Apply for Canadian citizenship? Immigration service updates system. Details here

In an effort to make the citizenship and immigration process faster and smoother, the Canadian government launched new online services this month. According to CIC News, “Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has introduced new online services across Canada’s immigration system, aimed at improving the client experience and reducing backlogs.”

Recently, Fraser visited the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processing center in New Waterford, Nova Scotia to announce new online services in our immigration system, helping to improve the customer experience. and reduce backlogs.

Reduced waiting time

To help further reduce wait times and build on the hiring of 1,250 new employees to eliminate backlogs and increase processing capacity, the Minister will exempt permanent and temporary resident applicants who are already in Canada and who meet certain criteria for the immigration medical examination requirement.

To quickly process family reunification applications during the pandemic, IRCC has begun conducting telephone and video interviews with sponsors and applicants.

The department was able to accommodate more than 69,000 spouses, partners and children in 2021.

IRCC has resumed in-person interviews at Canadian and international offices. To provide spousal sponsorship clients with increased flexibility, the department will continue to offer virtual interviews to clients.

“We are also working to expand the availability of virtual interviews at our overseas offices, including through a pilot project allowing spousal sponsorship and other clients to participate in virtual interviews at select application centers. visa rather than having to visit a visa office,” IRCC said.

Develop online applications for public relations

Access to the online application portal for clients has now been extended to the majority of permanent residence applicants. IRCC will begin the transition to 100% digital applications for most permanent residency programs on September 23, with alternative formats available for those in need of housing.

In 2021, IRCC set a historic record by admitting over 405,000 new permanent residents to Canada. For 2022, they aim to provide PR to 431,000.

As of August 22, Canada was home to over 300,000 permanent residents.

Canada exceeded its citizenship targets for 2021-2022, with over 217,000 new Canadian citizens. So far this fiscal year (April 1 to July 31), Canada has welcomed more than 116,000 new citizens, compared to 35,000 during the same period last year.

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