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Guide 1: Apply for Permanent Residence Express Entry

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Apply for Permanent Residence (Express Entry)

Under the Federal Programs , once you receive an Express Entry Invitations to Apply (ITA) , you will become eligible to apply directly to IRCC  for a permanent resident visa.

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WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Step 1: Submit your application online

You can only apply for permanent residence through Express Entry if you’ve received an invitation to apply.

Your Express Entry invitation to apply is valid for 60 days only. To apply, sign in to your account and click the link to apply for permanent residence under Express Entry.

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 and upload them.

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.

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

Step 2: Biometrics

During processing, you will be asked to submit your biometrics.

You and any member of your family between 14 and 79 years old need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) for permanent residence application you submit, even if you gave your biometrics in the past, and they’re still valid. You will be contacted to give your biometrics and you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to do it.

Permanent Residence Application
IRCC Application Fees:
Applicant: $850
Spouse: $850
Each child: $230
RPRF main applicant: $515
RPRF main spouse: $515
Biometrics: $85
(per person if applicable)  
Processing Time:
Approx. 10 months
Document Checklist:
Will be provided after ITA
immilib.com/EE-Signup2
Submit the application online
IRCC Express Entry Profile
immilib.com/EE-Signup2
Contact:
1-888-242-2100 (in Canada)
1-613-944-4000 (outside Canada)
Web Form:
immilib.com/web-form
Visa Office:
immilib.com/Visa-Offices
Official Program Guide:
immilib.com/PR-EE-Guide

If you apply for permanent residence and are in Canada, you may qualify for an exemption from having to give your biometrics.

In order to give biometrics you need to go to an official biometrics collection service point. You must give your biometrics in person.

Before you go, check the location’s website for its services and fees at (➨immilib.com/Biometrics). Depending on the location, you may need to make an appointment.

Step 3: Medical and Background Checks

After the assessment of your application based on the eligibility criteria of the program is completed, a decision is being made on your application based on the results of your medical exam, police certificates and background checks.

You and your family (and all your dependents, accompanying or not) must pass medical, criminal and security checks to receive permanent residence. If you or any of your dependents are found medically or criminally inadmissible, your application will be refused.

Medical Checks:

Instructions on how to get the medical exam done will be sent to you upon completion of selection based on the program’s eligibility criteria. You and your dependents must go for the medical exam within 30 days of receiving these instructions. Only an approved panel physician (➨immilib.com/PP) can do a complete medical exam for immigration reasons.

Background Checks:

Background check is a required procedure to verify your criminal and/or security background to ensure you are admissible to Canada. Criminality and Security together are background checks. Criminality check is performed by RCMP (Police Service of Canada), and Security by CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency).

Step 4: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

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