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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Study Permits

2. Work Permits

3. Visitors and Temporary Residents

4. Immigrants

5. Permanent Residents


1. Study Permits

General

I have received an approval letter for my study permit application from the Embassy. Is this letter my study permit?
No, this letter is not your study permit. This is a letter of introduction informing you that your application for a study permit has been approved. Your actual study permit will be issued at the port of entry upon arrival in Canada. Therefore, ensure that you show this letter to an officer at the port of entry when you first arrive in Canada.

I am planning to study in Canada for three or four months. Can I still apply for a study permit?
Yes.

Custodian

What is a custodian and what documents do I have to prepare for custodianship?
A custodian is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident designated by parents to provide care and be responsible for their minor child while s/he studies in Canada. For more information on custodians and custodian documents, please see Studying in Canada: Study permits—Minor children.

My parents are divorced and I do not know where my father/mother is living now. Therefore, I cannot provide parental consent from him/her. What should I do?
You should have the parent you live with give us a signed statement explaining that your father/mother cannot be contacted for his/her consent. Make sure that the statement is included in your application and that the Family Census Register or court documents show that the parent you live with is the person with parental authority over you.

Funds

Is there minimum requirement for financial assets for a study permit? How much?
The guideline used by officers in assessing financial ability is $10000 (Canadian) for one year of living expenses plus tuition and other related education expenses. They also expect to see $4000 (Cdn) for each accompanying dependent for living expenses. This amount can be a combination of officially proved income and savings with a stable history of at least three months. This is a guideline only, since financial requirements do vary with each case and will have to be assessed individually by an officer.

Please be aware that borrowing money from a friend or outside source is not acceptable. If you misrepresent your actual financial status by borrowing funds your application will be refused and you may be barred from entry to Canada for 2 years.

The Province of Quebec

I am going to study ESL in a private language institute in Quebec. Am I required to submit a CAQ?
If the program of study is longer than six months, a CAQ is required regardless of whether or not the institution is a diploma / degree granting institute or a private language institute.

I intend to study in the province of Quebec. Where can I find information about obtaining a CAQ?
Please see Quebec's immigration Web site: Foreign students. Your school will also have information about applying to study in Quebec.

Accompanying Parents/Family Members

I am a parent of two children. The elder child (school aged) wants to go to school in Canada. I want to accompany him/her to Canada and take my younger one (preschool aged) with me as well. I am preparing a study permit application for my elder child and a temporary resident visa application for myself. What kind of application form and fee should I prepare for my younger child?
You should submit a separate TRV application for your younger child, his/her original passport and temporary resident visa processing fee along with your passport and fee. You must also provide notarized consent from the non-accompanying parent for your children.

Can a grandmother or grandfather apply for a temporary resident visa (TRV) as an accompanying adult, instead of a parent of a minor who applies for a study permit?
We do not issue temporary resident visas to family members other than parents accompanying students on a study permit.

My children are accompanying me and I have a study permit. Are they eligible to attend a public school in Canada without paying international student fees?
Many Canadian school boards do not charge international fees from children who are accompanying a parent who is studying or working in Canada. However, you should check with the school board in the area where you will be living to find out what their regulations are.

Refusal

I do not understand why my application was refused.
The officer has indicated the reasons for the refusal on the refusal letter. If you believe your circumstances have changed or you have new information, you can submit a new application.

My application for a study permit has been refused. Can I get a refund of the processing fee that I paid?
No. Processing fees are not refunded, whether or not the application is approved or refused.

Extension

Can I extend a student visa in Ankara?
Yes. Just follow the instructions for a study permit. You should submit a photocopy of your passport showing all entry/exit stamps. Make sure that you also submit an academic transcript and a certificate of enrolment (indicating the period of your previous attendance) issued by the Canadian school along with all other required documents for a study permit.

I applied for an extension of my study permit in Canada and have returned to Turkey without receiving any result. I hold a permit which is valid for a short time after my return to Canada. Can I re-enter Canada on the current permit?
You were in Canada as a Temporary Resident (TR) with a study permit. When you left Canada, you ceased to be a TR. If your study permit is still valid, you may present yourself at the port of entry with that study permit. If you satisfy the officer there that you meet the requirements for temporary residence, you will be permitted to re-enter Canada and continue studying on your valid permit.

