Application for permanent residence: Federal skilled worker class (IMM 7000)
Step 1: Gather documents
What documents are required?
Use the Document Checklist (IMM 5612) to help you gather the necessary documents to submit your application to the CIO.
Required stepYou must also submit the documents listed on the visa office specific document checklist with your application.
To determine what documents you will need to provide, consult the Visa Office specific requirements (supporting documents) for your country at: www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/skilled-mission.asp
If you are not prepared to submit full documentation to the CIO do not apply now.
If you do not submit a complete application with the supporting documents, your application will be returned to you.
Important informationPolice certificates
All applicants must submit police certificates/clearances as part of the application process.
You and all of your family members who are 18 years of age and older and who are not already permanent residents or Canadian citizens will have to provide:
a valid police certificate, or
police clearance, or
record of no information.
These documents are to be provided for each country other than Canada, in which you have lived for six consecutive months or longer since reaching the age of 18.
Note: If you or your family members were under 18 years of age (16 years of age in certain jurisdictions) for the entire time you lived in a particular country, you do not need to provide a police certificate for that country.
Before submitting your application to the CIO, you should:
research the estimated length of time required to obtain police certificates from all of the applicable jurisdictions, and
begin to gather your police certificates.
We strongly recommend that you submit your police certificates with your application to the CIO. If you are unable to obtain all the necessary police certificates, you may still send your application to the CIO without them. However, please note that if your application is placed into processing you must be ready to submit them to the visa office when requested.
Consult our website for specific and up-to-date information on how to obtain police certificates from any country.
Note: If you are including your police certificates with your application to the CIO, please ensure that your certificates were not issued more than three months earlier. Police certificates are generally valid for 12 months from the date they are issued. However, if a final decision is not made on your application before the expiry of your police certificate, the visa office may request that you provide a new one.
If a certificate is not in English or French, submit both the certificate and the original copy of a translation prepared by an accredited translator.
Unless otherwise specified on our website, it is your responsibility to contact the police or relevant authorities unless otherwise specified on our website. When doing so, you may have to:
pay a fee for the service, and
provide information or documentation such as:
your addresses and periods of residence in the country or territory.
CIC will also do background checks to determine if there are grounds upon which you and your family members may be inadmissible to Canada.
Translation of documents
Any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by:
the English or French translation; and;
an affidavit from the person who completed the translation; and
a certified copy of the document.
Note: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document.Important information
Translations by family members are not acceptable.
Certified copies or notarized documents
To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:
“I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”
the name of the original document
the date of the certification
his or her name
his or her official position or title
his or her signature
Who can certify copies?
People authorized to certify copies include the following:
a commissioner of oaths
a notary public
a justice of the peace
a notary public
an officer of a court of justice
a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the person is living
Step 2: Complete the application
Filling out the application
Make one photocopy of the original forms.
Sign the original forms and send them to the CIO.
Keep this set for your personal records.
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the application forms.
The following are the forms that must be filled out and submitted for all applicants:
Application for Permanent Residence in Canada (IMM 0008-Generic)
Schedule 1: Background / Declaration (IMM 0008 – Schedule 1)
Schedule 3: Economic Classes – Federal Skilled Worker (IMM 0008 – Schedule 3)
Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)
Use of a Representative (IMM 5476), if applicable.
It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on these forms. The information you provide on your application may be subject to verification.
Be complete and accurate
Complete all sections. If any section is not applicable to you, write “N/A” (“Not applicable”). If your application is incomplete it will be returned to you, and processing will not begin. Do not leave any blanks.
Note: If you need more space for any section, use an extra sheet of paper on which you have indicated the number and/or letter of the section you are completing and submit it along with your application.