Immigration Canada Improves Online Functionality


Many temporary applications are now submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC – formerly CIC) through their online portal. These applications can include work permits, study permits, and temporary resident visas, along with renewals of such documents.

Until now, utilizing the IRCC online portal could only be done if someone filed his or her application through that portal. Effective immediately, even applicants who filed using other methods – notably paper-based mail-in applications – can register their applications to their online account, and receive IRCC communications through the portal rather than by mail or email. There may be reasons to file applications other than through the IRCC portal, but applicants can now access the same information that can be obtained by those who filed through the portal. This will enhance the ability of applicants, and their counsel, to secure information about cases, and may alleviate the need to, for example, call the IRCC helpline, which can sometimes be a frustrating experience.

Further enhancements to IRCC’s online portal are expected to continue, and we will apprise readers as information becomes available.

The information in this article is for general purposes only, and not intended as legal advice for any particular situation.

This post originally appeared on Kranc Associates. Copyright © 2016 Kranc Associates. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

About The Author

Benjamin A. Kranc Benjamin A. Kranc is senior principal of Kranc Associates, a leading Canadian corporate immigration law firm. He has many years of experience assisting clients in connection with Canadian immigration and business issues. Ben is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law. He is also on the ‘Who’s Who Legal’ list of foremost practitioners in Canadian corporate immigration, as well as rated as AV Preeminent® in a Martindale-Hubbell peer review. Ben has spoken at numerous conferences, seminars, and information sessions – both for professional organizations and private groups – about issues in Canadian immigration law, and has also taught immigration law at Seneca College in Toronto. In addition, Ben has written extensively. He is the author of a leading text on Canadian immigration law entitled “North American Relocation Law” (Thomson Reuters) and contributing immigration author to the “The Human Resources Advisor” (First Reference Books). Ben can be contacted at (416) 977-7500 ext. 226, or

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