I applied for an extension of my study permit in Canada and returned to Turkey before I received any answer. My current permit has expired. Will I have any problem re-entering Canada?
The officer at the port of entry may refuse you entry to Canada as you do not hold a valid study permit or other authorization for study in Canada. We recommend that you make an application here for a new study permit before you leave for Canada.

Can I check the status of my application in Canada here at the embassy?
Yes. Please submit a written request asking about the status of the application in Canada and attach a copy of the current permit.

Changing/Extending Status in Canada

I have a friend/relative living in Canada. Can I apply for a study permit from inside Canada while visiting them on a visitor/tourist visa?
No. You must apply for a study permit outside of Canada and before entering Canada.

Can I extend a visitor visa in Canada if I am planning to study for less than six months but want to stay and travel afterwards?
Yes. Just follow the instructions for making an application to extend or vary the conditions of a temporary resident visa on the Web site Immigration applications inside Canada

Miscellaneous

I am not Turkish and I would like to apply for a study permit. Are there any additional documents which I should include with my application?
You have to include all of the documents listed on our application checklist. I am unable to tell you right now if any additional documents will be required or what they would be. Once an officer has reviewed your application, further documents may be requested. You may also require a temporary resident visa. Please refer to the list of countries which require this visa at our website: Countries and territories whose citizens require visas in order to enter Canada as visitors
If you do require a visa, please ensure that you submit your original passport with your application for a study permit. The cost of the visa is included in the cost of your study permit. There is no need to submit the temporary resident visa fee.

I have decided to change schools after receiving my study permit approval letter from the Embassy. Do I have to apply for a new study permit?
If your program of study is at the post-secondary level, you do not need to re-apply. But if you are a primary or secondary school student changing schools, you need to apply for a new study permit.

On the bottom of my study permit it says "This does not authorize re-entry". What does that mean?
It means that the permit does not give the holder any right to enter Canada and that the holder may still be examined by an officer at a port of entry.


2. Work Permits

General

Who is allowed to work in Canada without a work permit?
For certain persons and certain work situations, a work permit is not required. See Working temporarily in Canada: Jobs that do not require a work permit for information.

Do I need an Economic Effect Determination (HRSDC confirmation) for my intended position?
With only a few exceptions, your job offer must be accompanied by an Economic Effect Determination (confirmation) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Go to Working temporarily in Canada: Jobs that require a work permit but no labour market opinion to see if your work is in a category that is exempt from Confirmation.

Do I Need a Work Permit?

- Volunteers and Charitable Workers

I am going to work in Canada as a charitable or religious worker. Do I need a work permit? Do I need HRSDC confirmation?
Yes, you require a work permit, however, you do not require HRSDC confirmation. Charitable or religious workers are exempt from payment of the work permit application fee.

I would like to work in Canada as a volunteer. Can I work without a permit?
It depends on the nature of the work you intend to do. A volunteer who will not be paid by a Canadian organization or employer may be work permit exempt. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify as a volunteer, you may submit an application for a work permit. An officer will make an assessment of your individual case.

- Academic

I am a professor at a university in Turkey and I am going to spend my sabbatical year in Canada conducting research at a CanadianUniversity (or other academic/research institution). What type of authorization do I need?
You require a work permit, however, you are exempt from HRSDC confirmation. Please provide a copy of your Ph.D. and a letter from your university indicating that you will be reinstated to your current position upon your return. Please also provide information about any funds you will receive in order to support your stay in Canada.
Note that if you have and accompanying dependent who is school-aged should apply for an open study permit.

I am an academic and I have won a scholarship or bursary to conduct research at a Canadian academic or research institution. Do I require a work permit?
Yes, you require a work permit. If you are the named "direct" recipient of a the scholarship, then you do not require HRSDC confirmation. If you will be paid out of another researcher's scholarship, then HRSDC confirmation may be required.

I am a researcher but I am not working at an academic institution in Turkey and I do not have a Ph.D. I would like to conduct research at a Canadian institution and will be paying my own expenses while in Canada. Do I require a work permit?
Persons who are doing self-funded research may meet the definition of a business visitor and thus be eligible to work without a permit. See Temporary Foreign Workers Guidelines (FW) to find out more about business visitors.

I have been offered a post-doctoral fellowship in Canada. What type of authorization do I need?
If you are admitted to a Canadian university for doctoral studies you need a study permit. If you already have a doctorate - or are about to defend your thesis or dissertation - and have been offered a post-doctoral fellowship, you need a work permit. This type of offer does not have to be confirmed by a federal government employment office. You can apply directly to the Canadian Embassy. You must include proof that you have obtained your doctorate or that a date has been set for your thesis defence.

