Last Updated on February 12, 2019
Feb 8, 2019 – All fees related to Canada immigration applications will be paid online as part of a proposed new requirement being considered by the federal government.
The move is part of many proposed regulatory changes aimed at increasing the use of technology in immigration applications.
Only candidates with disabilities preventing online payments and those able to pay in person at a visa application centre will be exempt from the requirement.
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Other important proposed changes to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations include requiring most temporary resident applications from within Canada to be submitted online, as well as International Experience Canada applications.
The changes being proposed also include allowing immigration applications concerning inter-country adoptions to be submitted before a child is identified, to speed up the approval process.
Candidates for family sponsorship immigration are also set to be required to include a permanent resident application in their application, again to help reduce processing times.
The changes are currently out for consultation, with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) seeking written comments until February 24, 2019.
Full List of Proposed Changes to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
- Ensuring that applicants who are paying fees or applying electronically only use the electronic systems provided by IRCC, where available.
- Requiring that most temporary resident applications submitted from within Canada, as well as International Experience Canada applications, be submitted electronically on Canada.ca.
- Requiring that all IRCC clients pay their immigration fees online, unless
- a disability prevents them from doing so, or
- IRCC provides other payment methods, such as paying in person at a visa application centre.
- Listing situations where the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, or the Minister of Public Safety, can provide applicants with alternative ways to apply for immigration services in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, such as a natural disaster or system outage.
- Outlining a clear process for IRCC officers to timestamp electronic applications, or other application-related communication, to give both clients and IRCC officers a clear and consistent point of reference when calculating processing times.
- Allowing sponsorship and permanent residence applications for inter-country adoptions to be submitted before a child has been identified, so that the approval process can start earlier.
- Requiring that clients include their permanent resident application with their family sponsorship application submission to help reduce processing delays.
- Removing existing requirements that specify where all non-electronic (paper) applications can be submitted, to give IRCC more flexibility in order to maximize processing efficiency and accommodate clients.
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