Self-employed person: How to apply

You need to give your biometrics

You now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for permanent residence if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Find out who needs to give biometrics.

How to apply

Get the application package

The application package includes a guide and document checklist. Use the guide to help you fill out the forms correctly.

Include all the forms, information, documents, signatures, language test results and fees that we ask for. If any information is missing, your application will be incomplete and we’ll return it to you without processing it.

All of your answers must be complete and true. If we find that you misrepresented yourself (gave us false information or left out important details):

  • your application could be refused
  • you could be found inadmissible and
  • you could be barred for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason

Pay your application fees

When applying for permanent residence, you’ll have to pay these fees:

Processing fees

You must pay a processing fee for yourself and each family member that you listed on your application who will be joining you in Canada.

Check the fee list to see how much it will be.

If your application is complete, we’ll let you know and we’ll send your application to one of our offices for processing. Once we begin processing your application, we cannot refund your processing fee. Make sure you’re eligible before you apply.


You must include proof that you’ve paid your processing fee(s) with your application.

Find out how to pay your fees.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee

If we approve your application, you must pay this fee before you can become a permanent resident.

We’ll refund this fee if:

  • you cancel your application
  • we don’t approve your application or
  • you decide not to come to Canada

If your spouse or common law partner will be joining you in Canada you’ll need to pay a separate right of permanent residence fee before they can become a permanent resident.

Other fees

You may have to pay fees to third parties for:

Submit your application

To make sure you have a complete application, you must:

  • answer all questions
  • sign your application and all forms
  • pay your processing fees and attach a copy of the receipt to your application
  • include all the supporting documents

If you forget something, we’ll send your application back to you. You’ll have to fix any errors and resubmit it.

Mail your complete application to the address in the instruction guide.

Don’t send your application to any other processing centre or visa office.

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