Intra-company Transfer

My company is transferring me to our branch/subsidiary in Canada. Do I need a work permit?
Yes, you require a work permit. You may also be HRSDC confirmation exempt if you will fill a position at the senior managerial level, or if you have specialized knowledge required for the operation of the Canadian branch of the business. To qualify for HRSDC exemption, you must demonstrate that you have been continuously employed for a period of at least 1 year during the last 3 years in a similar position for the company that plans to transfer you to Canada.

- Dependents of Work Permit Holders

I am applying for a work permit and I have a school-aged dependent child who will accompany me to Canada. I would like my child to study at a Canadian school. What authorization do I need?
If you plan to enrol your dependent child in primary or secondary school in Canada, your child should apply for an "open" study permit at the same time that you apply for your work permit.

I have a work permit or study permit for Canada. I would like my spouse or common-law partner to come with me or join me in Canada. What status will he or she have? Can he or she get a work permit?
Your spouse or common-law partner will have temporary resident status (visitor status) for the duration of your authorized stay so long as he or she meets the conditions for admission to Canada.

The spouse or common-law partner of a study permit holder can obtain a work permit under certain conditions. See Studying in Canada: Work permits for students for more information.

The spouse or common-law partner of a work permit holder can obtain a work permit under certain conditions. See Working temporarily in Canada: Jobs that require a work permit but no labour market opinion for more information.

If these conditions apply, the application can be submitted either to the Canadian Embassy abroad or once your spouse or common-law partner is in Canada.

Working in Quebec

I am going to work in Quebec. Are there any special requirements?
Yes, you may be required to obtain a Certificat d'acceptation due Quebec (CAQ) - Quebec certificate of acceptance - issued by the Province of Quebec. Your employer will assist you in obtaining one. Note that if you will be working in a category of work that is HRSDC exempt, you are also exempt from the requirement for a CAQ.


3. Visitors and Temporary Residents

Why have I been refused a visitor visa? Can I have an interview with an officer?
No. The refusal letter describes the various reasons for refusal of visitor visas. If you have a specific question, please submit it in writing by fax, mail or drop box. You should also review the instructions you were given with your application and make sure that you provided all the required documents. If you did not, you may want to make a new application and include the new information.

I had a problem at the port of entry in Canada (e.g. detention, deportation, removal order, exclusion order, allowed to leave...). Do I need a Temporary Resident Permit or Authorization to Return before I will be permitted entry to Canada?
An officer will need to review your request. Please submit it in writing with your full name, date of birth, passport number, and contact information.

My passport is valid for 3 months. I only want to stay in Canada for a few days. Is it OK?
Yes. Canadian immigration law specifies that your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Canada. However, it is the policy of many airlines not to board passengers whose passport validity is less than six months. 

4. Immigrants

General

I wish to apply for permanent residence. Must I hire a consultant to represent me?
It is not necessary to hire a consultant or lawyer to help you complete your application. Every effort has been made to make the process simple and straightforward. You will find all the forms and instructions on our website. The Government of Canada treats everyone equally, whether they use the services of a representative or not. If you do chose to use a representative, this person may only represent you if they are an authorized representative. Immigration representatives for information on who may represent you.

Can a third person check the status of my application?
We have to respect the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act of Canada which limit the release of personal information to the applicant or to persons specifically authorized by the applicant to receive information about their application. Authorized persons must be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada who is residing in Canada at the time of the request for information.

What is a “common-law partner?”
A “common-law partner” means an individual who is cohabiting with the principal applicant in a conjugal relationship, who has cohabited in such a relationship for a period of at least one year.

What family members may accompany me to Canada when I immigrate?
Under Canada's immigration law, family member means the spouse or common-law partner of the person; a dependent child of the person or of the person's spouse or common-law partner; and a dependent child of a dependent child. Only the above family members may accompany you to Canada as part of your application for permanent residence. Note that the applicant's parents are not considered family members for the purposes of an immigration application.

