Canada allocated $85 million in its 2021 Budget to improve immigration services and increase new Canada immigration applications in the coming years. Keeping this in mind, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in an interview laid out a roadmap for immigrating to Canada in 2022.
Fraser hopes to improve immigration services by returning to processing service standards for study permits, work permits, and permanent resident card renewals by the end of 2022. Using the $85 million budget, his department is also working on systems to reduce processing times for visitor visas and proof of citizenship.
Minister promises to make about 147,000 permanent residence final decisions in the first quarter of 2022 itself. His department is looking at options for Express Entry candidates in Canada who may have to leave their jobs or go back to their home countries while IRCC holds off on draws for certain candidates,
“Many people are choosing Canada as the place to visit and build their future, and to ensure that we stay competitive, we have introduced concrete measures to make sure those who want to come to Canada have the client experience they deserve,” noted Sean Fraser in a media release.
Digitizing Canada Immigration Applications
Canada is sitting on more than 1.8 million backlogs. People waiting on decisions include citizenship applicants, temporary foreign workers, families, students, refugees, and visitors. The Express Entry backlog alone stands at about 119,000 applicants as of December 2021.
|Canada will introduce a new Permanent Residence Application Tracker in February 2022 for spouses and dependents, to allow applicants to see their application information and status online.|
Minister is confident of reducing the backlogs by digitizing more Canada immigration applications. Here are some initiatives already in place or yet scheduled to be implemented soon:
- The online application portal will be fully implemented in the spring or summer of 2022. IRCC has achieved some initial success with a pilot run. It allowed average processing times for spousal sponsorship applicants to return to the service standard of 12 months for new applications.
- The actual anticipated processing times for economic immigration programs are much longer than what it says on the government website. Minister said his department is introducing an improvised online processing times tool to give IRCC clients more up-to-date estimates of how long it will take to process their Canada immigration applications.
- IRCC is using advanced data analytics to speed up Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) Canada immigration applications, reducing assessment time by 87 per cent.
- Since April 1, 2020, Canada has sworn in 170,000 new Canadians with the help of online testing, an online application tracker, and virtual citizenship ceremonies.
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