ANNOUNCEMENTS/UPDATES

Canada’s immigration system continues to innovate and deliver better service - IRCC
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken great strides towards improving its clients’ service experience. A reduction in backlogs and processing times is a cornerstone of that work. On August 13, 2018, the Minister of IRCC highlighted some of the substantial improvements that IRCC has made over the past year. 
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A new way forward for some immigration application processing times - IRCC
On July 31, 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began using an improved method to estimate processing times for some new permanent residence applications.
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Canada expands its biometrics screening program - IRCC
The Government of Canada is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians and to the integrity of our immigration system. On July 31, 2018, all nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence.
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The only official study guide for the citizenship test is Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. Other tools, like the Citizenship Quiz found on this website, are not created by the Government of Canada, and should be used at your own discretion.

Online Citizenship Quiz

It took courage to move to a new country. Your decision to apply for citizenship is another big step. Test yourself by taking our online Canadian citizenship quiz.

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Online Quiz

IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS


Landing Paper

Your Record of Landing is your original proof of immigration. Please keep in mind the following points about this document:

1. Immigration officer has signed and dated it
2. Information is correct and complete
3. Keep the document safe forever





Landing Paper

If you find wrong information on your landing document, contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at 1-888-242-2100 or visit IRCC: Record of Landing.


If you lost your Record of Landing, fill out the Verification of Status application to replace it.

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Permanent Resident Card

After landing, your first Permanent Resident card (PR Card) will be mailed to you. There are a few things you should know:

1. Prepare a Canadian address for where your PR Card should be mailed
2. The PR card is official proof that you are a permanent resident of Canada.
3. The PR card is a travel document. You need to show a valid PR card when returning to Canada.

Permanent Resident Card

If there is a mistake on your PR card, contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) within 180 days of landing. For more information, please visit IRCC: Request to Reissue .

Your PR card is valid for 5 years. If your PR card is damaged, stolen or about to expire or has expired, you may apply for a new card. For more information, please visit IRCC: PR Application

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Citizenship

You can apply for Canadian citizenship once you have met the physical residence requirements as a Permanent Resident: 3 years living in Canada in the past 5 years. Here are some things you should know:

1. Applicants aged 18 to 54 must pass a Canadian knowledge test
2. Time spent as a temporary resident or protected person may be counted as half-days towards physical residence (up to 1 year)

Citizenship

Application forms for Adults and minors are different

Usually, minors under 18 must apply alongside a parent who is also applying, or have a Canadian parent apply for them. Minors - Subsection 5(1) allows for exception to these conditions.

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We can help

Our settlement counselors can help you:

  • Job searching
  • Finding a place to live
  • Language assessment
  • Daily life
  • Fill out forms and applications
  • Learn about government benefits and community resources
  • Other services
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Useful Links

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    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Link

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    Check your application status at IRCC’s website Link

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    Check application processing times at IRCC’s website Link

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    Find application forms and guides at IRCC’s website Link