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This video compares the advantages and disadvantages of using the old GCKey portal vs. the new IRCC portal for applying for Canadian study permits and visitor visas, including differences in sign-in methods, document upload limits, and form filling processes. The processing times for both portals are similar, and while the new portal allows for downloading the application summary, the old portal does not. Ultimately, the choice between the two portals depends on individual needs and preferences.
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The video discusses the similarities and differences between the old GCKey portal and the new IRCC portal for applying to come to Canada as a visitor or student.
The sign-in process is similar for both portals, except that the new portal requires registration and a reference code sent to your email.
There is no advantage or disadvantage in terms of sign-in for either portal.
The document upload limit is higher for the old portal (4 megabytes) compared to the new portal (2 megabytes), making the old portal more suitable for uploading a large number of files.
The new IRCC portal is more user-friendly for applying for study permits and visitor visas, as it allows for direct form filling without the need to download and upload documents.
In the old portal, you had to download forms and open them from the download folder before filling and validating them.
The new portal asks questions in the form of a questionnaire, eliminating the need to download and upload forms.
The new portal only requires basic information such as name, address, date of birth, occupation, and family details, making it easier to fill out.
The new IRCC portal requires applicants to upload a digital photo, while the old GCKey portal does not.
Processing times for both portals are similar, with some applicants reporting faster responses with the new portal.
The new portal allows applicants to download and view the application summary after submission, while the old portal does not.
The new IRCC portal allows users to see the list of uploaded documents, while the old GCKey portal does not.
In the new portal, users cannot download the uploaded documents, but they can in the old portal.
Both portals have the same application fee of $235 for study permit and visitor visa.
Required documents for both portals include admission letter, international passport, profile documents, and additional information (called client information in the old portal).
The new portal refers to additional documents as "additional information" while the old portal refers to it as "client information".
The video compares the new IRCC portal and the old GCKey for applying for Canadian study permits and visitor visas, stating that both are similar except for a few differences.
The new portal provides a biometric instruction letter within 24 hours of application.
The summary page is slightly different in the new portal compared to the old one.
The old portal is better for uploading larger-sized documents, while the new portal is beneficial for filling information directly.
If you don't have a passport photograph, you can use the old portal as it doesn't require uploading one.
00:00so if you're planning to apply to come
00:02to Canada whether as a visitor or as a
00:04student you know or you're thinking
00:06about which portal should I use should I
00:08use a GCT old Potter or the IRSC new
00:12portal and you're kind of thinking about
00:14what are some of the advantages and
00:15disadvantages of each of these products
00:18so in this video I'll talk about the
00:20similarities the differences and then
00:21you can decide the one that you want to
00:24use number one let's talk about the sign
00:27in in terms of creating account you know
00:29for the old portal you have to you know
00:32they're going to ask you some setting
00:34questions and some um you know
00:37questionnaire and some security
00:38questions and then you can choose a
00:41username and with that username you can
00:43choose a password and then login with
00:46the new portal you first it's almost the
00:48same thing the only difference is that
00:49with this you first have to register and
00:51they will send a reference call to your
00:53email it is that reference code you're
00:56going to use to do your sign and for
00:58this new portal you're going to mostly
01:01be using your email address and a
01:03password or signing so I was saying in
01:05terms of this there is no advantage or
01:08disadvantage of one over the other right
01:10that very similar the number two thing
01:14is going to be the document upload this
01:16is a lot of there's a lot of difference
01:18in this area in the old portal which is
01:21a GC key you are able to upload about
01:25four megabytes of of files right so if
01:28you have a lot of files you need to
01:29upload then you definitely want to go
01:33with this because with the new portal
01:35you can only upload two megabytes of
01:39five so if you are someone that has
01:42about you know 100 pages to uploading
01:45their client information and you you
01:47know when you start to compress and
01:49compress and compress then some of those
01:53um files are not going to be eligible
01:54for example the performance and other
01:56things it's just not going to be
01:58eligible so with this I'll say if you
02:00have a lot of files to upload then uh
02:04the old portal is actually going to win
02:06this the third thing I want to talk
02:08about today is going to be the forms
02:11this is where I think the main
02:13difference is with the old portal which
02:16if you want to feel like that
02:17application for study payment form or
02:20the application for visitors Visa what
02:23you're going to do is you have to
02:24download that form in the old portal and
02:27you know sometimes when you download
02:28that from you can't even open it like
02:30right away just download and click on
02:32open you have to go to your download
02:34folder and open it from there right so
02:37and then you have to fill that and then
02:39after filling you have to validate right
02:41so validate actually just helps you to
02:43see if there is any error it points that
02:46out and then you get to fix that if you
02:49want to want to do the application for
02:50temporary residence from the TRV the
02:545257b phone you have to download that
02:56that's how you have your travel history
02:58and other things you download that form
03:00and then you feel it but in the new
03:02portal this is just I think is the best
03:04part of it you see all those questions
03:07all those things to download in the form
03:09and you start to you know fill and then
03:11upload they're just going to ask you the
03:14question in form of a questionnaire form
03:16in the new ircc portal you know what's
03:19your name your passport number the
03:22school you're attending how much do you
03:24have what are your work experiences and
03:26and all of those things are just going
03:28to be filled even the family information
03:30that you have to download and upload and
03:34then feel and sign you know and then
03:36re-upload in the old product in the new
03:39portal you don't have to do that you
03:41just have to ask you you know um the
03:44name the address you know the date of
03:47birth the present occupation of you know
03:49your father your mother your your spouse
03:51your children and everything so you
03:54don't have to download so if you want to
03:57feel directly in fact if you want to
