IRCC Extends Deadline for Express Entry Applications

IRCC has extended the deadline for Express Entry applications affected by technical issues. Applicants with dependent children who are over the age of 18 and reside in Canada are affected. IRCC is working urgently to fix the issue and has contacted all affected applicants directly.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that it is extending the deadline for some Express Entry applications due to technical issues with the online form. The issue is affecting applicants with dependent children who are over the age of 18 and reside in Canada.

In response, the IRCC has taken swift action to address the problem and extend application deadlines for affected candidates.

IRCC has stated that it has contacted all affected applicants directly and is working urgently to fix the issue. In the meantime, the deadline to submit a permanent residence application for these applicants has been extended by an additional 60 days.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue,” said an IRCC spokesperson.


Technical Hurdles Disrupt Express Entry Submissions

Applicants in the Express Entry system, a pathway for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada, have encountered difficulties submitting their applications due to technical glitches within the online form. The malfunction has primarily impacted individuals with dependent children aged 18 and above who currently reside in Canada.

Direct Communication with Affected Applicants

In an effort to mitigate the impact of the technical hiccup, the IRCC has reached out directly to all affected applicants. The communication aims to provide clarity on the situation, assure applicants that their cases are being addressed, and offer guidance on the next steps.

Urgent Efforts to Resolve the Issue

The IRCC has assured the public that it is working urgently to rectify the technical problems with the online application form. A dedicated team is actively troubleshooting the issues to ensure a swift resolution and allow affected applicants to proceed with their Express Entry submissions seamlessly.

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Deadline Extension for Affected Applicants

Recognizing the challenges faced by applicants, especially those with dependent children over 18 residing in Canada, the IRCC has announced an extension of the deadline to submit permanent residence applications.

The extension provides affected individuals with an additional 60 days to complete and submit their applications, offering some relief amid the technical setback.

Reassurance for Applicants

In a statement, the IRCC expressed regret for any inconvenience caused by the technical difficulties and emphasized its commitment to assisting affected applicants throughout the resolution process.


The reassurance aims to instil confidence in applicants who may be concerned about the impact of the delay on their immigration plans. To keep the affected applicants and the public informed, the IRCC has maintained transparent communication channels.

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While the technical problems with the Express Entry online form have posed a temporary challenge for some applicants, the IRCC’s prompt response and commitment to resolving the issue demonstrate its dedication to ensuring a fair and efficient immigration process.

The extended deadline offers affected individuals the necessary time to complete their applications without undue stress.


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Manish Khandelwal
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Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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