Canada has made the process of applying for permanent residence online for 14 categories of candidates, including those applying under non-Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs. Earlier, candidates under these categories were supposed to submit paper-based applications. This transition from traditional way of submitting immigration application is part of modernising Canada immigration system with an aim to cater to growing number of immigration applicants for Canada immigration in the post-COVID period. It will also help the applicants avoid COVID-related mail delays.
The application process has been digitised for candidates belonging to the following categories:
- Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry)
- Rural and northern immigration pilot
- Agri-food pilot
- Atlantic immigration program
- Start-up visa
- Self-employed people (federal and Quebec)
- Quebec-selected skilled workers, entrepreneurs and investors
- Sponsoring a spouse, partner, dependent child or other family
- Sponsoring a parent or grandparent
- Adopting a child through the immigration process
- Protected persons and convention refugees in Canada
- Humanitarian and compassionate grounds
- Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence
- Home Support Worker Pilot
Former Immigration Minister of Canada Marco Mendicino had earlier said that Canada was aiming to make all processes related to immigration virtual and contactless beyond the pandemic. The situation caused by COVID-19 further accelerated these efforts. Canada digitised citizenship tests, took citizenship ceremonies online and launched an online landing process so that approved permanent residents no longer need to take in person interviews.
How to apply online?
If you belong to any of the above mentioned categories, CanApprove can help you complete the application process. We can help you prepare and submit all the necessary supporting documents, fill out forms and communicate on behalf of you with the immigration authorities of Canada, if needed. We can also clear all your doubts regarding the application process.
The application is submitted through the Permanent Residence Portal of Canada. Unlike earlier, the applicants need not print them or sign them by hand unless they have to be signed by someone other than the sponsor or principal applicant, including those whom you are sponsoring or any representatives.