In today’s blog, we will share how you can benefit from Canada’s plan to bring in 300,000 immigrants by March 2023.
The CIC news reported that the Canadian government is aiming to offer citizenship to 300,000 immigrants in the fiscal year 2022 – 2023. The memo suggested that IRCC will have to process a total of 285,000 decisions and 300,000 new citizens by March 31, 2023.
This memo was drafted for a senior official by the IRCC’s Operations, Planning and Performance division.
A decision is an application review that is either approved, denied, or marked as incomplete. The 300,000 citizenship target means that 300,000 approved applicants must take the oath for citizenship either virtually or in person.
The 300,000 citizenship mark for this fiscal is a significant increase from the 2021-2022 target and the pre-pandemic targets of 2019-2020. 253,000 citizenship applications were processed in 2019 – 2020 whereas 217,000 new citizens were welcomed in 2021 -2022.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC was unable to process most applications in March 2020. Only the paper applications that were mailed to a central location were able to be processed.
Canada has welcomed 116,000 new citizens this fiscal year compared to the same period last year. In 2021, only 35,000 people were sworn in as Canadian citizens. While the increased number of online applications has increased the processing time also. There were 413,000 applications in the inventory last June.
IRCC has hired 1,000 new staff members to clear the backlog. Also, applicants under the age of 18 will be eligible to submit an online application for citizenship by the end of the year.
Indian nationals are at the top of the list in every Canadian visa category, be it student, tourist, business, work permit, or permanent residence applications. As per an earlier report, India is in the leading position when it comes to applying for permanent residency (PR) in Canada, accounting for around one-third of landings in 2021.
Canada has around 1.4 million people of Indian descent as per a 2016 report. Last year, about 100,000 Indians moved to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and some 130,000 received work permits under the International Mobility Program. Also during 2021-2022, 210,000 permanent residents acquired Canadian citizenship.
Cameron Mackay, Canada’s high commissioner to India, informed in September 2022,
Canada is hoping to get back to normal visa processing duration by the end of 2022. Further stating that we are processing roughly 10,000 visas a week for Indian nationals which is still not fast enough.
Canada has witnessed a massive increase of 55% in visa applications in 2022 as opposed to the visa applications of 2019. Experts quote the pandemic as the reason for the unexpected rise in visa applications which is also causing the backlog.
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