Self-employed person: How to apply

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply. Find out where biometrics fits in the application process.

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

In most cases, your fees will include:

You have to pay your fees online.

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise, you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.

After you pay the biometrics fee with a complete application, we’ll send you a letter confirming that you need to give your biometrics and where you can go. You must show this letter when you give your biometrics.

You must give your biometrics in person. Make sure to book an appointment if this service is offered. Find a collection point close to you.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:

The instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you and show you how to pay them.

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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