IRCC requires immigration applications to be sent electronically, except in some cases.
Temporary residents in Canada seeking to extend their stay must apply electronically unless they are one of the exceptions.
Electronic applications became mandatory for most temporary residence applications on June 4, 2019. Applications need to be sent electronically if foreign nationals want to:
- extend or restore their immigration status;
- work or study in Canada; or
- come to Canada as part of a youth mobility arrangement.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the federal immigration department, allows some exceptions to this rule.
Source: CIC News