In a recent announcement, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that they will be adding four new categories to the online application status tracker system. With these status trackers, clients will be able to keep track of their applications and be informed of any updates regarding actions that may be required to move their files forward.
The new status tracker will not only be applicable to Express Entry candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP), but it will also be applicable to candidates in Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
Among the two most prominent economic immigration pathways for newcomers, Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs are the two most prominent. Through the combination of the two pathways, Canada expects to receive almost 190,000 immigrants by the year 2025. The number of immigrants is expected to rise to more than 230,000 by the year 2025.
IRCC data shows 47,868 Express Entry applicants and 66,214 PNP applicants waiting in the queue as of January 31. In order to increase transparency, status trackers provide clients with direct access to information more efficiently than contacting IRCC otherwise.
IRCC’s online status trackers are another effort to improve access to information. In the coming months, more types of applications will be able to track their status as part of the ministry’s commitment to increasing transparency.
As part of IRCC’s digital strategy, applicants will have easier access to their information with this event. IRCC introduced online status trackers for family class permanent residence applicants, sponsors, and representatives in exactly one year.
A digital transition to 100% digital applications was announced by IRCC last September. Between September and October 2022, the department made it possible to apply online for:
- 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
Aside from this, there are several other economic immigration programs as well, such as the temporary resident permit holders who are applying for permanent residence, the Atlantic Immigration Program, and the Quebec Immigration Program, among others.
- Quebec-selected investors
- Quebec-selected entrepreneurs
- Self-employed people (Quebec)
The Immigration and Refugees Canada (IRCC) has already digitized much of the process for applying for citizenship in Canada. At the moment, permanent residents over 18 can apply online for citizenship, including if they are applying as a couple or as a family of four.
Applicants under 18 must still submit their applications on paper, and if a family is applying with children under 18, the entire family must submit a paper application.