Posted on August 25 2022
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The Immigration Minister of Canada, Sean Fraser stated, that the ongoing work of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) must reduce the application backlogs and focus on improving the client experience and looking into labor shortages.
The IRCC has declared that it will hire almost 1,250 new employees to accelerate the processing capacity and decrease the backlog, while putting efforts to make the system more efficient in the long term, and this is said to be considered as an immediate measure.
IRCC states that, the new hires will reduce the wait time for the application and permit new applications to be processed, along with the standard of service, which is of six months for Express Entry programs.
IRCC has invited 405,0000 new permanent residents to Canada in 2021, with a target of 431,000 invitations in 2022, depending on the Immigration Levels Plan.
275,000 new permanent residents have arrived between January 1 to July 31 of 2022, and in the same time, 349,000 new work permits have been issued, including 220,000 open work permits (OWP). In most of the occupations, an open work permit allows immigration candidates to work anywhere in Canada.
With 360,000 work permits finalized so far in 2022, there was also an increase in study permit applications, which was more than 31 percent from the total number of study permits that have been issued in the same time in 2021.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) notes that, the processing delays have been worsened because of Canada's response to updating aging, technology and humanitarian crises to meet the present demand.
According to reports, around 54 percent of the applications in the system had existed longer than the service standard at the end of July, across all lines of business. The IRCC states that, it is currently working on processing 80 percent of new applications within their standard of service.
The IRCC's backlog has nearly increased thrice all through the pandemic, and the latest report on the backlog indicates almost 2.7 million applicants in mid-July. However, the latest data that was released by IRCC points out the backlog that has been declined to 2.4 million applicants as of July 31, 2022.
As per the new IRCC report, 47 percent of the current 639,500 permanent residence applications are to be processed within its service standards. Meanwhile, 41 percent of the 1.4 million temporary residence applications are within its service standards.
65 percent of the 379,000 citizenship applications are currently being processed within the IRCC's service standards, and the department mainly targets to process 80 percent of applications within its service standards.
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