Who is considered a “dependent child?”
A “dependent child”, in respect of a parent, means a child who is the biological child or the adopted child of the parent; and

  • is less than 22 years of age and not a spouse or common-law partner, or
    • has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since before the age of 22 -- or if the child became a spouse or common-law partner before the age of 22, since becoming a spouse or common-law partner -- and, since before the age of 22 or since becoming a spouse or common-law partner, as the case may be, has been a student continuously enrolled in and attending a post-secondary institution that is accredited by the relevant government authority, and actively pursuing a course of academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis, or )
    • is 22 years of age or older and has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since before the age of 22 and is unable to be financially self-supporting due to a physical or mental condition Note that children 22 years of age or older must have been enrolled in and attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution on a continuous basis since the age of 22. Any gaps in study may render the child ineligible.

I want to go to Canada as a skilled worker. Where can I find information to help me find work and settle in Canada?
The following websites may be useful in researching employment and settlement in Canada:
Skilled workers and professionals
Going to Canada

Am I required to submit an IELTS result when I submit my application?
Proof of your claimed language ability must be submitted with your application. Acceptable proof may be provided in two ways: results of an IELTS test or other written evidence of your language ability. An IELTS test result will represent definitive proof of your language ability, while other written evidence will be assessed by an officer to determine whether or not it adequately supports your claimed language ability. If written evidence other than in IELTS test is submitted, you may later be requested to undergo an IELTS test or submit further evidence of your language ability if the officer is not satisfied with the written evidence submitted with your application. This will delay processing of your application. Interviews will not be conducted to assess language ability; only IELTS test results or other written evidence will be considered in assessing language ability. If you claim no ability in English or French, no proof of language ability is required with your application. (Note: the requirement to submit proof of language ability applies to skilled worker and business class applications.)

Sponsorship

I am a Canadian citizen living in Turkey. Can I sponsor my spouse or common-law partner for permanent residence in Canada while I am in Turkey?
If you are not a Canadian citizen, you cannot sponsor if you live outside Canada. You must live in Canada at the time you submit a sponsorship. If you are a Canadian citizen, you may sponsor a spouse, a common-law partner or dependent children who have no dependent children of their own from outside Canada. You must reside in Canada when the family member you sponsor becomes a permanent resident.

You must reside in Canada when the family member you sponsor becomes a permanent resident. Sponsoring your family for more information on sponsoring family members.

Where is it possible to get the medical forms to do the medical examination?
For applications in the Family Class, but only as the spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child of a sponsor, the Canadian Embassy does not provide medical forms. Your sponsor should provide you with the form found in Appendix D - PDF * (283 KB) of the sponsorship kit. You can then make an appointment with one of the designated medical practitioners. The doctor will take the information from the Appendix D form and fill out the IMM1017 IMU form which he will send to our office with the medical results. For all other applications, the Canadian Embassy in Seoul will send you the medical forms once your application is being processed. You must wait to receive the form before making an appointment and undergoing the medical examination.

I have an application as a member of the Family Class. My sponsor is not in Canada. Can I pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee (RPRF) in Turkey?
The RPRF must be paid through the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Canada; fees cannot be accepted at the Embassy. Mail an international bank draft or money order in Canadian funds for the required amount, payable to the Receiver General for Canada to:
CPC-Mississauga
P.O. ox 3000, Station A
Mississauga ON L5A 4N6

Application in Processing

I have recently submitted an application for permanent residence. What happens next?
If your file is complete, we will send you a letter confirming that we have received your application within 3 months of the date of reception. You will be informed of the file number which has been assigned to your application. If you need to communicate with our service, please always indicate this file number. This letter will also tell you how to check the current processing time for applications. Processing times are updated regularly, and are available on our website:
Applications processed outside of Canada. If you have submitted a Simplified Application, we will contact you later, as indicated in our letter (AOR letter), and request submission of supporting documents. Please wait for our request of documents before submitting them. If your file is incomplete (including the payment of the processing fee), your application will be returned to you with a list of the elements missing. No record of your application will be kept at our office.

What is the normal processing time of an application for permanent residence?
The processing time for 80% of applications is considered the normal processing time.

How can I check the status of my application?
You may check the status of your application online, using the e-client Application Status service (eCas) of the Citizenship and Immigration website: Client Application Status.
If you are a sponsor of a member of the family class, you may also check case status through the CIC Call Centre. In Canada, call 1-888-242-2100. You may also submit enquiries by using our Case Specific Enquiry Form.  The processing time for 80% of applications is considered the normal processing time. If the processing time of your application is within the processing time for 80% of applications of the category in which you applied, please do not submit a status enquiry. Enquiries on applications which are within this processing time will not receive a response.

