Applicant type of immigrant

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on June 22, 2021.


Applicant type refers to whether an immigrant was identified as the principal applicant, the spouse or the dependant on their application for permanent residence.

Immigrant refers to a person who is, or who has ever been, a landed immigrant or permanent resident. Such a person has been granted the right to live in Canada permanently by immigration authorities. Immigrants who have obtained Canadian citizenship by naturalization are included in this group.


Applicant type is most often used in combination with admission category, particularly with the economic immigrant categories, in which principal applicants are selected based on their ability to contribute to the Canadian economy.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Applicant type of immigrant June 22, 2021 to current

    This is the current standard.

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