Canada opens online portal for citizenship applications
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched a new online tool allowing permanent residents to submit applications for citizenship online.
IRCC opened the online portal on August 11 for single applicants over eighteen (18). The systems is not yet available for families or representatives. It is not open to those who are employed by the Crown and living outside of Canada.
Later this year, IRCC hopes to open the online application tool to families and minors under the age of eighteen (18). In 2022, the portal will be available to representatives to apply on behalf of their clients as well as crown servants declaring residence outside Canada.
IRCC states that any applicants who have already submitted the paper application, should not try to reapply online.
The program has been in the works for a while and late 2020, IRCC released the tool to test the capacity.
The new online portal allows applicants to save partially completed applications and then resume them another time. It also allows users to upload supporting documents, proof of payment, print PDFs, and get confirmation of receipts.
The platform is aligned with the Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino’s vision for Canada’s immigration system to become paperless.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the IRCC to start modernizing to allow for immigration to continue during the public health measures. So far, IRCC has made citizenship testing online and has been holding virtual citizenship ceremonies.
IRCC has begun doing virtual landings for newly arrived permanent residents. As well, many paper-based programs are starting to go digital for immigration applicants.