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Immigration to Canada can be quite a complex process: you need to meet the requirements, fill in all the necessary forms, collect (and translate, if needed) the documents and wait for the application to be approved.
It is no wonder that people began to question if there is a way to simplify the application process and make it easier for the candidate. The question is, will the technological advancements work to our advantage?
There are currently several key aspects in the immigration application process that can make it difficult for some candidates:
Ensuring that the application is filled out correctly takes a lot of time and energy, and can be frustrating for people without a background in immigration or law.
Taking advantage of technological developments and widespread use of the internet, a few start-up enthusiasts have developed an online program that would help candidates with their immigration application forms. Called FastGate, the software was designed as a platform to simplify (and speed up) the immigration process by allowing candidates to enter their information into the form once, and then to be able to print all the necessary CIC forms for the immigration application.
The goal of the platform is to help candidates avoid mistakes when they are filling in multiple immigration forms, since those mistakes can be extremely costly, sometimes resulting in the rejection of the application due to misrepresentation.
Presently, FastGate project is still in development. There is only one application available on the website – the adult citizenship application, which is currently being updated. The effectiveness of the application and its use still remain to be seen. The owners, a law student named Myles Kaufman and a developer named Cody Wong, are hoping to work with CIC directly to allow direct input from FastGate to CIC; however, CIC officials are not ready to comment on the likeliness of this collaboration.
On the one hand, creating a helpful software program seems like a good idea because:
On the other hand, there are a lot of questions that need to be addressed when creating an online platform for immigration:
It is possible that, if CIC chooses to collaborate on the project, the online software platform will prove to be a good tool that could be used by applicants – and potentially by immigration consultants themselves. However, currently it may be safer and more efficient to consult a professional for immigration advice and assistance. Here at Ashton, we will continue to keep a close eye on the tools that could help with immigration application process.
A Faster Gateway to Canadian Immigration – Torontoist
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