Immigration Resources

Here are additional resources that might be helpful when you are submitting your application to IRCC. 


IRCC Processing Times

IRCC processing times may vary depending on the type of application. You can check IRCC processing times online to know when to expect to receive your document.


IRCC application system

You can save your application and return it to complete it later. Once you return to your IRCC Secure Account, you will need to select the application link under the In Progress section. You will have 60 days to submit all your documents with your online application. After that time, the application will automatically be deleted.


Document format

Please follow document size guidelines. Each file can have a maximum size of 4MB (four megabytes), and acceptable formats are PDF (Portable Document), JPG, TIFF, or PNG (Image); and DOC or DOCX (Microsoft Word Document). All form(s) and document(s) must be in an electronic format.

Please visit What file formats can I upload to my account? and My documents are too large to upload. How do I reduce the file size? to learn more.


Photo specifications

Your face must be square to the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling, with the mouth closed.

Please visit Temporary Resident Visa application photograph specifications and Photograph Specifications to learn more.



All travellers between the ages of 14 and 79 must provide biometric information, with few exceptions. The biometric fee is usually CAD $85 per person. If you gave biometrics in the last 10 years for a visa application, and they are still valid, you don’t have to give them again if you are applying to visit, work, or study. You can use the Check Status tool to determine if your biometrics are still valid.

Please visit Facts about biometrics to learn more. 


Medical Exam

International students usually don’t need a medical exam to apply for a co-op work permit. However, you may need a medical exam if your practicum is in the health sciences or child-care field. If a medical exam is required in your application, you may have the option to do an upfront medical exam (before submitting your application). You may contact a Panel Physician directly for more information.

If you have a valid medical exam (12 months) or will not be working in the occupations outlined on the IRCC website, you may not need to do a medical exam.

Please visit Medical exams for visitors, students and workers to learn more about jobs for which you need a medical exam.


The information on this page has been developed and endorsed by Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. However, the information may change without notice, and this is not a legal document. Please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the most up-to-date information.