My application is currently being processed at the Embassy. I plan to go to Canada as a tourist and wait for my permanent resident visa there. Is that possible?
You may, but we strongly advise against making any definitive arrangements for your establishment in Canada until you have received your permanent resident visa. Do not sell or ship your belongings, leave your job or buy your plane tickets until then.

Can I change the immigrant category of my application (e.g. from skilled worker to entrepreneur, etc.)?
No. You will have to withdraw your current application and then submit a new application in the new category. This new application will have to include all of the required documents and the applicable fees. If you wish to be assessed concurrently in more than one category, you must submit separate applications, in each category.

Can I apply for a study permit or work permit while my immigration application is in process?
Yes. You will need to meet the requirements for the permit, including requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident. This will include the requirement that you leave Canada within the period of authorized stay, notwithstanding your long-term intent to reside in Canada permanently

How long does it take to receive the passport letter after completing the medical exam and paying the Right of Permanent Residence fee?
The letter requesting submission of passports for visa issuance will normally be issued within 30 days of the Embassy receiving final medical results for all family members, and receiving payment of the RPRF.

My passport expires shortly. Can I use it for immigration to Canada?
Canadian immigration regulations require only that the passport be valid at the time you immigrate to Canada. However, many airlines will not allow passengers to board flights with passports with a validity of less than six months. The Embassy requests passports be valid for at least 9 months when they are submitted for visa issuance.

The validity of the immigrant visa may be affected by the validity date of the passport if the passport validity is less than one year. The expiry date of the immigrant visa will normally be set at one year from the earliest date on which any member of the family underwent a medical examination for the purposes of immigration to Canada. However, if the passport validity date of any member of the family is less than that date, the visa validity date for all family members will be set at that earlier date. For example, if all members of the family underwent medical examination on June 8, 2005, the visa would normally be valid to June 7, 2006. However, if one member of the family holds a passport which expires on December 31, 2005, the visa validity date for all persons will be set at December 31, 2005.

The spelling of my name in my passport is different from the spelling I provided in my application for permanent residence. What should I do?
The spelling of names on passports should be determined by the issuing authorities and should be consistent with previously issued passports. If the spelling on the passports submitted for visa issuance is different from that on the passport request letter issued by the Embassy, we will change the spelling in our records prior to visa issuance, to ensure the spelling of names on the visas matches that appearing in the passports.

How long does it take to get the visa after submitting passports?
It usually takes 30 days for visa issuance after receiving the original passports and requested photographs for all family members.

I am divorced and have custody of the children from my marriage. What is required for them to accompany me to Canada?
You must submit evidence that you have legal custody of the children. In Turkey, you may submit the Family Census Register in which the divorce is recorded and the parental authority for the children is stated. For the children to accompany you to Canada, we also require the notarized consent of the non-custodial parent for the children to immigrate to Canada. This is to prevent the violation of any possible shared custody or visitation rights the non-custodial parent may have, and to ensure that the non-custodial parent is aware of the emigration of their children from Turkey.

My application for permanent residence was refused and I would like to know why.
The refusal letter that you received from the visa officer gives the reason(s) for the refusal. If you have further questions, please submit them in writing by fax or drop box.

Medical

Where is it possible to get the medical forms to do the medical examination?
The Canadian Embassy in Ankara will send you the medical forms once your application is being processed. You must wait to receive the form before making an appointment and undergoing the medical examination.

Do the principal applicant and his family members have to be examined by the same doctor?
As far as possible, yes. If this is not possible, they can be examined by any of the designated medical practitioner (DMP); see Designated Medical Practitioners for a list of DMPs. Family members in Canada may be examined by a DMP in Canada. If a family member is examined by a doctor outside Turkey, the doctor should be advised that the application for which the medical examination is being conducted is being processed in Korea.

Why do my family members have to be examined by a doctor if they are not immigrating to Canada ?
According to Canadian immigration law, an officer can issue a permanent resident visa only if it has been established that the applicant and his family members, whether accompanying or not, are admissible on medical, criminal or security grounds. For this reason, they must be examined even if they are not accompanying you to Canada. The fact that a family member has undergone a medical examination does not mean that a visa will be issued for that person.

New Family Members

I have already submitted an application for permanent residence, and have just got married. What should I do?
You must inform us immediately, in writing, of your new matrimonial status. If your spouse is not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, he or she must be examined as part of your application, whether or not he or she will accompany you to Canada. We will send you the forms which your spouse must complete as well as a list of documents required. He or she will have to undergo a medical examination. If your spouse is accompanying you to Canada, you will also have to pay the required fees, and obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) to his or her name if your province of destination is Quebec. If you have submitted a Simplified Application, please wait to inform us at the time we request the supporting documents.

