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Applying for permanent residence

A refugee whose claim has been accepted can:

  • Apply for permanent resident status
  • Begin the process to bring immediate family members to Canada
  • Apply for a health card under the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP).


There is no deadline to apply for status as a permanent resident, but it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. Processing time is long. It is not unusual to wait two years or more.

Refugees who are Designated Foreign Nationals cannot apply for permanent residence until five years after their claim was accepted. During this time, they cannot apply to bring family members to Canada.

Last updated: Dec 19, 2017


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