Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched an online portal on April 1, 2021. The paper-based economic class applications can now be submitted online. Through this portal people can submit their Canadian permanent residence application online. Unlike the previous method of deploying paper, the online method is far easier.
However, the online method is available for some selected programs only, which are as follows:-
Instructions for the PNPs have been updated to replace the references to “paper-based” applications with “non-express entry” applications. The operating manuals for the above programs have been updated. More programs are expected to join the list in near future.
The transition of a paper-based application system to an online process was in process before the pandemic.
The need for a contactless system just catalysed the process.
People can still proceed with the paper-based application. The option is still open for all.
Presently, only a few programs have been digitised to study the working of the online process a make necessary amendments before it is introduced massively or full-fledged.
The purpose of launching an online application system was to provide more options to the applicants to apply for permanent residence.
Going digital extends countless advantages to the environment and mankind. Let’s find out what are they:-
The express entry program was the very first step towards digitisation. Now, due to COVID 19, contactless processes have been the need of the hour. Therefore, the economic class paper-based immigration process has been digitised. Corresponding to the present scenario where technological advancements are transforming every process to a digital platform, more processes might undergo digitisation. Moreover, to follow the COVID 19 protocols digitisation of admission processes and payment gateways is a necessity.
1. Fill up the application carefully – Fill up the required information very carefully. Make sure you enter every detail correctly. If the information is found to be incorrect, then IRCC reserves the right to refuse entry or bar you from applying for immigration for the next five years. The application package includes all the guidelines and the forms you need to fill.
2. Pay the application fees online – Make the payments and keep a screenshot and printout with you for future reference. The payment gateway opens in a new tab. They ask you to submit the following fees
The guidelines given in the application package will help you find out which third-party fees you need to pay.
3. Apply along with other essential documents- Submit all the documents asked for.
The portal will not accept the application if it is incomplete.
IRCC has headed towards digitisation in order to be in unison with technological advancements. This has not only provided a helping hand in preserving our environment but has also been easy during the corona pandemic.