Overseas Visa

Canada to process all pending visa applications by end of the year

Canada to process all pending visa applications by end of the year

As of August 2022, Canada had accepted around 300,000 new permanent immigrants from around the world and The Canadian government has stated that they want to settle the large backlog of 2.7 million visa applications by the end of this year.

Indians are the most common applicants for Canadian visas, including student, tourist, and business visas, as well as work permits and permanent residency. Over 230,000 Indian students have registered in post-secondary schools in Canada this year. according to Cameron MacKay, the country's high commissioner to India, Despite the unusual rise, Canada intends to return to normal processing times by the end of 2022.

Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has welcomed more than 300,000 immigrants in an entire year only six times: in the years 1911 to 1913 and then in 2018, 2019, and 2021. Following a drop in immigrants due to pandemic-related travel restrictions in 2020, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased immigration in 2021, completing the year with a record-breaking 405,330 newcomers. Despite this, IRCC did not reach 300,000 until the fourth quarter of that year.

Canada will surpass its immigration objective of giving permanent residency to more than 430,000 individuals this year, according to Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

On July 6, 2022, Canada restarted its all-program immigration lotteries, and on September 14, it held the sixth draw, granting 3,250 invites to apply for an 'Express Entry' visa.

According to a recent report, Canada may shortly discontinue its adherence to Covid vaccination regulations for tourists.