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Posted on December 21 2022

First time ever! IRCC acts on about 5 million Canada visa applications in 2022

By Editor
Updated December 05 2023

Highlights: IRCC processed close to 5 million Canada visa applications in 2022

  • In 2022, IRCC set an all-time record in the processing of Canada visa
  • Close to 5 million (4.8 million) applications for Canada visas were processed in 2022.
  • IRCC has taken definitive steps toward improving its processing efficiency, including digitization.

In 2022, IRCC set an all-time record by processing close to 5 million (4.8 million) Canada visa applications. This number is almost double the number IRCC reached in 2021.

With this achievement, Canada is on track to achieve and even exceed its immigration levels plan for 2022 of 431,000 new permanent residents. With this possibility in sight, you must have more confidence in the sheer number of opportunities for immigration Canada will generate for you in 2023.

Here’s a brief of the number of applications that were processed in 2022, categorized by visa type:

Visa type No. of applications
Work permits 700,000
Study permits 670,000

Also read: IRCC introduces Indo-Pacific Strategy to increase Canada Immigration

Between April 2022 and November 2022, 251,000 new citizenship applications were approved, and new Canadian citizens were added to the Canadian population.

On the occasion of this accomplishment, Sean Fraser made this statement:

“Our actions are ensuring that we can continue to welcome and support newcomers who come to Canada to work, study, visit, or settle here. It is through the dedication and hard work of those who administer our immigration system, and our willingness to modernize and adapt, that we are able to uphold Canada’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive country.”
Sean Fraser, Immigration Minister of Canada

Also read: What is IRCC’s strategic plan for Indians to migrate to Canada?

How IRCC achieved it

In 2022, IRCC had a hard task at hand to deal with processing a large number of applications for various visas in Canada. The voluminous task was handled with some very wise steps taken that increased its efficiency.

A major step was to digitize the application process for Canada immigration and citizenship in Canada. Another step that helped IRCC achieve this record number of applications being processed was the decision to recruit 1,250 new staff in 2022.

Also read: Sean Fraser: Canada launches new online immigration services on Sep 1

Right now, IRCC aims to process 80 percent of visa applications within service standards. This will be done across all lines of business in Canada. This means that the standard time for processing various types of Canadian visas will be maintained without fail.

Soaring ambitions for Canada immigration

Here we give you a glimpse of the number of newcomers IRCC is planning to bring in the period 2023 – 2025.

Immigration Class 2023 2024 2025
Economic 266,210 281,135 301,250
Humanitarian 15,985 13,750 8,000
Refugee 76,305 76,115 72,750
Family 106,500 114,000 118,000
Total 465,000 485,000 500,000

For more information on the Canada immigration levels plan 2023-2025, visit “Canada targets 1.5 million migrants by 2025”.

If you are willing to migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the world.

Global citizens are the future. We help make it possible through our immigration services.

Also Read: Apply for Canada PR under the Parents & Grandparents Program by Dec 24, 2022


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