For years, Canada has been dealing with backlogs in processing its record levels of immigration applications. With a backlog that had grown to over one million cases in 2018, it had become increasingly difficult for the federal government to process applications on time. Thankfully, this has changed in the past year as Canada has announced it has cleared nearly 4.8 million applications from the backlog, bringing the total up by a double from 2.5 million in 2021.
The Canadian government has worked to reduce these backlogs and recently announced that backlogs have been reduced by nearly half a million. This is a significant accomplishment and will help expedite the processing of immigration applications. The government has also implemented new measures to further reduce the backlogs and ensure a smoother process for applications.
The backlog itself was caused by several factors. First, the number of applications that Canada was receiving was simply too high compared to the available processing capacity. This caused a bottleneck in the system, resulting in a large number of applications waiting to be processed. The backlog was also caused by an aging immigration system that had not been updated for some time. This caused several performance issues, further contributing to the backlog.
However, the government has recently invested substantial resources in modernizing the immigration system, which has helped to reduce the backlog significantly. These initiatives have included changes to the immigration system, such as the introduction of the Express Entry immigration system and the implementation of an expedited processing system for certain immigration categories. In addition, the government has also increased the number of resources available for immigration processing, including additional staff in processing offices and immigration officers in embassies and consulates abroad.
Finally, the government has also implemented some measures to ensure that applications are complete and accurately filed. This includes the introduction of electronic application forms, which have reduced the time taken to process applications. These measures have helped to reduce the backlogs significantly.
Record-breaking results post reduction in backlog :-
The Canadian government is firm on its aim to clear 80% of new applications to meet its goals of processing applications faster to give its clients a shorter wait time. Due to the efforts put into reducing backlog cases, IRCC was able to process 6,70,000 study visa applications surpassing its own record of 5,00,000 applications in the previous year.
Moreover, 7,00,000 work permits were processed in 2022 as compared to the low numbers in 2019 – 2021. There has also been a rise in the number of visitor visas that have been processed which has significantly increased from 1,80,000 applications per month in 2019 to more than 2,60,000 applications per month in 2022. Canada also welcomed 4,31,000 new residents by giving them PR in 2021 which is almost double the number of PR’s that were given in 2022.
The Canadian government has achieved an incredible feat this year by reducing its immigration backlogs by nearly half a million applications. This is an impressive milestone that points to the country’s determination to make the immigration process smoother and more efficient for those wishing to live, work, and build a better life in Canada.