How to Get a Residence Visa for Canada

Canada Residence Visa

Canada Residence Visa

Every year, Canada accepts applications of foreigners who want to live in Canada. The process requires a heavy dose of patience. Here are the steps below:

To view other kinds of Canadian visas, click here.

Find your consulate

Find your closest consulate (i.e. the consulate that services your jurisdiction.)

You will need to look under the third column in the table labeled “Applications for Temporary Resident Visas, Study Permits or Work Permits.”

See if you're qualified

Review the resources on the Foreign Credentials Referral Office’s website to find out the process for recognizing and assessing your qualifications and credentials in Canada.

Find the visa page

Normally, after you land on the consulate page, there will be a link somewhere on the page that says either “Immigrate” or “Visas and Immigration.” Find that link and click it.

Choose your immigration status

Choose which immigration program works best for you by reading the description of each type on the Canadian government website. Below are the main types:

  • Workers and professionals
  • Business immigration
  • Provincial nominees
  • Quebec-selected skilled workers and business people
  • Canadian experience class
  • Sponsoring your family
  • International adoption
  • Refugees
Find the visa applications

Look for a link that says something like “How to apply for a visa” and click on it.

Gather documentation

Follow the instructions: Gather the required documents/fees.

Submit materials

Submit your application to the consulate.

Receive your visa

Wait for a bit, and after a period of waiting time, your new Canadian visa will be ready. Congratulations!

After you get approved to enter Canada as a permanent resident, you will receive a Permanent Resident Card. This card used to be known as Landed Immigrant Status.

Vaccination information

Here is the latest information on any required vaccines for your stay in Canada.

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