If you get a positive decision on your refugee claim, you will be eligible to apply to be a Permanent Resident.
Why should I apply to be a Permanent Resident?
Most importantly, you need to be a Permanent Resident before you can apply to be a Canadian citizen.
This is because the Government of Canada will think that this means it is now safe for you to go back to your own country, so you do not need to be in Canada anymore to be safe.
Another benefit of becoming a Permanent Resident is that you will not need a work permit to work in Canada!
How do I apply to be a Permanent Resident?
What information do I need to give for my application?
All of the information that you need to include is listed in a document called: Document Checklist: Protected Persons – Permanent Residence (IMM 5286e). Read this checklist carefully and make sure that you do everything that it says.
Do I have to pay for my application?
Yes, you need to pay to send in your application. You need to pay the fee online. You will keep the receipt and upload it to the portal.
If you are applying by yourself
it will cost you $570 to send in the application, even if you are under 18.
If you are applying with your parents
(or legal guardian) and you are under 22, it will cost you $155 to be included in the application.
What if I can’t pay the fees?
Unfortunately, the Government of Canada will not process your application if you do not pay the fees. Here are some suggestions for getting the money to pay the fee: