Last Updated On 8 November 2023, 11:13 AM EST (Toronto Time)
Canada has now expanded the use of the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal to private refugee sponsor groups as part of ongoing efforts to provide clients with more online options.
Additionally, IRCC will make it available to some government-backed refugee referral partners before the end of 2023.
This was one of the 6 recommendations made by the Office of Auditor General (OAG) report made at the beginning of October 2023.
With this expansion, sponsors can now submit their applications and referrals in a more practical, safe, and effective manner.
By sending their application by email, applicants will avoid the hassles and delays associated with paper applications, and they will get instant confirmation that it was filed successfully.
By preventing the submission of the majority of incomplete applications, online application submissions will help enhance the intake procedure.
Officers of the IRCC will be able to concentrate on advancing finished applications while saving time by doing this.
To assist sponsor groups in making a smooth transition to the portal, IRCC is collaborating closely with the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and other partners.
In addition to offering training and other services, RSTP has been hosting informational workshops. The IRCC website also has updated instruction manuals.
The deadline for refugee sponsor groups to switch over to the Permanent Residence Portal is December 31, 2023.
IRCC will only accept applications sent via mail or the portal until January 1, 2024.
The IRCC permanent residence portal is an online way of submitting permanent residency applications that do not fall under the Express Entry system.
Furthermore, this permanent residence portal also allows people to confirm their permanent resident status online.
The below-listed Canadian immigration programs are eligible to use the IRCC permanent residence portal:
Agri-Food Pilot Adopting a child through the immigration process Atlantic Immigration Program Community Sponsors to privately sponsor refugees Home Child Care Provider Pilot Home Support Worker Pilot Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot Groups of Five to privately sponsor refugees Humanitarian and compassionate considerations within Canada Permanent residence in Canada Ukrainian nationals with family members in Canada Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents Protected persons and Convention refugees in Canada Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry) Quebec entrepreneurs and investors Quebec-selected skilled workers Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Self-employed people Sponsoring a spouse, partner, dependent child or other family Sponsoring a parent or grandparent Sponsorship Agreement Holders to privately sponsor refugees Start-up visa Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence