How to apply for Permanent Resident through Express Entry

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

1. Fill out the online form

Your Express Entry invitation to apply is valid for 60 days only. You should start filling out the online form right away so that you can get all the information and documents you need before your invitation expires.

Follow these steps to fill out the online form to apply for permanent residence:

When filling out the form:

  • all of your answers must be complete and true
  • make sure all the mandatory fields are completed or you won’t be able to submit your application
  • you can save your information on the form and go back as often as you need to

Fees

For your application: $1,040

Include your spouse: $1,040

Include a dependent child: $150

Processing time ?

 6 months

You may need to give biometrics with your application. This processing time includes the time you need to give your biometrics.

2. Scan and upload documents

The system gives you a personalized document checklist once you’ve completed all of the fields in the online form. Get all the documents that are on your checklist.

Translation of documents

If one of your documents is in a language other than English or French, you must also upload:

If a certified translator completed your translation:

  • the document must be stamped with the translator’s certification or registration number
  • you can indicate that you’re not providing an affidavit because a certified translator completed the translation (write a letter and scan it with your translated document)

Expiring passports

If your passport expires within 6 months from the day you apply, you should renew it. Then, update your new passport information in your application. This will ensure it is valid when we process your application.

Once you have your documents

Make electronic copies using a scanner or camera. Make sure you use one of the formats we accept.

Once you have your documents ready, upload them in your document checklist.

3. Pay your fees

Fees for Express Entry

Once you fill out all sections of the online form and upload your documents, the system will show you a list of fees you need to pay. This list includes the following:

  • processing fee for you and your family members
  • right of permanent residence fee
  • biometrics fee

Pay your fees through your online account. You’ll need a debit or credit card to do this.

At a minimum, you must pay your processing fees when you submit your application. Avoid delays by paying all of your fees now (including your right of permanent residence fee).

For details on how much you can expect to pay, check the fees list.

 

Refunds

If your application isn’t complete, we’ll tell you and refund your:

  • processing fee
  • right of permanent residence fee (if you’ve paid it)

We won’t refund the processing fee once we start processing your application.

 

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.

 

Paying fees after you apply

You can only pay through your account when you submit your application. You must pay in a different way if you:

4. Submit your complete application

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.

Before you submit your application, make sure you:

  • fill out all mandatory fields on the form
  • pay your processing fee and biometrics fee
  • include clear scans of all documents listed in your checklist

The system won’t let you submit the application unless you include all the required documents and fill out all the mandatory form fields.

How to update your information after you submit your application

After you submit your application, you can use this Web form if you need to report important changes about your application, such as

  • changes in address, telephone number, email or other contact information
  • births or deaths in your family
  • marriages or divorces
  • adoptions
  • changes to your job or job offer
  • a new educational credential
  • updated language test results

If your work permit is about to expire

If you’re already in Canada and your existing work permit is about to expire, you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. If you’re eligible, this permit can let you keep working while you wait for a final decision on your permanent residence application.

5. After you apply

We’ll make sure that you have:

  • filled out your application for permanent residence completely and correctly
  • paid your processing fee
  • met all the requirements
  • included all documents

We will contact you through your online account to:

  • tell you to give biometrics
  • confirm that we have reviewed your application
  • send you updates on the status of your application
  • ask you for more documents if necessary
  • set up an interview if necessary
  • tell you what you need to do and what will happen next

Get your fingerprints and photo taken

If you’re between 14 and 79 years old, you need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) for every application for permanent residence you submit to us. Even if you gave your biometrics in the past and they’re still valid.

  • You must pay the biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays.
  • Get this done as soon as you get the letter from us that tells you to give biometrics.
  • You have 30 days to do this from the date on the letter.

Find out who needs to givehow to give, and where to give your biometrics.

Processing times

We process most Express Entry applications in 6 months or less, after we get your complete application.

Avoid delays by updating your information. You can use this Web form if you need to report important changes about your application, such as:

  • changes in address, telephone number, email or other contact information
  • births or deaths in your family
  • marriages or divorces
  • adoptions
  • changes to your job or job offer
  • a new educational credential
  • updated language test results

 

Causes of processing delays

Your application will be delayed if:

  • we need to verify information
  • there are criminal or security problems
  • we need to do more background checks
  • your family situation isn’t clear, such as:
    • a divorce or an adoption that isn’t yet complete
    • child custody issues that haven’t been resolved
  • you need to submit more documents or go to an interview with us

Check your application status online

You can check the status of your application in your account. Under “View the applications you submitted,” click “Check messages and status.”

Verifying your information

If you aren’t truthful in your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, we may:

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason

Decision on your application

We’ll make a decision on your application based on:

  • whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the program
  • whether you’re admissible to Canada, based on the results of your:
    • medical exam
    • police certificates
    • background checks

When we make a decision on your application, we’ll let you know through your account.

If your application is rejected or refused

To be considered in future rounds of invitations, you will have to:

If your application is approved

Make sure to pay your Right of Permanent Residence fee, if you haven’t already.

Date modified: 2019-01-07 by IRCC
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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