I have already submitted an application for permanent residence, and my spouse just had a baby. What should I do?
If your child was born in Canada or if one of its parents is a Canadian citizen, the child is therefore a Canadian citizen. If that is the case, you do not need to add the child to your application, no medical examination or fee is required. You must, however, send us a copy of his or her birth certificate. You should contact the Consular Section of the Embassy for information on obtaining citizenship and a Canadian passport for the child.
If the child was not born in Canada or if one of its parents is not a Canadian citizen, you must add the child to your application by sending us a copy of the birth certificate and the required number of photos. Your child will have to undergo a medical examination; we will provide the necessary forms after your child is added to the application. If the child is accompanying you to Canada, you will also have to pay the required fees and obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) in his or her name if your province of destination is Quebec. If you have submitted a Simplified Application, please wait to inform us at the time we request the supporting documents.

Fee / RPRF / Refund

When do I have to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee?
The Right of Permanent Residence fee can be paid at the same time as the processing fee when you submit your application or at any time during the processing of your application. Once the processing of your application has been completed, we will ask you to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee if you have not already done so. Your visa will be issued only when you have paid the Right of Permanent Residence fee.

I have an application as a member of the Family Class. My sponsor is not in Canada. Can I pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee (RPRF) in Turkey?
The RPRF must be paid through the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Canada; fees cannot be accepted at the Embassy. Mail an international bank draft or money order in Canadian funds for the required amount, payable to the Receiver General for Canada to:
CPC-Mississauga
P.O. Box 3000, Station A
Mississauga ON L5A 4N6
If the application is refused, the RPRF may be refunded. For Family Class applications, refund requests must be directed to the Case Processing Centre; do not apply to the Embassy for RPRF refunds if you are a member of the Family Class.

My application has been refused. Can the fees I paid be refunded?
Processing fees are not refunded, whether the application is accepted or refused. The Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) may be refunded if your application is refused, withdrawn or if you do not become a permanent resident after a visa has been issued. In order to receive a refund, please complete an application for refund. Refunds are normally made within 30 days of receipt of the refund application.

Interview

Is an interview required for all applications for permanent residence?
Some applications may be processed without an interview, if the documents submitted are sufficient to fully assess the application. If an interview is required, you will be advised of this by letter. About one month prior to your interview date, you will be advised by letter of the date, time and place of your interview; you will also be advised of any additional documents your should bring to the interview, and advised of our policy on interpreters. If you are unable to attend the interview at that time, it is important that you advise us in advance of the interview date.

When can expect my interview to be scheduled?
Interviews may be scheduled at any time within the processing time for your type of application. To check processing times. Note that applications for which an interview is required will have longer processing times than other applications.

Background Check

I have lived in a country other than Turkey and need to get a police certificate for that country. How do I do that?

For more information, please refer to directions for obtaining police certificates for the visa office responsible for the country in which you resided. A list of visa offices is available at How to obtain a police certificate.

Visa Issued

I have received my permanent resident visa and the Confirmation of Permanent Residence form (IMM5292). How soon after I enter Canada am I legally authorized to work?
You will be allowed to work as soon as the officer at the point of entry to Canada grants you admission as a permanent resident. You do not have to wait until you have received your Permanent Resident Card or Social Insurance Number.

I have already received my visa for permanent residence in Canada, but have not yet landed. I have just got married. What should I do?
You must inform us immediately, in writing, of your new matrimonial status, and return your passport and Confirmation of Permanent Residence document to us, for amendment. If your spouse is not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, he or she must be examined as part of your application, whether or not he or she will accompany you to Canada. We will send you the forms which your spouse must complete as well as a list of documents required. He or she will have to undergo a medical examination. If your spouse is accompanying you to Canada, you will also have to pay the required fees, submit his or her passport and obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) to his or her name if your province of destination is Quebec. New visas will be issued to you once the examination of your spouse is complete. Note: Any current family member not examined as part of your application can NEVER be sponsored by you as a member of the Family Class in the future. Misrepresenting or withholding information would render you inadmissible to Canada.