03:59feel with your phone the new portal is
04:02actually going to be more user friendly
04:04to use because with the old portal you
04:07are you can't even there's some a lot of
04:09computers that can't even open that PDF
04:12so if that is the situation you are you
04:15are not able to open that for maybe
04:17because of you have a tablet that don't
04:19have that Adobe Reader to open I would
04:22say try to use the new product because
04:24you can actually fill all of those
04:26directly in your in the phone and then
04:30let's talk about
04:32uh the digital photo you know in the new
04:34portal you have to upload digital photo
04:37right so digital photo more like a
04:40Canada's passport size photograph
04:42photograph it can be a white background
04:44but in the new portal you know the first
04:46time I used it I was actually surprised
04:48that they did not request for digital
04:51photograph to be uploaded okay so that's
04:54about it now the next thing is going to
04:57be the processing timing well
05:00it is very difficult to say which of
05:02them is faster okay
05:05um because when you go to ircc to check
05:07the processing time they're going to
05:09tell you you know four months or three
05:11months or seven weeks they're not going
05:13to tell you old portal is seven weeks
05:15and the new portal is three weeks right
05:18so it is there is really not a lot of
05:21difference although in time pass I I
05:24heard of someone saying they applied for
05:26a visiting and then in the old portal
05:29and it was taking like forever almost
05:31like six months to eight months they did
05:34not hear from them and then I think they
05:36canceled that and then they applied in
05:38the new portal and within the mod plus
05:40they got feedback for the visitors Visa
05:43so especially these days uh a lot of
05:46people using the old portal people are
05:48getting a response uh for their study
05:50application within 30 days or maybe like
05:53um you know five weeks or six weeks I
05:56haven't seen anyone that is more than
05:58two months in recent times so even with
06:01the old the the new portal is almost
06:03still the same that you know 30 days and
06:06you know five weeks as a case may be so
06:08processing time I would think they are
06:11pretty much the same
06:12another difference between these two is
06:15that with the old portal after filling
06:19up all the application you cannot
06:21download the application summary but
06:24with this new product after filling
06:25everything and submitting you can
06:28actually download the whole application
06:31summary and then you'll be able to view
06:34it again I mean even since you've
06:36already submitted so if you've made a
06:38mistake you know you might not be able
06:40to correct it because the application is
06:42submittable at least you can download
06:44the application summary and then view
06:46everything see all the questionnaire
06:49that the answer so I think that is a
06:51very good reference point maybe for
06:53future applications right instead of
06:55going to because with the iris I said
06:58once you've uploaded the documents the
07:00old portal you cannot really see the doc
07:02you cannot even download them although
07:04in the new portal once you've uploaded
07:06the documents you can see the list of
07:09documents you still cannot download them
07:11okay so I think this application summary
07:14is a little bit different between the
07:17two Porters first of let's talk about
07:19the similarities between the old and the
07:21new portal so as for references the new
07:24portal is the IRSC portal and the old
07:28portal is the GC key okay in terms of
07:31the fees so there is no one is actually
07:33cheaper so whether you're using the old
07:35or the new the solid permit application
07:38fee is the same 235 dollars you know as
07:42at the time this video is filmed so I
07:43don't know if they're going to change it
07:44in the future but it's been I think
07:46since I started doing application in
07:482007 2016 or 17 it hasn't changed so I
07:53don't know if it's going to change in
07:54the future but for now the fees is 235
07:59dollars for your visa fee and the
08:01biometric phase in both of the portal
08:04and uh in terms of the things that you
08:06have to upload in the new portal you
08:08also have to upload your admission
08:10letter you have to upload your
08:12international passport in both of the
08:14portals you have to upload the document
08:17for the profile in both portals and if
08:20you've done Medicals as well you have to
08:23upload that in both of the portals and
08:25then um for the additional information
08:27in the new portal they call it
08:29additional information in the new in the
08:32old portal they call it client
08:34information so they are basically the
08:36same thing okay so any additional
08:39document this is so you have to add
08:40things like your letter of explanation
08:42you know your police report and maybe
08:45reference letters educational
08:47credentials every other document you
08:49feel you've not uploaded this is a point
08:52to upload it okay I forgot to mention
08:55that in terms of the one that gives
08:58response to when you have to do the
09:00Biometrics they are pretty much the same
09:02okay so usually when you submit your
09:05application whether they order a new
09:06portal within you know less than 24
09:09hours you're going to get you know
09:11um a biometric instruction letter to go
09:14do your Biometrics and then um the last
09:17part I've already they talked about is
09:19going to be the summary page so it's a
09:22little bit different with how you see
09:25the summary page in the new portal and
09:27the output portable overall I think they
09:30are the same so if you try to decide
09:33which of them you should use think about
09:35you know all of the points I have
09:37mentioned just to summarize if you have
09:40a lot of documents to upload and you
09:42know that those documents if you reduce
09:44the file size that is if you compress
09:47too much it's going to really decrease
09:49the quality then the old portal is going
09:52to be better because you have about four
09:54Mega megabyte of data of sort of
09:58megabyte size to upload your your
10:00documents and then if you have
10:04um let's say a tablet that is unable to
10:07open that PDF you know especially that
10:09study permit application form then the
10:12all the new portal is going to be more
10:14beneficial because you can fill all of
10:17those information directly so apart from
10:19that there is really no major difference
10:23and if you don't have password
10:24photograph I mean if you're planning to
10:27come to Canada you should have the boat
10:28if by any chance you don't have passport
10:31photograph and then you can use the old
10:33portal because you will know the Newport
10:35I mean because you'll not be required to
10:37upload any passport photograph so that's
10:40going to be it so I'm not going to be
10:41deciding for you you look at all the
10:43things that I've mentioned and then see
10:46which applies to you and then decide on
10:49the one that you're going to use if you
10:51are concerned about processing time
10:52which of them is going to be faster I
10:54think I said now for study payment the
10:56approachment they are you know similar
10:58they are almost the same thing so so you
11:01decide and then I wish you all the best
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FAQs about This YouTube Video

