Canada sets a new record this year for processing application & clearing backlogs

by Mansi Sahai Published on 24/Dec/2022

The immigration department of Canada, i.e. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set a new record for processing the immigration application and clearing the backlogs. In fact, the Pandemic backlogs shrank by closely half a million applications in 4 months. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken some key steps in last few months to toughen Canada’s immigration system—dropping wait times, and streamlining services.

This week, Canadian immigration minister Sean Fraser, emphasized on the development that has been made in 2022, in decreasing backlogs of immigration applications.

Highlighting the efforts of the IRCC, the minister said, “Our government has reduced its pandemic backlogs by nearly half a million, while also processing a record-breaking number of immigration applications this year. Our actions are ensuring that we can continue to welcome and support newcomers who come to Canada to work, study, visit, or settle here. It is through the dedication and hard work of those who administer our immigration system, and our willingness to modernize and adapt, that we are able to uphold Canada’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive country.”

Immigration measure taken by Government of Canada this year

Here are a few key measures the government has taken this year:

  • In August 2022, the immigration minister underlined IRCC’s plan to fortify Canada’s immigration system and decrease application backlogs, with an emphasis on addressing labour shortages, refining client experience, and reunifying families.
  • To keep people up to date on advancement toward decreasing backlogs, IRCC publishes monthly data on its website.
  • Through the EMPP, partner organizations help skilled refugees foreign connect with employers who require meeting labour shortages. On December 13, 2022, new funding was announced for partner organizations to expand EMPP to more refugees that are skilled. 
  • The AIP (Atlantic Immigration Program)—which became a PR Program in early 2022—is a pathway to PR visa for skilled overseas workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution who wish to work and live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces. 
  • The International Mobility Program Plus, launched in May 2022, is a new work permit option for Quebec-selected permanent residence candidates.

Considering the above factors, it is perfect time for the aspirants to plan, prepare and apply for immigration to Canada on Permanent Resident (PR) Visa.

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