Applying for Permanent Residence

To apply for permanent residence (PR) in Canada you must have received a positive devision from the IRB-RPD.

You can choose to apply online Sign in | Permanent Residence Portal or via mail.

For support through the PR process, contact a settlement agency in your region.  Ask a legal representative to review your PR application before submitting it to IRCC.

Gather and complete the required forms and documents

The following are the forms that must be filled out and submitted:

In addition to completed application forms for yourself, please submit the following for your dependent family members who you wish to accompany you and are currently residing outside of Canada:

Translate Documents

You must submit the following for any document that is not in English or French:

  • The English or French translation; and
  • An affidavit from the person who completed the translation (if they are not a certified translator)
  • A certified copy of the original document – this must be certified in Canada by a notary public, a commissioner of oaths, or a commissioner of taking affidavits

Pay fees

You must pay a processing fee when you submit your application for PR for yourself and all family members included in your application.

To pay your fees for your application you’ll need:

  • A valid email address to set up a login and password
  • Access to a printer (you’ll need to print the receipt), and
  • A credit card, Debit MasterCard® or Visa® Debit card.

Visit the link below and follow these instructions to pay:

  • Go to Online Payment 
  • Follow the online instructions.
    • At the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with a barcode. Print two copies.
    • Save a copy on to your computer
    • Email yourself a copy
    • Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application
    • Keep the other copies of the receipt for your records.

Biometrics

If you are required to give biometrics and you are applying from within Canada, you can go to a designated Service Canada location. Once you’ve paid the application and biometrics fees, you’ll get a biometric instructions letter (BIL), which will direct you to a list of biometric collection service points you may choose from. You must bring the BIL with you to the biometric collection service point. You cannot give your biometrics without this letter.

Give your biometrics as soon as possible after you get the BIL, as your application will not begin being processed until these are received.

Submit Application

Submit your application through the online portal.

If you prefer to apply for permanent residence by mail, applications should be submitted to the new Digitization Center at the addresses below.  

Mailing Address

Protected Persons in Canada application

Box 12153 STN A

Sydney, NS

B1P 0L1

Courier Address

Protected Persons in Canada application

3050 Wilson Avenue

New Waterford, NS

B1H 5V8

Please make copies of the application and documents to keep for your own records.

Next steps

If your application has been properly completed and includes all the required documents, a letter will be sent to you informing you of the decision on your case and what you must do next.

Currently, the finalization stage for your PR or landing is done online. You will receive an email with questions and instructions to confirm your permanent residency. Your PR card will arrive in the mail according to IRCC processing timelines, which do vary.

In less common situations, an interview may be arranged to verify or expand on information contained in your application. After you and your included family members in Canada and abroad have met immigration requirements, the immigration office will contact you to arrange a final interview. You will likely be given your PR status at that meeting.