New online services for Canada’s immigration system – General Immigration

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Key points

  • The Government of Canada will move the permanent residence application process online


The Government of Canada aims to transition to moving online applications for most permanent immigration programs. The Permanent Residence Portal has been in use since March 31, 2021 and allows foreign nationals to apply from personal electronic devices and receive immediate confirmation when they have successfully submitted an application for permanent residence. The portal will expand to eventually include nearly all permanent residency programs beginning September 23, 2022.

The first programs to go live will include the Provincial Nominee Program (non-express entry), the Quebec Selected Skilled Worker Program and more. For more information on when each program will go live, see here. Accommodations will be made for those who do not have access to the online portal.

What are the changes?

The Government of Canada will transfer most applications for the permanent residence program online beginning September 23, 2022 and continuing through October 2022. The government said the move was made as part of the country’s efforts to modernize Canada’s immigration system and improve customer service.

Look forward

Keep checking Government of Canada information website and the envoy
website for the latest updates and information.

Originally published September 9, 2022

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