What are the new measures taken by the IRCC to reduce the processing delays ? Let’s find out.

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The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, the Honorable Sean Fraser, announced today measures to improve customer service and modernize the immigration system. These steps are part of a larger strategy to solve the applicants’ most pressing issues and deliver the more consistent processing speeds they expect and deserve.

Many talented and skilled entrants are known to have waited a long time during the pandemic. The Government of Canada proposed $85 million in increased financing to reduce application inventories in the Economic and Fiscal Update 2021. The investment will support extra employees, allowing IRCC to welcome persons who can help address labour shortages and restore to processing service standards in several programmes, including study permits, work permits, and permanent residence card renewals, before the end of this year. IRCC is  also aiming to speed up the processing of visitor visas and citizenship procedures.

These enhancements will expand on what Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has previously done to cut wait times, such as adding nearly 500 extra processing personnel, digitising applications, and reallocating work throughout our global locations.

IRCC is expanding the use of advanced data analytics to assist officers in sorting and processing visitor visa applications filed from outside Canada to help speed up the processing activities. During the period the data analytics system has been used for visitor visas, it has been demonstrated that routine files may be assessed 87 percent faster, resulting in some applicants obtaining decisions sooner while maintaining program integrity. Although the final decision will always be made by an IRCC officer, this method will improve client service by assisting IRCC in managing the growing volume of visitor visa applications.

In 2021, the IRCC made more than half a million determinations on permanent residence applications. IRCC is  expanding their processing capacity even more, and IRCC expects to make 147,000 permanent residency final judgments in the first quarter of 2022, more than tripling what we did in the same period last year.

In summer 2022, IRCC will expand the digital application platform to include more clients in order to better help permanent residency applicants. The move to an online application process will reduce COVID-19-related delays connected with paper submissions, and clients will receive quick confirmation that their application was filed properly. Efforts to date have resulted in average processing times for spousal sponsorship applicants returning to the 12 month service standard for new applications.

IRCC understands that clients demand more convenient access to case status information. That is why, in February 2022, IRCC will launch a new Permanent Residence Application Tracker for wives and dependents, allowing clients to check the status of their applications online.

To overcome COVID-19-related issues and speed up the process, the IRCC has developed a new portal that allows permanent residence candidates in Canada to complete their applications and get their permanent residency cards without having to meet in person. This portal was used by 225,000 permanent residents from June to December 2021.

IRCC has introduced online testing, built an online application tracker, and launched virtual citizenship ceremonies for citizenship applicants. IRCC has been hosting roughly 350 virtual ceremonies every month over the previous few months, with over 170,000 new Canadians sworn in since April 1, 2020. We’re still expanding our use of virtual ceremonies. Moving forward, we’re looking into a self-administered Oath by signed attestation option for people who want to celebrate their citizenship later. For individuals towards the end of their citizenship process, this would reduce the amount of time they have to wait.

IRCC is committed to providing useful, timely, and honest information to clients as their work progresses. This includes, in the coming months, updating their online processing times tool to provide our clients with more current estimates of how long it will take to process their applications. IRCC keeps working on ways to streamline how they deliver these services and programs so that Canada remains a top destination for visitors from across the world.

Source: www.canada.ca

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