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the old GCKey portal vs. the new IRCC portal for applying for Canadian study permits and visitor visas?

The advantages of using the old GCKey portal include a familiar sign-in method and the ability to access the application summary, while the disadvantages include the lack of document upload limits and a less streamlined form-filling process. On the other hand, the new IRCC portal offers differences in sign-in methods, document upload limits, and form filling processes, with the advantage of allowing for downloading the application summary but the disadvantage of not having document upload limits.

2. How do the processing times for the old GCKey portal compare to the new IRCC portal for Canadian study permits and visitor visas?

The processing times for both the old GCKey portal and the new IRCC portal are similar, ensuring a consistent experience for applicants. This allows individuals to make their choice between the portals based on other factors such as document upload limits and form filling processes.

3. What are the differences in sign-in methods between the old GCKey and the new IRCC portal for applying for Canadian study permits and visitor visas?

The old GCKey portal offers a familiar sign-in method for applicants, while the new IRCC portal introduces differences in sign-in methods. Understanding the variations in sign-in methods can help applicants make an informed decision when choosing between the two portals.

4. What are the document upload limits for the old GCKey portal and the new IRCC portal for Canadian study permits and visitor visas?

The old GCKey portal lacks document upload limits, while the new IRCC portal presents document upload limits. This difference in document upload limits is an important factor for applicants to consider when deciding between the two portals, ensuring that they can successfully upload all required documents.

5. How does the form filling process differ between the old GCKey portal and the new IRCC portal for Canadian study permits and visitor visas?

The old GCKey portal has a less streamlined form-filling process compared to the new IRCC portal, highlighting the importance of understanding the differences in form-filling processes. By evaluating these differences, applicants can select the portal that best aligns with their preferences and needs.

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