Everything You Need to Apply for Permanent Residence in Canada

February 9, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) following an Express Entry draw is the best result you could hope for as a person trying to move to Canada. You then have a period of 60 days to submit an application for permanent residence. It is important that everything stated in this application is correct and that you have included all required documentation. This is to try and avoid having an unsuccessful application because of missing documentation or incorrect information. See below for our top 7 tips that make up the ultimate Express Entry checklist!

1. Education Documentation

If you have claimed any sort of qualification or degree on your Express Entry profile, you need to provide proof thereof. Due to the fact that Canada has its own standards with regards to education, you may be subject to an Educational Credential Assessment(ECA) if you have obtained your qualification or degree outside of Canada. In addition, if your transcripts are not in either of the official languages of Canada (English and French) you will need to have it translated.

2.Civil Status and Identity Documentation

This is an essential component of your application for permanent residence to Canada. You need to provide a clear, legible copy of the biographical data page of your passport or travel document to confirm that you are who you say you are. In addition, you will need to provide proof of your marital status.

3.Proof of Relative

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Having a relative who is a permanent resident in Canada is not a prerequisite for you to go forth with your application, but you do need to provide proof of your family member or relative in Canada if you have claimed points for this in your application. This proof needs to verify their Canadian permanent residence. If your relative is in Canada on any sort of temporary basis like a work or study visa, you cannot claim points for them on your Express Entry application.

4. Police Clearance

You and every one of your dependents over the age of 18 will need to acquire and provide proof of police clearance from any country they currently reside in or have resided in previously for a period of six months or more. It is important to note that police clearance is only valid for 12 months, so ensure that yours is valid within the time period you want to immigrate to Canada.

5. Language Test Results

The IRCC might request a copy of your language test results, even though they might have access to them. So just to be safe, make sure that you provide a copy of your test results which verifies your proficiency in either English or French. This is just to cover all your bases and to avoid any delays in the processing of your application.

6. Documents Relating to Work

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You will need a reference letter from every employer you have worked for in the last ten years. This is so the IRCC can verify that the National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes you have claimed are in fact a true representation of your work experience. If you have claimed to have Canadian work experience, you need to provide proof of this and also prove that you have paid your taxes.

7. Proof of Funds

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In order to be able to move to Canada, you will need to have a minimum amount of funds in your bank account. The specific amount fluctuates and is determined by the IRCC every year. This is to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and all of your dependent family members even if they are not moving with you.

Where We Come In

Trying to ensure your application for permanent residence is perfect, can be a very stressful process. However, with the help of our qualified and experienced RCIC’s at MDC, we can walk you through this process. Our services include double-checking your documents to ensure that everything is in order. Sign up today to start your journey to Canada!