IRCC Transitioning to Online Applications for most Permanent Residence Programs
As the Canadian lifestyle becomes modernized each day, IRCC has recently announced that most permanent residence applications are now compelled to be submitted online starting September 23, 2022. Within the news release, IRCC noted that this transition shall improve client service and enhance convenience. This method will allow flexibility towards applicants to be able to apply from their devices and upon submission, they will receive immediate confirmation.
The following chart outlines the categories that will transition to digital applications commencing in September 2022. Applicants interested in the programs below must apply online and can no longer submit paper applications. However, if select applicants require accommodations, including for a disability, they must contact IRCC to request an alternative submission format. IRCC has not yet released information concerning an alternative submission process for those who require same.
Otherwise, paper applications submitted after the transition dates, will be returned.
September 23, 2022
· Provincial Nominee Program (Non-Express Entry)
· Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers
· Sponsorship (Spouse, Partner, Dependent Child or eligible relative)
· Sponsorship (Orphaned sibling, niece or nephew, or grandchild)
· Adopting a child through the immigration process
· Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
October 7, 2022
· Quebec-Selected Investors
· Quebec-Selected Entrepreneurs
· Quebec Self-Employed People
October 14, 2022
· Agri-food Pilot
· Start-up Visa
· Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) holders applying for permanent residence
October 21, 2022
· Home Support Worker Pilot
· Home Child Care Provider Pilot(reopens to new applicants January 1, 2023)
· Humanitarian & Compassionate Grounds
· Self-Employed People (Federal)
October 28, 2022
· Atlantic Immigration Program
Backlogs have been a preeminent issue for immigration applications since the commencement of the pandemic. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship highlighted that in an effort to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and reduce application backlogs, they are focusing on addressing the labour shortage, reuniting families, and improving client experience by moving most applications online. Moreover, 1,250 new employees will be hired by the end of Fall 2022, to increase their processing capacity and to tackle these backlogs.
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