Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC.GC.CA) is the Canadian governmental body that deals with immigration issues including, but not limited to:
- Non-immigrant and immigrant applications.
- Citizenship applications.
- Multiculturalism policy.
- Immigration policy.
- Immigration enforcement.
Below are some of the more popular Immigration forms in Canada.
The Application for a Permanent Resident Card is known as IMM 5444. Applying for Permanent Residency should come before applying for the Permanent Resident Card itself.
The PR Card is used as a national identification card for immigrants in Canada and it is indispensable when travelling abroad since it allows immigrants to return to Canada seamlessly.
Permanent Residents of Canada who wish to travel abroad for extended periods of time or without their Permanent Resident Card should use this application to apply for a Travel Document.
Permanent Resident Cards allow immigrants in Canada to enter into the country easily and freely, but if you happen to lose the card while abroad you can apply for with this form as well.
IMM 5009 is the immigration document for a request for verification of status. You can use this form to confirm your immigration status in Canada if there is no other way to identify yourself or if you cannot find your other immigration documents.
The following are documents that immigrants can apply for with this form:
- IMM 0056, Certificate of Departure;
- IMM 1000, Immigrant Visa and Record of Landing;
- Either IMM 5292 or IMM 5688, Confirmation of Permanent Residence;
- Either IMM 1097 or IMM 1442, Visitor Record;
- Either IMM 1102 or IMM 1442, Work Permit;
- Either IMM 1208 or IMM 1442, Study Permit;
- IMM 1214, Exclusion Order;
- IMM 1215, Deportation Order;
- IMM 5238, Departure Order;
- IMM 1263, Permit to Come Into or Remain in Canada; or
- IMM 1203, Authorization to Return to Canada.
The Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay or Remain in Canada as a Visitor or Temporary Resident Permit Holder, IMM 5708, is used by non-immigrants in Canada so that they can continue to stay in the country.
There are two general reasons for why a person may want to do this:
- To stay longer in Canada. Visitors may decide that they want to keep touring Canada past the date stamped on their visa. In which case they may use this form.
- To change one’s status. When one enters Canada on a visa, that visa become invalid if their intent changes. Say a tourist decides that they want to now study in Canada. If this happens they will have to change their status.
Permanent Residents who have lived in Canada for long enough can then use CIT 0002 to apply for citizenship.
After taking a test in either French or English and in the history and culture of Canada, potential citizens will take the oath of citizenship.
With citizenship residents of Canada are entitled to the full rights and protections afforded by the government. Citizens cannot be deported unless it is discovered that they received citizenship fraudulently.