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It’s easier to apply for Canadian visas

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched e-applications (e-apps) for temporary residents in December 2012.

Now, people applying for a Temporary Resident Visa, Visitor Extension, Study or Work Permit can do so online.

As of June 1, 2013, CIC received nearly 165,000 online applications. This represents approximately 21 per cent of CIC’s temporary resident application intake received to date.

CIC is committed to the delivery of simpler and more accessible quality services. E-apps is helping CIC to achieve this by optimizing the use of technology, enabling a more efficient application processing system and enhancing our ability to ensure program integrity and to protect against fraud.

In addition to online applications, there is a growing suite of online Web tools available on the CIC website. For example, the Help Centre is a one-stop Web portal where visitors can find quick and direct answers. The Come to Canada site helps potential immigrants to Canada determine the immigration programs that best suits them. Also, the new interactive Living in Canada tool for newcomers helps them adjust to life in Canada and find services. The tool includes an interactive map that allows people to find settlement organizations in their area.

In addition, several CIC videos are available to guide applicants through the process, explain recent reforms and highlight immigrant success stories.


Posted: Jul 31, 2013

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