The online portal has been opened to single applicants aged 18 and older by the IRCC as of August 11. The online portal is not available to representatives or family members. It is also not available to people who live outside Canada and are employed by the Crown.
The IRCC plans to make the online application available to families and minors aged 18 or under in 2020. Representatives will have the option to submit an online application on behalf of clients in 2022. Crown servants who have declared their residence in Canada will also be able to use the online application.
Applicants who have submitted their application on paper must not apply online again, IRCC stated in a media release.
This new tool was already being developed by IRCC as part of an effort to modernize immigration. It released the tool in late 2020 to evaluate its capabilities.
New online portals allow applicants to save incomplete applications and then resume them later. You can upload supporting documents and proof of payment.
Modernization of the Immigration System
Marco Mendicino, Immigration Minister, has stated his vision for Canada’s immigration system becoming paperless.
The pandemic forced IRCC modernization to allow immigration to continue under public health measures. Canada has so far made online citizenship testing possible and started to hold virtual citizenship ceremonies.
The department also offers virtual landings to newly-arrived permanent residents. A number of traditional paper-based programs for immigration are now available online.