The Canadian government has announced that it will move its permanent residence application process online.

Key Points:

Date Category
Sept. 23, 2022
  • 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
Oct. 7, 2022
  • Quebec-selected investors
  • Quebec-selected entrepreneurs
  • Self-employed people (Quebec)
Oct.14, 2022
  • Agri-food pilot
  • Start-up visa
  • Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence
Oct. 21, 2022
  • Home Support Worker Pilot
  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot (reopens to new applications on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • Humanitarian and compassionate grounds
  • Self-employed people (federal)
Oct. 28, 2022
  • Atlantic Immigration Program

Additional Information: Foreign nationals who are not able to apply online, must contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for alternative application methods.

BAL Analysis: Canadian authorities are aiming to modernize their immigration system to improve client services and reduce application processing times by moving to a 100% online application process.

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