How to apply

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Step 1. Prepare to apply online

Make sure you’re eligible to apply before you submit an application.

Deadline to apply

We’ll accept applications under this public policy until October 22, 2024.

If you can’t apply online and require accommodations

If you, or your representative can’t apply online and require accommodations, including for a disability, you can ask for the application in an alternative format.

After we review your request, we’ll send you the application package in one of these formats:

  • paper
  • braille
  • large print

Find out how to request accommodations.

Digital forms

You’ll fill out these digital forms online for yourself, and any family members 18 or older

PDF forms

You must fill out and upload these forms to your account.

Complete and sign these PDF forms, if they apply to you

These forms need to be filled out, printed and then signed by hand by the principal applicant and the third party. Upload the forms to your account.

Tips for downloading and filling out PDF forms

Using an immigration representative

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

A representative can:

You can use either an:

Find out more about representatives.

If you want to appoint someone to do business with us on your behalf, you must:

A representative can’t:

After you complete your application and 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.

Release of information to someone other than an immigration representative

If you want to allow us to release information from your application to someone other than yourself who will not act as your representative you must:

Step 2. Apply online

Sign in or create a Permanent residence online application portal account (opens in a new tab) .

From the list, select the program under which you are applying:

From the list, select the category under which you are applying:

The Instruction Guide (IMM 0189), will help you fill out the forms properly.

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

Technical issues

If you’re having technical issues applying, contact us using the web form:

Photo specifications

You need one photo for each person on your application.

Show the photo specifications to your photographer to make sure your photos meet our requirements.

Follow the instructions in the online application to scan and upload both sides of your photo.

Pay your application fees

Your fees include:

You have to pay your fees online.

When you finish, you must save your receipt and upload it to your account.


You and your family members may need to give your fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) at a biometric collection service point.

Find out if you need to give biometrics.

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 to tell you how and where to give your biometrics.

Step 3. Submit your online application

Before you submit your application, make sure you:

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