Immigrate through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot: After you apply
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- How we process your application
- Getting your permanent resident status
How we process your application
Once we receive your Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) application, we’ll review it in 2 stages.
While your application is being processed, you must tell us if you change your address or contact information.
Stage 1: We check that all required forms are included
In this phase, we’ll review your application to make sure all of the required forms were signed and included. We won’t be reviewing to make sure all supporting documents are also included.
If all the required forms were signed and included, we’ll email you (or your representative) an acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) that includes your application number. This confirms that we added your application to our system.
If any forms are not signed or are missing, we’ll email you (or your representative) to let you know that your application isn’t complete and the reasons why. We’ll tell you if you can send us the missing documents, or if you need to resubmit your application. We won’t add your application to our system and you won’t receive an AOR.
Stage 2: We review if you’re eligible and admissible to Canada
If all your forms are signed and included, we’ll begin processing your application.
We’ll review your application to see if you’re eligible for the EMPP first. We do this to make sure you can access the facilitation measures the EMPP offers for your immigration program application.
You may need to attend an interview to provide more information. This also applies to any family members who will be coming with you to Canada. If we ask you to come for an interview, we’ll tell you the date, time, location, and what documents to bring with you. You and your family members must give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) at this interview.
If you are eligible for the EMPP, we’ll continue processing your application.
If you aren’t eligible for the EMPP, we’ll let you know. If you’re still interested in immigrating to Canada, you can complete and submit a new application. You’ll need to show how you are eligible for the program you choose to apply to, without the EMPP.
Permanent residence eligibility
If you meet the EMPP requirements, we’ll review your application to make sure you’re eligible for the economic immigration program you applied to.
If you are eligible for the program you applied to, we’ll review your application to make sure you’re admissible.
Admissibility to Canada
Once we confirm you’re eligible for the program, we’ll review your application to make sure you’re admissible to Canada. This means we’ll check to make sure you pass
- a medical exam
- security checks
- criminality checks
At this point, you and any family members coming with you to Canada must complete immigration medical exams. You should only do your medical exams when we ask you to. When we ask you to complete your exams, we’ll send you the following:
- medical forms for you and any family members you include in your application
- instructions about finding a doctor in your area who is authorized to do immigration medical exams
Reasons your application could be delayed
Your application could be delayed if
- your contact information is missing or out-of-date
- your application is incomplete
- the documents you send us
- are unclear or don’t meet specifications
- don’t have a certified English or French translation
- there are any criminal or security problems, or we need to do more background checks
- your family situation isn’t clear or has changed and you didn’t let us know (this could include a divorce, an adoption that isn’t complete or child custody issues that haven’t been resolved)
- the processing office has to contact other IRCC offices in or outside Canada to confirm the information you provided
- you don’t include your application number when you contact us
- there are any issues getting an exit permit for the country you’re living in
Getting your permanent resident status
If we approve your application, we’ll issue you (and your family members, if applicable):
- a visa for travel to Canada or a single journey travel document that will allow you travel to Canada (if you don’t have a valid passport), and
- a confirmation of permanent residence (COPR)
Make sure you pay your right of permanent residence fee (if you haven’t already). You can either pay this fee yourself or apply for a loan to cover this cost.
If you told us on your application that you would like the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to arrange your transportation to Canada, we’ll let the IOM know. They’ll contact you directly with more information.
If the country you live in requires you to get an exit permit, you must apply and pay for this before you can leave for Canada.
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