Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister has introduced new online services in Canada’s immigration system, to make things for the client’s experience and lessen the backlogs.
Since the pandemic, the globe has entered into a new digital world and suggested a need for an experienced modernized immigration system. Digitization has affected all the sectors including operations at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship and Canada (IRCC).
Following are the advancements that have been initiated for newcomers and future citizens.
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To reduce waiting times, some of the temporary and permanent residence applicants who are already in Canada have been exempted from the requirement of medical exams. This measure is applicable to people who qualify for certain criteria. Yet the criteria are to be released. IRCC anticipates that 180,000 newcomers will be benefited from this step.
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During the period June 2021 and March 2022, Canada waived the requirement of the medical exam. This initiative of taking new measures like reducing the wait times and increasing the processing times will help in the build-up of the team with 1,250 employees for immigration authorities.
IRCC has begun all the necessary steps to transit immigration applications to 100% digital for most of the permanent residence programs on September 23. The remaining and alternative formats of programs are made available for the people who are looking for accommodations.
IRCC devoted itself to making immigration applications digital since January 2022. Initially has plans to implement to make immigration department to be an online application portal in the spring or summer, of 2022.
The seven more permanent and temporary residence programs might get application status trackers by spring 2023. Similar to the status tracker that has been launched for partner, Spouse, and dependent child sponsorship applicants.
The citizenship application status tracker which was initiated in May 2021, for the clients will get an expansion to incorporate access to the spokesman sometime by end of this month.
IRCC has been keenly working on improving its online processing times tool to give precise information. Beginning of this fall, IRCC will be looking into more of the processing of an application.
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IRCC introduced a citizenship tool in August 2021 that allows certain citizenship applications to be submitted online. This tool is made open to allow groups of adults whose age is 18 or older to apply together.
IRCC has plans to extend the features of the tool to provide online applications for minors who are underage 18 by the year’s end. Canada already surpassed its citizenship goals for 2021-2022, by welcoming more than 217,000 new citizens.
Canada has already invited more than 116,000 new citizens during this fiscal year i.e., from April 1 to July 31 compared to 35,000 in the same period in 2021.
IRCC has already set a historic record by welcoming more than 405,000 new permanent residents to Canada in 2021. The new target in welcoming 431,000 permanent residents in 2022 and have already seen success in it. So far, Canada has welcomed 300,000 permanent residents till August 2022, comparatively surpassing the last year’s record and creating a milestone.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser considers Immigration as its people. It is basically about beginning a new job, reuniting with the family, and or building a new life in Canada.
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