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Canada will switch to 100% online applications for permanent residence

Canada will switch to 100% online applications for permanent residence

On September 1, 2022, the government of Canada announced that starting on September 23, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will start transitioning to 100% digital applications for most permanent residence programs.

The Permanent Residence Portal provides an online application option for some clients since March 31, 2021. This generates more flexibility to apply from various devices and receive immediate confirmation that the application was successful. The portal is still expanding and is open to most permanent residence program applicants.

The transition to digital applications will be implemented across the categories according the following schedule:

On September 23, 2022, the following categories will transition to digital applications:

  • Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry)

  • Quebec-selected skilled workers

  • Sponsoring a spouse or partner

  • Sponsoring a dependent child

  • Sponsoring an eligible relative

  • Sponsoring an orphaned sibling, niece or nephew, or grandchild

  • Adopting a child through the immigration process

  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

On October 7, 2022, the following categories will transition:

  • Quebec-selected investors

  • Quebec-selected entrepreneurs

  • Self-employed people (Quebec)

October 14, 2022, will see the transition of the following categories:

  • Agri-food pilot

  • Start-up visa

  • Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence

On October 21, 2022, we can expect the transition for the following categories:

  • Home Support Worker Pilot

  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot (reopens to new applications on January 1, 2023)

  • Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

  • Self-employed people (federal)

And finally, October 28, 2022, will see the transition of the Atlantic Immigration Program.


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