Most Popular Topics on CIC.GC.CA

Citizenship and Immigration Canada maintains a section on their website called the Help Centre. Here you can find articles about all aspects of immigration and learn more about the process of coming to Canada.

If you already know what you need, say a Permanent Resident Card, you can quickly skip to the part you need to access.

Here we’ll briefly answer the most popular questions at the Help Centre.

How can I check the Status of my application?

Immigrant sponsors, immigrants or Permanent Residents can all check the status of their application online at the CIC’s website.

Who is a federal skilled worker?

Immigrants who are part of the Federal Skilled Worker program are permanent residents who were able to immigrate to Canada to work.

What is a complete application package?

A complete immigration application will have a properly filled out application, proper supporting documentation and a receipt for the appropriate payment.

If I apply today, will the processing times show how long it will take to finalize my application?

Processing times are guidelines. Your application may take more or less time depending on your situation.

How do I fill out an application?

Be absolutely sure to fill out every question on the application and to examine the instructions very closely. Each application is different.

How long will it take to process my application?

The length of time it will take to process your application is entirely dependent on what benefits you are applying for and whether or not you have any complications to your application.

How do I renew my PR Card?

You can renew your PR Card by mailing in Form IMM 5444 to the appropriate CIC office.

What are the requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen?

  • Permanent Residency.
  • Residency in Canada for 1,095 days of the past four years.
  • Proficiency in French or English.
  • Knowledge of Canadian government and history.
  • Able to take the Oath of citizenship.

What happens after I send in my application?

Your application will be examined by a Canadian immigration officer to see if it is complete first, if it is, it will then be assessed.

Do I need a visa to visit Canada?

Not everyone needs a visa to visit Canada. There is a list of countries whose citizens do not need to apply for a visa.

How can I find out about jobs in Canada?

Canada has three tools for immigrants to find jobs: job banks, labor market information from the government or the working in Canada tool.

What is a UCI?

A UCI (Unique Client Identifier) is the number that the CIC uses to identify you within their systems when you apply for immigration benefits.

How do I help a family member or friend apply to visit Canada?

Help a friend or family member into Canada by sending them a letter of invitation and encouraging them to apply with the Canadian Visa Office in their region.