There are several ways to get help with your application, depending on what you need help with. The fastest and most affordable way to get help with your application is to use our online resources.
Most programs you can apply for have an application package with an instruction guide. The guide provides tips and information on
- how to fill out your forms
- pay your fees
- submit your application
There are also some online applications that allow you to apply without a guide. The online application will take you through all the forms you need to fill out, as well as paying your fees and submitting your application. If you need help with a question or document, click on the help icon (a question mark).
Before you apply, you should still visit the website to understand eligibility requirements, the application process and what to expect after you apply:
- Express Entry (permanent residence for skilled workers)
- International Experience Canada (work and travel program for youth)
Frequently asked questions and how-to videos
Our online Help Centre has answers to over 800 questions to help you with your application. Type a topic or keyword into the search field to find questions about it.
You can also find how-to videos in our video centre. Type the topic you’re interested in into the search bar to find videos about it.
For help in person, you can use a representative. If you’re outside Canada, you can also go to a visa application centre (VAC).
Use a representative
A representative is anyone (family, friend or paid advisor) who helps you with your application and who has your consent to get information about your file.
You don’t need to hire anyone to help you with your application. You can get all the forms and information you need to apply for free. Hiring someone doesn’t guarantee that we’ll approve your application or process it faster.
- Learn about using a representative
- How to fill out the “Use of representative” form to appoint a representative
Go to a visa application centre (if you’re outside Canada)
Visa application centres (VAC) are private businesses that accept applications and make sure they get to the right visa office. There is a fee to use a VAC.
A VAC can
- serve you in your local language
- make sure your application is complete
- collect your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)
VAC don’t have services for every application. They can help you with
- study or work permits
- visitor visas (temporary resident visas)
- travel documents for permanent residents
If you’re currently in the United States, you can also give your biometrics at an Application Support Center.
If we haven’t answered your question
If you already have an application in progress, learn how to update it or check its status.
If you have general questions about a program or service, contact us through our Web form.