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Key Points

  • The government of Canada will transition the permanent residence application process to online


Canada’s government aims to move applications online for most permanent immigration programs. The Permanent Residence Portal has been in use since March 31, 2021. It allows foreign nationals to apply from personal electronic devices and receive immediate confirmation when they have successfully submitted a permanent residence application. The portal will be expanded to eventually include nearly all permanent residence programs beginning September 23, 2022.

The first programs to be transitioned online include the Provincial Nominee Program (non-Express Entry), the Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers program, and more. For additional information on when each program will transition online, check here. Accommodations will be made for those without access to the online portal.

What are the Changes?

The government of Canada will transition most permanent residence program applications online beginning September 23, 2022, and throughout October 2022. The government stated that this decision was made as part of the country’s effort to modernize Canada’s immigration system and improve client service.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Canada’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Government of Canada

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