The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, recently made an announcement regarding the establishment of a task force that will consist of a cross-section of ministers in order to improve government services. This will include addressing delays in the processing of immigration applications and passports.
A little more than 2 million applications are now waiting to be processed in Canada’s immigration system; as a result of the epidemic, even the processing of visas for temporary workers and students has been delayed.
The Immigration Levels Plan for the next three years (2022-24) intends to maintain Canada’s policy of accepting immigrants at a rate of about 1 percent of the country’s total population. This consists of a goal of 4.31 million permanent inhabitants in the year 2022, 4.47 million in the year 2023, and 4.51 million in the year 2024.
The backlog of applications for permanent residency that had accumulated as a result of the epidemic has already been prioritised by the authorities in Canada, who have increased their efforts to expedite these applications. The Canadian government’s immigration agency, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), said in a statement that it had exceeded its goal of making 1,47 lakh permanent residence final decisions in the first quarter of 2022. This represents a doubling of the number of decisions made during the same time period in 2021. As a direct result of these efforts, Canada has already welcomed more than 1.08 lakh new permanent citizens so far in 2017. (January to March).
It is anticipated that drawings for Express Entry will resume across all streams beginning in the month of July. In addition, the government of Canada is considering modifying the Express Entry lottery in a way that would allow the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to more effectively react to a diverse range of shifting economic requirements and government goals. Some of the prerequisites for eligibility might include previous job experience, a certain level of education, or certain linguistic capabilities.