On the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website, you can find all the information you need to prepare an application for sponsorship, citizenship, work permit, or humanitarian consideration.
Attention: It is important to note that for immigration applications for permanent or temporary workers, investors or business classes, private sponsorship of refugees as well as students, you must first complete the selection process by Québec before you can file an immigration application. In that perspective, all the necessary information is available on the website of the Ministère de l’immigration, de la Diversité, de l’Inclusion du Québec.
You can track your application by checking processing times on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada portal or by calling 1-888-242-2100 (automated 24 hour service, but an agent is available between 8:00 am and 4 pm from Monday to Friday).
To assist a family member or friend in applying for a visitor visa or to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (EAV), you can consult « Visit Canada as a tourist » or refer to the «Applying for visitor visa guidelines » intended for visa or supervisa applicants.
As visitor visas application decisions are final and not subject to appeal, it is strongly suggested that the guide be read in order to meet all requirements in the preparation of the application and include all supporting documents mentioned in the invitation and intention letters of the applicant (the person who wishes to come to Canada).
For any specific questions or practical tips to help your visitor create an exemplary application, do not hesitate to contact us.
Important: Since November 2016, it is now prohibited for a Canadian resident or citizen to use a foreign travel document to enter Canada. Make sure you have a valid Canadian permanent residence card on your return trip to avoid problems with the Canada Border Services Agency.
Application for citizenship
In order to obtain Canadian citizenship, application must be made under certain conditions. The « Become a Canadian citizen» portal indicates the eligibility criteria and the procedures to follow.
Most applicants have to undergo a citizenship test. Considering the importance of this step, it is strongly suggested to consult « Prepare for the citizenship test ».