online permanent residence application portal

Canada launches online permanent residence application portal

On March 31, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the launch of an online permanent residence application portal. The online permanent residence application portal will enable applicants who apply for select economic permanent resident programs to submit their applications online.

See Program delivery update: Paper-based economic class applications go digital.


These programs include

  1. Non-Express Entry (base) Provincial Nominee Program
  2. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  3. Agri-Food Pilot
  4. Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  5. Quebec Selected Investor Program
  6. Quebec Entrepreneur Program
  7. Quebec Self-Employed Persons Program


These programs were selected to test the portal because they have relatively lower intake volumes in comparison to other economic or family immigration programs. But candidates are still able to make paper-based applications while IRCC integrates the new online intake procedure and makes improvements to the portal as needed.

Canada plans to make its entire immigration process digital.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

In a recent TVO interview, “Can Canadian Immigration Cope Amid COVID?”, of January 18, 2021, Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says Canada is moving towards putting its entire immigration process online in its bid to compete for immigrants from throughout the world.


“In a world that is increasingly going virtual, we are leading the way, especially when it comes to our immigration system,” Mendicino says to TVO. “We are the only ones that have moved our citizenship ceremony online, to my knowledge, and now we are also moving into the digital space when it comes to testing applicants.”

Going digital will give immigration applicants more options to apply for permanent residence. It will also help applicants avoid COVID-related mailing delays.

“My vision for our immigration system going forward is that it is completely virtual and touchless and that each and every one of these steps is integrated so that we become the envy of the world,” Mendicino says.

See Canada immigration process going fully virtual, says Immigration Minister.

Since 2020 Canada has gradually moved many immigration processes online:

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.