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New IRCC Policy Clearing Up Visitor And Super Visa Backlog

Last Updated On 3 July 2023, 9:58 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

IRCC published the details of new temporary public policy on June 29, 2023 which has been speeding up the processing of visitor visa and super visa applications.

Originally, this public policy came in effect with signature of Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on February 28, 2023 and is valid until December 31, 2023.

As per the latest available data, IRCC has been managing around 2.25 million immigration and visa applications.

Out of these, 1.3 million are temporary resident visa applications which includes study permits, visitor visa, super visa, and work permits.

New IRCC temporary policy is aimed at clearing the accumulating visitor visa and super visa inventory to increase Canada’s appeal to visitors, families, and business people.

As of now, this policy is only applicable to visitor visa or super visa applications submitted on or before January 16, 2023.

Under this new policy, visa officer may not assess whether a foreign national will leave Canada by end of the period authorized for their stay, while processing an application for a visitor visa or super visa.

This will save processing time by removing an extra task of assessing the above information and result in clearing of backlog at faster pace.

It is important to note that this specific reason has long been one of the most used refusal reasons for visitor visas.

Furthermore, this new policy only for visitor visas also allow visa officer an exemption to waive off “requirement for a foreign national not to be inadmissible for financial reasons.”

This is also one of the common refusal reasons that visa officers uses to refuse visitor visa applications stating “an applicant does not have enough funds to support their stay in Canada.”

Facilitating the processing of existing applications in the inventory by reducing eligibility standards would prepare Canada for a fresh start and a return to pre-pandemic processing timelines, maintaining our worldwide competitiveness in the future.

Automated IRCC Processing

Canadian immigration department has been using automated processing for administrative tasks to streamline and expedite processing of temporary resident applications.

As per the immigration department, they have been using advanced analytics and other automated technology to improve the processing of certain temporary applications.

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The new automated tools only aid in the sorting and processing of applications, but never refuses or suggests refusals.

According to our sources, Canadian immigration is currently using automated processing for visitor visas and visitor record (extension), but recently also processing study permit with same automation tools.

Previously, there have been a lot of concerns raised regarding the use of ‘CHINOOK’ to process applications and immigration pundits say they have noticed Chinook refusing a visa application.

However, the Immigration Department as well as Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has repeatedly kept their stance stating that an immigration officer always decides to approve or refuse applications.

How does automation tools process temporary visa applications? 

When an application is submitted, the tool sorts your application and determine whether it fits the key eligibility conditions.

If it is eligible, the program will forward it to an officer who will check eligibility and make the ultimate decision.

To sort applications, the algorithm employs machine learning and data from past IRCC applications.

The tool aids in the elimination of repetitive and clerical tasks associated with evaluating each application.

It will aid in the processing of applications and the distribution of decisions.

What can you do to ensure smooth processing of visa application via automation? 

To ensure that the new automated tool deems your application’s eligibility, you should:

1. Make certain that you submitted a full application.
2. Include the needed information on all forms.
3. Provide any supporting documentation in advance.
4. If your application contains anything unexpected or unusual, provide a letter of explanation.
5. Make your application and explanation letter as clear as possible.


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