Today, IRCC Minister Hon’ble Sean Fraser announced new measures to modernize immigration system and applicant’s experience with IRCC. Minister made following announcements in context of improving processing times:
- IRCC hired approximately 500 new processing staff, digitalized applications, and reallocated work among it’s offices around the world.
- IRCC is expanding the use of advanced data analytics to help officers sort and process visitor visa applications submitted from outside Canada. During the time the data analytics system has been used for visitor visas, it has been shown that routine files can be assessed 87% faster.
- New updates to IRCC’s online processing times tool to provide applicants with more accurate estimates of how long it will take to process their application.
- Most permanent residence and citizenship services will now use dynamic processing times, with updated calculations posted weekly, based on data from the previous 6 months.
- Dynamic processing times for temporary residence services are already in place, based on data from the past 8 or 16 weeks.
Minister Fraser also made following announcements
- Canada surpassed its goal to make 147,000 permanent residence final decisions in the first quarter of 2022. This was double the number of final decisions as compared to first 3 months of 2021.
- Furthermore, Canada landed 108,000 new permanent residents so far this year.
- In addition, Canada has exceeded its citizenship goals for 2021–2022, with over 210,000 new Canadian citizens.
- In 2021, record 169,000 work permit holders became permanent residents.
- IRCC finalized 560,000 study permit applications in 2021 which was 32% more than 2020.
“While navigating unprecedented challenges in Canada’s immigration system, we have kept client experience as our focus, leading to record levels of newcomers in Canada. Helping clients come to Canada quickly, with predictable processing times and efficient communication, remains a top priority for me. Canada is proud to be a destination of choice for so many people around the world, and we will continue to work hard to provide the best experience possible for them.”– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship