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FYI most applications for permanent residence must now be submitted online

Updated: Mar 6

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Since September 2022, most applications for permanent residence must be submitted online.

Applications that must now be submitted online include:

  • Family Class Sponsorships

    • 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

  • Atlantic Immigration Program

  • Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry)

  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

  • Self-employed people (Quebec)

  • Start-up visa

  • Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence

  • Home Support Worker Pilot

  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot (reopens to new applications on January 1, 2023)

  • Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

  • Self-employed people (federal)

  • Quebec-selected skilled workers

  • Quebec-selected investors

  • Quebec-selected entrepreneurs

  • Agri-food pilot

You can request an exemption to allow you to file by paper if required.

Applicants must use the PR Portal

Representatives must use the PR Representative Portal

There are many known technical issues with the IRCC PR Portal and PR Representative Portal. These can be extremely difficult to navigate. If you are having trouble navigating the portal, we can help.

Express Entry applications continue to be filed through the IRCC Secure Portal (self-represented applicants) or the Authorized Representative Portal.

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