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Canada marks record-breaking year for IRCC

Posted by AKM Law on 24 January 2023
Canada marks record-breaking year for IRCC

In a news release dated December 19, 2022, the Minister announced the highlighted progress that has been made this year. Since August 2022, IRCC has reduced its overall inventory by nearly half a million applications and continues to finalize processing for many prior to the end of year. At the end of November, IRCC had processed 4.8 million applications which is nearly twice the 2.5 million processing during the same period last year.

The progression of processing comes after the recent decision to digitize most applications as of September 2022. Minister Mendicino notes that the department remains on track to meet its target goal to process 80% of new applications within service standards for most programs and continues to make strides in improving processing, to result in shorter waiting times for applicants.

Records as of November 30th:

  • 670,000 study permits were processed
  • 700,000 work permits were processed
  • 260,000 visitor visas were processed
  • 251,000 citizens were welcomed
  • 405,000 permanent residents were welcomed (Canada remains on track to reach its target of welcoming more than 431,000 new permanent residents)

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