Canadian Immigration Process to Go Digital from September 23, 2022


Aarushi Jain
Updated on Sep 05, 2022 11:38 AM IST

The IRCC will shortly go entirely online for Canada’s permanent residence immigration process in order to address backlogs and process more applications.

Canadian Immigration Process to Go Digital from September 23, 2022

The Canadian government has announced new initiatives to modernise the country's immigration system while also reducing the country's growing backlog. As of August 22, Canada had received more than 300,000 permanent residents, exceeding the milestone earlier than in any prior year. For 2022, the country has set a target of 431,000 permanent residents.

The government also announced plans to modernise and digitise the application process for those seeking permanent status in Canada. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, introduced the new online service.

To address backlogs and boost processing capacity, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will shortly move to 100% online applications for almost all permanent immigration programmes. The shift will take place in stages.

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The IRCC will digitise the application process for programmes such as the Provincial Nominee Programme (non-Express entry), Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, sponsoring an eligible relative, and sponsoring a dependent child, among others, beginning September 23 this year.

Following that, on October 7, programmes for Quebec-selected investors and Quebec-selected businesses will be digitalized. This change will be completed on October 28th. In addition to announcing the digital overhaul of the immigration application process, the Canadian government stated that the agency has employed 1,250 extra personnel to deal with the mounting processing backlogs.

The agency also stated that candidates for permanent and temporary residency who are already in Canada and ‘meet specific conditions' will be excused from the immigration medical examination requirement. According to the government, the simplification and digitization of the application procedure, which will take place in the next couple of weeks, will benefit about 1,80,000 clients by saving them time and money.

It will also administer the department in reducing wait times. Furthermore, the immigration department aims to increase openness in the process by providing more accurate information such as application processing time estimates and predictability, among other things.

Also Read: Canada Accepted 7,300 Additional Immigration Applications for International Graduates Stream

On the dates listed below in the given table, the following categories will be converted to digital/online applications:



September 23, 2022

Sponsoring a spouse or partner

Sponsoring a dependent child

Sponsoring an eligible relative

Sponsoring an orphaned sibling, niece or nephew, or grandchild

Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry)

Quebec-selected skilled workers

Adopting a child through the immigration process

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

October 7, 2022

Self-employed people (Quebec)

Quebec-selected investors

Quebec-selected entrepreneurs

October 14, 2022

Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence

Agri-food pilot

Start-up visa

October 21, 2022

Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

Self-employed people (federal)

Home Support Worker Pilot

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

October 28, 2022

Atlantic Immigration Program

Wish to Study and Settle in Canada?

Source: CNBC News

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