Citizenship & Immigration Canada (“CIC”) has introduced new application forms.
As of July 18, 2011, applicants for Permanent Residence are asked to complete the new Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008).
The new form features prompts and drop-down lists and will help prevent errors that create unnecessary processing delays. Completing the form electronically and validating the form before printing generates a unique bar code to allow for the efficient entry of data into CIC’s case management system. Older versions of the permanent resident application form will still be accepted, but only until March 31, 2012.
CIC has also introduced a new Work Permit Made Outside of Canada form (IMM 1295) for work permit applications filed at visa offices outside Canada. This form needs to be completed electronically and then validated before being printed. Accompanying family members must also complete their own set of application forms.