Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Switching To 100% Online For 19 PR Programs

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Switching To 100% Online For 19 PR Programs

September 1, 2022 – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is transitioning 19 permanent immigration programs to 100% online applications. As per IRCC, this transition will modernize Canada’s immigration system and enhance client service.

Some applicants were able to apply online for permanent immigration programs using the Permanent Residence Portal since March 31, 2021. It gives applicants more flexibility to get immediate confirmation on their application.

This portal is open to most permanent residence programs and further expanding. Following the schedule in the article’s later part, the IRCC will start moving 19 permanent residency programs’ application processes to 100% digital.

However, an alternative format can be requested if an applicant cannot apply online or needs accommodations. Offline applications received after the transition dates will be returned. IRCC will share more details on the alternative submission procedure later.

Transition to 100% online will begin on September 23, 2022, starting with 8 PR programs. The whole switch to 100% digitalization of 19 PR programs is projected to complete by October 28, 2022.

Below Is The IRCC Schedule For the Transition

Date Category
September 23, 2022 1. Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry)
2. Quebec-selected skilled workers
3. Sponsoring a spouse or partner
4. Sponsoring a dependent child
5. Sponsoring an eligible relative
6. Sponsoring an orphaned sibling, niece or nephew, or grandchild
7. Adopting a child through the immigration process
8. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
October 7, 2022 9. Quebec-selected investors
10. Quebec-selected entrepreneurs
11. Self-employed people (Quebec)
October 14, 2022 12. Agri-food pilot
13. Start-up visa
14. Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence
October 21, 2022 15. Home Support Worker Pilot
16. Home Child Care Provider Pilot (reopens to new applications on January 1, 2023)
17. Humanitarian and compassionate grounds
18. Self-employed people (federal)
October 28, 2022 19. Atlantic Immigration Program


Source: IRCC website