Online Immigration Services Canada

New Improvements to the Immigration System: September 2022

This month, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration visited an IRCC application processing centre in Nova Scotia. During his visit, the Minister announced new online services that will improve the client experience and reduce the backlogs.

<<The permanent residence programs that are transitioning to 100% online applications>>

Reducing wait times

During the pandemic, IRCC began conducting telephone and video interviews with sponsors and applicants to quickly process family reunification applications. By modernizing its services, IRCC has now returned to the pre-pandemic service standard: 12 months for new spousal sponsorship applications.

In addition, IRCC has resumed in-person interviews at Canadian and international offices. The department will continue to offer virtual interviews to clients where possible. Moreover, it is also working on expanding the availability of virtual interviews at its overseas offices. This will include a pilot project allowing spousal sponsorship and other clients to take part in virtual interviews at some visa application centres. In this way, clients will not have to travel to a visa office.

<<Also: IRCC to exempt some applicants inside Canada from the IME requirement>>

Expanding online applications for permanent residence

The Minister announced that access to the online application portal for clients has now been expanded to the majority of permanent residence applicants. IRCC will begin transitioning to 100% digital applications for most of its permanent residence programs on September 23. However, the department will maintain alternative formats available for people who require accommodations.

Expanding the application status tracker

By spring 2023, IRCC will have expanded the application status tracker to 7 more permanent residence and temporary residence programs. Likewise, IRCC introduced a citizenship application status tracker for clients in May 2021. This will also be expanded to include access to representatives this September 2022.

Providing better information to clients

IRCC is making further improvements to its online processing times tool to provide more accurate information. Starting this fall 2022, IRCC will publish forward-looking estimates of how long it will take to process an application. This improvement will increase predictability for applicants.

Modernizing the citizenship program

In August 2021, IRCC launched a new tool that allows most citizenship applications to be submitted online. The tool has now expanded to allow groups of adults to apply together. IRCC also intends to expand this tool to offer online applications for minors under the age of 18 by the end of the year.

Ask your questions!

If you have a broad question about immigration to Canada, please fill out the following form. However, if you have specific questions, book a consultation session. You may alternatively fill out our free assessment form.

    Full Name (required)

    Email address (required)

    Have you entered your email address correctly?

    Your question (required):

    Read this in Spanish

    Related Posts

    Ontario candidates invited

    Ontario held a major draw: 1,179 candidates invited

    Oct 1, 2022
    Immigrate to British Columbia after graduation International Students

    Immigrate to British Columbia after graduation – International Students

    Sep 30, 2022
    New Amendments for Temporary Foreign Workers are Now in Force

    New Amendments for Temporary Foreign Workers are Now in Force

    Sep 29, 2022
    New Express Entry Draw

    New Express Entry Draw: 3,750 candidates invited – CRS score 504

    Sep 28, 2022

    Fill our Free Canada Immigration Assessment Form in your language!

    Disclaimer:
    This article provides information of a general nature only. Considering the fluid nature of the immigration world, it may no longer be current. Of course, the item does not give legal advice. Therefore, do not rely on it as legal advice or immigration advice. Consequently, no one could hold us accountable for the content of these articles. Of course, if you have specific legal questions, you must consult a lawyer. Alternatively, if you are looking for immigration advice, book an appointment.

    The characters and places in the articles:
    All the characters and locations in the articles are fictional, unless otherwise clearly stated. Therefore, any resemblance in names, dates, and places is coincidental.

    Important Notes:
    For our official addresses, trust this website only. We currently do not have offices outside Canada. Therefore, anyone who claims to be our agent is committing fraud. Also, note that we do not issue any work permits or study permits or similar documents. The government of Canada has the sole authority to issue such material.

    Click to read the disclaimer.

    Andrea Neira

    Do you have any questions?