Today, IRCC Minister, Hon’ble Sean Fraser presented in front of the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He was also joined by other members of parliament and IRCC staff. This was a 2-hour long discussion on studying backlogs in IRCC as well as immigration levels plan for 2022-2023.
Minister’s opening remark stated that Canada would continue the effort to welcome record number of skilled workers to help with Canadian economy recovery from pandemic. Furthermore, he added that IRCC will be prioritizing family reunification and offering shelter to vulnerable including Afghan and Ukrainians fleeing crisis.
With current funding, Canada is ready to welcome 431,645 permanent residents in 2022 and 447,055 permanent residents in 2023, he added.
Shadow minister, Jasraj Singh Hallan raised questions on welcoming Afghans and visa free travel for Ukrainians. He also raised concerns of long time in getting biometric appointment by Ukrainians. Concerns were also raised on internal racism in IRCC and delay in processing of caregivers applications.
In regards to express entry draws resuming in July 2022, Minister Fraser emphasized that federal high skilled draws are important. Furthermore, he added that IRCC will also get back to normal standard of processing around the same time. He said, TR to PR was important to fill in the gap of express entry draws during the pandemic.
Questions were also raised regarding limiting the number of queries for MP offices as well as PRTD (Permanent Residence Travel Documents) for Canadians outside Canada.
You can watch full official video on the below link.