IRCC is transitioning to digital applications for most permanent residence programs

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

Starting on September 23, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin transitioning to 100% digital applications for most permanent residence programs. This is part of IRCC’s efforts to modernize Canada’s immigration system and improve client service.

According to IRCC, the online option gives clients more flexibility to apply from their devices. Moreover, it allows them to receive immediate confirmation that they have successfully submitted their application.

Clients of the programs below must apply online. However, if they are not able to apply online and require accommodations, they will be able to contact IRCC to request an alternative format. Otherwise, applications that are received after the transition dates will be returned to applicants, said IRCC.

<<Also read: Canada’s Immigration Minister announced new online services for applicants>>

Categories that will transition to digital applications

Clients of the following programs must apply online, following the schedule below.

September 23, 2022Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry)
Quebec-selected skilled workers
Sponsoring a spouse or partner, a dependent child, an eligible relative, or an orphaned sibling, niece or nephew, or grandchild
Adopting a child through the immigration process
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
October 7, 2022Quebec-selected investors and entrepreneurs
Self-employed people (Quebec)
October 14, 2022Agri-food pilot
Start-up visa
Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence
October 21, 2022Home Support Worker Pilot
Home Child Care Provider Pilot (reopens to new applications on January 1, 2023)
Humanitarian and compassionate grounds
Self-employed people (federal)
October 28, 2022Atlantic Immigration Program

Further, clients are able to apply online for permanent immigration programs through the Permanent Residence Portal. This online option gives clients more flexibility to apply. The portal has now been expanded and is currently open to most permanent residence program applicants.

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