Canadian citizenship at 300,000 by March 31, online applications for minors by the end of the year

Canada will grant citizenship to 300,000 people in the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The memo from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) set the target for the number of new citizens Canada will welcome by March 31.

The IRCC memo was written by the Operations, Planning and Performance division of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a senior official. It recommends that IRCC process a total of 285,000 decisions and 300,000 new citizens by March 31, 2023.

A request is either approved, denied, or marked as incomplete. The goal means that 300,000 approved applicants must take the oath of citizenship in Canada. The oath of citizenship would be done either in person or virtually.

Canadian citizenship at 300,000 applicants would exceed pre-pandemic targets for 2019-20. In 2020, IRCC Canada was unable to process most applications for granting citizenship to individuals as the world was hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the department could only process applications online.

No interviews could be conducted and no citizenship granting ceremony took place.

In 2019-2020, 253,000 citizenship applications were processed. The year 2021-2022 welcomed 217,000 new citizens. So far in the 2022-2023 fiscal year, 116,000 new citizens have taken the oath of citizenship and the target of 300,000 is expected to be reached.

During the same period in 2021, Canada had only sworn in 35,000 people as citizens of the country.

With the increase in the number of online applications, the processing time has also increased. Last June, 413,000 applications were in inventory.

To deal with the backlog, IRCC hired 1,000 new staff. Meanwhile, minors (those under 18) will now be able to apply for citizenship online by the end of the year.

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