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.
Non-Express Entry (base) Provincial Nominee Program
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Quebec Selected Investor Program
Quebec Entrepreneur Program
Quebec Self-Employed Persons Program
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration 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.
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.