Before applying for a permanent residence in Canada, there are things you must know that would guide your application process:

  • What to do before applying
  • Compile your documents
  • Start and complete your application
  • Pay your application fee
  • Send your application
  • Next action


The first thing to do before applying for a permanent residence In Canada is to check your eligibility status. Not every applicant stands a chance of getting the permanent residence permit which is why you must check and be sure that you are eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit.

To start the process, you must first apply to the provincial nominee class (PNC) the PNC allows provinces and territories to nominate and select healthy immigrants, with good educational background and years of working experience that would add positively to the growth of the economy. The province that an applicant is seeking permanent residence will select applicants that will not be a social or economic burden to the province or territory. Once you’ve been nominated by any of the ten provinces, you can then go ahead to submit your application. each province and territories have their application and nomination procedure.

It is important to note that the province or territory you are applying for those not in any way give financial support, hence you have to be properly informed on the exchange rate and cost of living in the country and province you are applying for in order so you make enough provision that would make you’re settling down easy and a lot faster.

Immigrating to Canada requires a lot of preparation and planning as you may need to get a job after settling in. this is the point where you need to plan, network get skills, and accreditation that will put you in a better position in getting a job. If your credentials have been assessed successfully, you will be given a license to practice your profession.
Each province has its system and pattern of employment, you are advised to generally research on the province you are applying for.


The different documents will be requested at different stages during your application process. Such documents include

  • Passport
  • Language test result
  • Provincial nomination (if any)
  • Written job offers by an employer (if any)
  • Proof of fund
  • Education credentials
  • Medical exam
  • Police report

Proof of funds is requested to ensure that the applicant has enough funds to settle down properly in Canada.
A police report is requested to ensure that the province does not accept immigrants with criminal record or applicants that tend to put the security and safety of the citizens of the province at risk.
The medical exam shows the health history and status of everyone in your family.


When filling out your application form you have to be complete, truthful, and accurate. If your application is incomplete or the details therein are not true, your application will be sent back to you.

  • The forms to be filled include
  • Generic application form for Canada
  • Dependent declaration
  • Background declaration
  • Economic classes—provincial nominee
  • Additional family information
  • Supplementary information—your travels
  • Declaration of common-law/spouse if any
  • Document checklist. Etc.


The processing fee is usually $225 and $500 for the right of permanent residence fee. It is always advisable that you pay your fees immediately as the processing fee must be included with your application. Dependents and protected persons are exempted from paying the right of permanent residence fee.
The fee for biometric is $85 for an individual and $175 for more than two persons usually family members, applying at the same time. If you do not pay your complete fee, your application will be returned to you. When your fee is complete, then they will commence processing your application. In a situation where you pay an excess of the amount you are supposed to pay, the excess amount will be refunded back to you automatically.
Before you pay your application, you are expected to have a valid email, a credit card, or a Canadian debit card and have access to a printer, to print out your receipt as proof payments.
Other additional fees will be made known to you if applicable to you.


Your application can be sent through regular mail or courier. In the mail, include your application form, supporting document, and proof of fee payment in a 9 by 12 envelope. Ensure that your form is signed and dated properly, if you are under 18 your form must be signed by one of your parents or your legal guardian. Note that if your application is not properly dated and signed, it will be returned to you. Do not forget to include the page of your unique bar code if you filled your application online.


If you meet all the application requirements, your application will go under processing. This is the stage where you will be given some basic instruction, a file number, and further processing step.
In the processing stage, all the information you provided will go through a thorough review and assessment against the province’s current immigration and selection standards.

Every member of your family must undergo a medical examination to ensure that you or any member of the family does not require serious and constant medical or social service attention.
Delays might occur during the processing period as a result of

  • Criminal problem
  • Incomplete medical report
  • Unclear photocopies of your document
  • Further verification and consultancy on the information you provided.

Once your application is successful, you will receive immediate status as the permanent residence of Canada with the ability to live, study, and work in Canada. You also will have social benefits that are accorded to Canadian citizens but if you or any member of your family is involved in a crime, you or your whole family stand a chance of being deported back to your home country.

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