Canada Immigration, what to expect in 2022
Good day ladies and gentlemen, this is IRC news and I am Joy Stephen, an authorized Canadian Immigration practitioner bringing out this release from the Polinsys studios in Cambridge, Ontario. Today is the 01st of Feb, 2022.
Hon Minister of Immigration Mr Sean Fraser is not sure when regular Express Entry draws will resume but admitted there was a lot of work to be done to reduce the inventory before CEC and FSW invitations can be issued again.
In a conference call, the Minister mentioned about possibly cutting the high skilled immigration numbers by as much has half to deal with the backlog. More information will be released when he released a report to Parliament this month. The minister also indicated that several economic immigrants will be landing in Canada this year through a variety of streams like PNP and the new AIP programs. He expects work permit processing including the Global Talent Pool to stabilize processing time sometime this year. “We are the best in world at welcoming large numbers of economic migrants to fill jobs in our communities,” he said. “But we need to do more. We need to be the best we can be. We need to continue to grow immigration levels.”
The conference call addressed several immigration priorities including Study Permits, Visitor Visa and Spousal Reunification. The minister also committed to returning study permit processing to the service standard in the coming months. The demand for Study permit has increased 32% compared to before Covid-19.
The Minister indicated that additional resources would be targeted in processing visitor visa applications.
Regarding Spousal reunification applications, The Minister said that that the backlogs have been addressed.
Now, regarding Permanent Resident Processing, Fraser said Canada planned to make final decisions on 147,000 PR applications in the first 3 months of 2022 which is double the 2021 figure for the same period. He expects to deal with the backlog by processing online even thought the paper submission would still be maintained. Another good news is the modernising of the process. From this month moving forward, spousal and dependent family reunification applicants can track the progress of their application through a online tracker. This tracker would become available for other classes of immigration in the future.
Regarding Citizenship applications, the minister is finding ways to expand virtual Citizenship ceremonies. There is also some work being done on self administration of oath by signed attestation which could reduce processing times. Online Citizenship tests are a success he said, with 5000 applicants completing their citizenship tests online every week.
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