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.

Online applications

Apply online for these permanent immigration programs:

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).

Other applications

You can apply online or on paper for some permanent immigration programs:

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)

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

For family sponsorship applications only

The sponsor must

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

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:

  • 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).

Technical issues

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

If you need to upload a number of images, find out how to combine them into 1 document.

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. 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 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.

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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