Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on September 1 announced new measures to digitize immigration services. Canada is also promising new exemptions, more application status trackers to improve client experience and reduce immigration backlogs. Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship and Canada (IRCC) will begin transitioning to 100% digital applications for most permanent residence programs on September 23.
By spring 2023, seven more permanent residence and temporary residence programs will have application status trackers like the one launched in February for spousal, partner and dependent child sponsorship applicants.
Canada already has the citizenship application status tracker that launched in May 2021. It will be expanded to include access to representatives like CICC-certified consultants sometime this month.
Fraser said in the release. “As we look to strengthen our immigration system by updating our technology, people – our clients – must be at the center of all that we do. By adding resources where they are needed, and leveraging technology to make processing faster and applying easier for our clients, we can give newcomers and new citizens the welcoming experience they deserve.”
Earlier IRCC raised the need to update aging technology to meet current demand aggravated by the recent pandemic. At the end of July, about 54% of immigration applications in the system have been there longer than the service standard.
IRCC is targeting to process 80 per cent of new applications within their service standards.
In this context, IRCC will start publishing monthly data on their website and share more information in the coming weeks on additional measures being undertaken to improve the current system for immigration. Canadian Immigration Applications Going 100% Digital From September 23
Canada Targeted More Than 300,000 New Permanent Residents so far in 2022
IRCC plans to welcome more than 431,000 permanent residents in 2022. As of August 22, Canada has targeted over 300,000 permanent residents to Canada, surpassing the milestone earlier than in any previous year. In the same period, about 349,000 new work permits have been issued, including 220,000 open work permits (OWP). An OWP allows permit holders to work anywhere in Canada in most occupations. Most likely beneficiaries include spouses of principal applicants.
Study permit applications in Canada also saw 31% increase over 2021 levels with 360,000 permits finalizing so far in 2022.
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