IRCC processing capacity in the Indo-Pacific region

IRCC to increase application processing capacity locally and in the Indo-Pacific region

On November 30, 2022, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a new investment to boost Canada’s application processing capacity domestically and in the Indo-Pacific region. The Indo-Pacific comprises 40 countries and economies, including New Delhi, Chandigarh, Islamabad and Manila.

According to IRCC’s announcement, the investment of $74.6 million over 5 years, and $15.7 million ongoing, will bolster ongoing efforts to process the high volume of visa applications from the region. Moreover, it will contribute to improved processing times. Canada’s goal is to support people-to-people ties by bringing more people to visit, study, work or immigrate permanently to the country, in a faster way.

“The Indo-Pacific region is vital for Canada’s immigration and will continue to be in the future. Today’s announcement brings significant new funding to help boost Canada’s visa application processing capacity at home and abroad. As we look to record growth in admissions in the years ahead, this funding will help promote greater diversity among those looking to visit, study, work or live in Canada.”

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Canada and the Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific is one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world. According to Global Affairs Canada, by 2030, the Indo-Pacific will be home to two-thirds of the global middle class.

In recent years, the Indo-Pacific region has accounted for nearly two-thirds of the international students Canada welcomes. “Thousands of those students transition to permanent residence in Canada each year” said IRCC’s announcement.

<<More than half a million people speak predominantly Mandarin or Punjabi at home in Canada>>

In addition, in 2021, India, China and the Philippines were the top 3 source countries for permanent residents to Canada. This accounted for 44% of admissions combined.

Building on Canada’s historical and cultural ties with the Indo-Pacific, on November 27, 2022, the country launched the Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.

About Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy reflects Canada’s values and builds on the extensive long-standing partnerships with countries in the region. The strategy includes 5 interconnected strategic objectives:

  1. Promoting peace, resilience, and security
  2. Expanding trade, investment, and supply-chain resilience
  3. Investing in and connecting people
  4. Building a sustainable and green future
  5. Canada as an active and engaged partner in the Indo-Pacific

In terms of immigration, the funding received through the Indo-Pacific Strategy will help strengthen Canada’s International Student Program. It will also promote greater diversity in the region among those looking to study here. “

By giving them access to permanent residence and job opportunities that could lead to staying in Canada, these investments will attract students, who frequently become the highly skilled workers Canada needs to meet the challenges of our economy today and tomorrow.”


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