IRCC to transition to online applications for Start-Up Visa and QIIP

September 5th 2022 – On September 1st, 2022, IRCC announced that it would transition to 100% online applications for most permanent immigration programs, including the Start-Up Visa and the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

This transition will be made progressively over the next few months, with the QIIP transitioning to online applications on October 7, 2022 and the Start-Up visa making the transition on October 14, 2022.

This change is part of the Canadian government’s larger efforts to streamline and modernize Canada’s immigration system and to address its current backlog of permanent residence and citizenship applications.

The transition dates for each immigration program are listed below. Any application made after the transition date must be done online, as paper applications will no longer be accepted.



September 23, 2022

· Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry)

· Quebec-selected skilled workers

· Sponsoring a spouse or partner

· Sponsoring a dependent child

· Sponsoring an eligible relative

· Sponsoring an orphaned sibling, niece or nephew, or grandchild

· Adopting a child through the immigration process

· Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

October 7, 2022

· Quebec-selected investors

· Quebec-selected entrepreneurs

· Self-employed people (Quebec)

October 14, 2022

· Agri-food pilot

· Start-up visa

· Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence

October 21, 2022

· Home Support Worker Pilot

· Home Child Care Provider Pilot (reopens to new applications on January 1, 2023)

· Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

· Self-employed people (federal)

October 28, 2022

· Atlantic Immigration Program

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


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