Canada aims to have 300,000 immigrants by 2023

Canada aims to grant citizenship to 300,000 immigrants in fiscal year 2023. CIC News in its memo recommends that the IRCC process a total of 285,000 decisions and 300,000 new citizens by March 31, 2023.

The memo was drafted by the IRCC’s Operations, Planning and Performance Division for senior officer Cameron McKay.

A decision is a review of an application which is then marked as Approved, Rejected or Incomplete. The citizenship target means that 300,000 accepted applicants will have to take the oath of citizenship. The oath can be taken personally or even virtual.

With the 300,000 citizenship mark in this financial year, there is a massive increase from the 2021-2022 target and the 2019-2020 pre-pandemic targets. 253,000 citizenship applications were processed in 2019-2020, while 217,000 new citizens have been welcomed in 2021-2022.

In March 2020, IRCC became unable to process most of the applications due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as the department was able to process only paper applications that were mailed at a central location.

Canada has welcomed 116,000 new citizens so far this fiscal year compared to the same period last year. In 2021, Canada had only 35,000 people sworn in as citizens of the country. With the increasing number of online applications, the processing time also increased. As of June 2021, 413,000 applications were on the list.

To clear the backlog, IRCC has hired 1,000 new staff members. Meanwhile, minors (under the age of 18) will now be eligible to apply for citizenship online till the end of the year.

Indian tops every category of Canadian visa which includes student, tourist, business and work permits and permanent residence applications. Also as per earlier reports, when it comes to applying for permanent residency (PR) in Canada, India is in the lead position with almost a third landing in 2021.

According to the country’s 2016 report, there are about 1.4 million people of Indian origin in Canada, as reported by IANS. According to the report, last year, around 100,000 Indians migrated to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and around 130,000 got work permits under the International Mobility Program. During 2021-2022, more than 210,000 permanent residents also acquired Canadian citizenship.

In September 2022, Cameron McKay, Canada’s High Commission in India, informed that Canada expects to return to the normal visa pro processing time by the end of 2022. “We process about 10,000 visas a week for Indian nationals and it is not fast enough.

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