I have already received my visa for permanent residence, and my spouse just had a baby. What should I do?
If your child was born in Canada or if one of its parents is a Canadian citizen, the child is therefore a Canadian citizen. If that is the case, you do not need to add the child to your application, no medical examination or fee is required. You must, however, send us a copy of his or her birth certificate. You should contact the Consular Section of the Embassy for information on obtaining citizenship and a Canadian passport for the child. If the child was not born in Canada or if one of its parents is not a Canadian citizen, you must inform this office immediately, and return your passport and Confirmation of Permanent Residence document to us, for amendment. You must add the child to your application by sending us a copy of the birth certificate and the required number of photos. Your child will have to undergo a medical examination; we will provide the necessary forms after your child is added to the application. If the child is accompanying you to Canada, you will also have to pay the required fees, submit the child's passport and obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) in his or her name if your province of destination is Quebec. Note: Any current family member not examined as part of your application can NEVER be sponsored by you as a member of the Family Class in the future. Misrepresenting or withholding information would render you inadmissible to Canada.

I have received my permanent resident visa. Am I obliged to travel directly to my province of destination or can I go through another province if the plane tickets are less expensive?
You can present your permanent resident visa upon arrival from abroad at any Canadian port of entry, including land border crossings or international airports. Please allow a few hours before any connecting flight or other travel to your final destination, as the immigration procedures are done at your initial place of arrival in Canada, not your final destination.

My permanent resident visa mentions the province of destination. Am I obliged to establish there?
A permanent resident visa is valid for all of Canada. However, if you plan to settle in the province of Quebec as soon as you arrive, you must have a Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ) issued by the authorities of that province. If you were nominated by a province under a Provincial Nominee Program, you are expected to reside in that province. Some provincial nominee programs will require a security deposit, refunded to you once you have settled in the province; if you do not settle in that province, you may forfeit this deposit.

Can I land in Canada before the rest of my family?
If you are the principal applicant, you may obtain your permanent resident status in Canada before the other members of your family. The members of your family included in your application may enter Canada with you or after you, within the validity indicated on the visa, but cannot enter Canada before the principal applicant.

Can the validity of the permanent resident visa and the Confirmation of Permanent Residence form (IMM5292) be extended?
Visas are given the maximum validity, based on the date of your medical examination or the expiry date of your passport, whichever is earlier. This validity cannot be extended. If you do not use your visa before it expires, you must return it to us and reapply for immigration to Canada.


5. Permanent Residents

I have just received my immigration visa. Do I have to stay in Canada until I receive my Permanent Resident (PR) card?
The PR card is a necessary document for any travel a permanent resident intends to do outside of Canada. If possible, you should stay in Canada until receiving the card. If you leave Canada before receiving your PR Card, you should apply for a "Permanent Resident Travel Document" at a Canadian mission abroad before trying to re-enter Canada without your PR card.

I am a permanent resident of Canada and I have a child born in Turkey after I became a permanent resident. What do I have to do for my child to become a permanent resident, so my family may return to Canada?
As a permanent resident, you may not sponsor your child as a member of the Family Class while you are outside Canada. You may return to Canada without the child and submit a sponsorship for the child after your return. The Department of Citizenship and Immigration has committed to processing routine applications from sponsored dependent children within 6 months. If you want the child to accompany you to Canada immediately, you should contact the Immigration Section. As the child intends to reside in Canada permanently, admission to Canada as a temporary resident (visitor) may not permitted. The Immigration Section can advise you of options for obtaining admission to Canada for the child as an intending immigrant.

What are the current requirements for maintaining permanent resident status?
You must physically reside in Canada for two years (730 days) in any five-year period. The two years do not have to be consecutive. There are some exceptions to physical residency so please visit the department Web site at About being a permanent resident of Canada for full details.

I have lived in Canada long enough to meet residents requirements. Can I re-enter Canada as a permanent resident?
If you have a Permanent Resident Card, you may proceed to Canada where an officer will make a determination as to whether you have lost permanent resident status. If you do not have a Permanent Resident Card, you may apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document and at that time a visa officer will make a determination as to whether you have lost permanent resident status.

I am a permanent resident of Canada but I want to voluntarily give up this status. How do I do this?
You must first apply with our office for a residency determination. This process will determine whether you still meet the residency obligations or not. If you don't meet the residency obligations, you will be refused and the refusal letter will constitute the proof you are no longer a permanent resident of Canada. If you still meet the residency obligations, you will have to sign a formal declaration indicating you wish to relinquish your permanent resident status.



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Date Modified:
2011-09-12