This section contains details on policy, procedures and guidance that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) staff typically use. The authorities have posted this on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
The authorities require that officers date stamp the applications upon receipt. In addition, the officers would need to check for the completeness of the applications in order based on the dates of receipt as well.
In addition, officers would need to review applications received under the caring for children and caring for people with high medical needs classes for completeness. Therefore, officers would need to review these applications vis-à-vis the requirements specified in R10 and the application kit requirements at the time of receipt.
As such, officers would need to review the applications and verify that they contain:
A signed and completed Generic Application Form for Canada i.e. IMM 0008
This would include the name, date of birth, nationality, current marital status and current immigration status of the principal applicant and all family members, regardless of whether they are accompanying or not
The results of the principal applicant’s designated language proficiency test that demonstrates that the principal applicant meets the language proficiency threshold prescribed by the Minister in each of the four language skill areas
It is worth highlighting that the principal applicant’s designated language proficiency test must be less than two years old on the date the officers receive the application
The evidence of a completed Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential (or higher) or a completed foreign one-year post-secondary educational credential (or higher) and its equivalency assessment (i.e. Educational Credential Assessment – ECA report) issued by an organisation or professional body designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
It is worth mentioning that the completed one-year post-secondary educational credential would need to be less than five years old on the date the officers receive the application
The evidence that the principal applicant has accumulated qualifying work experience
The evidence that the principal applicant has the appropriate licenses for practising in Canada on the date the officers receive the application
This is applicable in case the principal applicant is working in an applicable occupation under the caring for people with high medical needs class
A properly completed Schedule A – Background / Declaration i.e. IMM 5669 for the principal applicant and, if applicable, the principal applicant’s spouse or common-law partner and all dependent children aged 18 years and older listed in the IMM 0008
The evidence of upfront medical examinations for the principal applicant and all family members, regardless of whether they are accompanying or not
A properly completed program specific schedule form for the principal applicant i.e. IMM 0008 – Schedule 15 or IMM 0008 – Schedule 16
A properly completed Fee Payment Form 0 Application for Permanent Residence i.e. IMM 5620 and evidence of payment of the applicable fees
A clear identification of the class in which the principal applicant is making the application
A signed declaration to the effect that the information provided is both complete and accurate and,
Any other additional documents and information specified by the Regulations, as well as any other evidence required by the Act
The Guidelines for Incomplete Applications and Applications that Exceed the Cap
Situations could arise where the officers receive incomplete applications. Alternatively, the officers might receive applications after the maximum cap of 2,750 complete applications has been put into process. The officers would need to return both kinds of applications to the applicants. In addition, the officers would need to return the processing fees to the applicants as well.
For incomplete applications, the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville (CPC-V) would need to record the appropriate notes in the Global Case Management System (GCMS). For instance, the notes would typically need to specify that the officers received an application, which the officers subsequently returned to the applicant. Thereafter, the officers would take no further action on the application, unless they receive a complete application, as mentioned above.