My immigration or citizenship application
The basics of applying, such as your account, application status, finding forms, our offices, fees, and medical exams or police checks.
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Special measures are in place to help those affected by the wildfires, including free replacement of citizenship and immigration documents. Read the notice.
Services and information
Apply online, pay your fees, get your application status and check your messages
Get online updates for your application using basic personal details
Get the forms you need to apply to come to Canada, to apply for Canadian citizenship or to get a permanent resident card
How long it takes to process applications by type, country and how you applied (paper or online)
How to pay online or at a bank, based on what you applied for and where you are
How to change your address, depending on where you are and if you have an application in progress right now
Who needs to get a police certificate, and how and where to get one in the country where you live
Who needs to get a medical exam, and which doctors can do them in the country where you live
Visa application centres, visa offices outside and in Canada and where to send your application
Avoid becoming a victim of immigration fraud, such as marriage fraud, document fraud or email and internet scams
Hire a representative, file a complaint or authorize an unpaid third party to help with your application
What we are doing
- Operational bulletins and manuals
- Discover Canada
- Welcome to Canada
- English as a second language for adults (PDF, 4.18 MB)
Policies, acts and regulations
- Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act
- Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
- Citizenship Regulations
- Canadian Multiculturalism Act
Find quick and direct answers to your questions, including how to complete application forms, extend visas and permits and replace lost documents.
Determine your fees
Check the fee list to find out how much your immigration or citizenship application fees will be.
How to send a complete immigration application
Learn how to avoid common errors that can cause delays in processing your application to come to Canada.
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