In today’s blog update, we will discuss about the influx of new applications to Canada’s immigration program.
Immigration minister Sean Fraser stated recently that Canada is set to increase its immigration limit by granting permanent residency to more than 430,000 people in 2022.
He was speaking to reporters in Vancouver, where he also commented that the Canadian government will also be entertaining 1,250 immigration applicants, which will be added to the Canadian workforce to give way to the record number of immigration applicants.
Canada’s government, which relies largely on immigration to move its country forward and support its aging population, has promised to boost its annual immigration, and that number is set to increase to an estimate of 451,000 permanent residents by 2024.
After taking charge of the government in the year 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has relied primarily on immigration to boost the economy of the country, setting a yearly target of about 1% of the country’s population.
Official statistics show that the Canadian population soared up to a whopping level of 37 million people in 2021, which increased 5.2% from 2016, because of immigrants.
Fraser also said in a statement that Canada has added more than 275,000 permanent residents by the end of July this year alone. Furthermore, he stated that this puts the Canadian government well on track to achieve the goal of adding over 431,000 permanent residents to the Canadian population.
With the country setting tight border restrictions because of the Coronavirus pandemic last year, Canada focused on granting permanent residency to some 401,000 temporary residents who were already in the country.
The country has also processed a staggering number of 3.73 million temporary resident applications by July, where that number was 2.97 million applications only a year ago.
Fraser further stated that the situation right now is that there are a record number of cases coming in for applications and a record number of productivity. For now, the demand has far exceeded their capacity to process the applications.
Fraser added that over 54% of the total applications were put on pending status, and new staff were hired to tackle that number and reduce waiting time for fresh applications.
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