Skip to content
Share article

Applicants to a broad range of Canadian permanent residence programs now need to online, as Canada’s immigration department transitions from paper-based formats to digitization.

The move to online applications affects applicants to non-Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program and Quebec Experience Program, and those sponsoring a spouse or partner, among others.

Which programs are moving online, and when?

The following programs are online as of September 23, 2022:

The following programs are online as of October 7, 2022:

The following programs are online as of October 14, 2022:

The following programs are online as of October 21, 2022:

The following program are online as of October 28, 2022:

Paper-based applications that are received after the transition dates outlined above will be returned to applicants. Applicants who are not able to apply online, for example due to a disability, will be able to contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to request an alternative format.

The expansion of online applications, announced by Canada’s Minister of Immigration on September 1, continues a trend toward digitization in Canadian immigration processing. The Permanent Residence Portal gives applicants more flexibility to apply from their devices and allows them to receive immediate confirmation that they have successfully submitted their application, instead of waiting months for such acknowledgment. The portal has been expanded and is currently open to most permanent residence program applicants.

The shift to online applications over the past few years began in earnest with the launch of the fully-online Express Entry system back in 2015.

As of October, 2022, IRCC has transitioned to 100% digital applications for most permanent residence programs.

Deanne Acres-Lans, a regulated Canadian immigration consultant with Canada Abroad, goes deeper into the transition to online applications in the video below. If the transition to online applications may affect your Canadian immigration goals, you may wish to book a consultation with an expert before proceeding.

For immigration updates, immigration roadmaps, career document templates, and a copy of our FREE Getting Started Guide magazine — create your free Moving2Canada account and complete your profile!

Citation "Online applications coming for a range of Canadian immigration programs." Moving2Canada. . Copy for Citation


  • Canada Abroad team

    Canada Abroad

    Canada Abroad is a transparent Canadian immigration consultancy with advice you can trust. Led by Deanne Acres-Lans (RCIC #508363), the team delivers professional, regulated, and efficient service.

  • The Doherty Fultz Immigration team staff members

    Doherty Fultz Immigration

    Led by Anthony Doherty (RCIC #510956) and Cassandra Fultz (#514356), the Doherty Fultz team uses their 40+ years of experience to empower you towards settling in Canada.

  • Perez McKenzie Immigration

    Led by Jenny Perez (RCIC #423103), Perez McKenzie Immigration is a Canadian immigration consultancy based in British Columbia, with offices in Vancouver and Whistler.

Our Partners

Get your immigration questions answered by an expert

Speak with a regulated Canadian immigration consultant to help plan your immigration. Moving2Canada is happy to recommend a handful of exceptional consultants.
  • Smiling young woman at a laptop

    Find the best immigration program for you

    Take our free immigration quiz and we'll tell you the best immigration programs for you!

  • Chef at restaurant spooning vegetables

    Get matched to job opportunities

    Get matched to job opportunities from Canadian employers who are seeking to hire people with your skills.

  • Access our immigration roadmaps

    Our immigration roadmaps will teach you the basics of Express Entry, study permits, and more! Take control of your own immigration process.


Unlock exclusive resources with a free account.

Create a Moving2Canada account to get the resources you need, tailored to your profile. Get matched with the best immigration programs & job offers, and access exclusive events & resources.