open a new email
  2. In the subject line of your email, include:
    • the format you need (paper, braille, or large print), and
    • the application package you want
  3. 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.
  4. Send your email to:

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).

I want to use an immigration representative

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:

  • open a portal account on your behalf
  • 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.

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