Minister Fraser says processing standards could return to normal soon

Minister Fraser says processing standards could return to normal soon

On May 12, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser participated in a new study on IRCC’s application backlogs and processing times. The study is conducted by the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. The committee monitors some federal policies, as well as the immigration department and refugee board. Normally, after conducting a study, the committee makes recommendations to guide immigration policy.

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During the two-hour meeting, Fraser told the committee that Canada would continue the effort to welcome a record number of skilled workers to help with the Canadian economic recovery. Furthermore, he added that IRCC will be prioritizing family reunification and offering shelter to the vulnerable. This includes Afghans and Ukrainians fleeing the crisis.

In regards to Express Entry draws resuming in July 2022, Minister Fraser emphasized that federal high-skilled draws are important. Furthermore, he added that IRCC will also get back to a normal standard of processing around the same time.

“When we resume the draws in July, we are also going to be back to the ordinary service standard rather than having an unpredictable amount of time before a person would be resettled as a permanent resident.  Getting back to a reasonable volume and reasonable processing times is not just good to give peace of mind to the applicant. But, certainty to potential employers as well to when their new highly-skilled talent is going to arrive at the workplace. This is going to make a big difference and it is going to allow thousands of people to come and make a contribution to our communities.”

In the second part of the meeting with the committee, the Minister added:

“My goal is to get back to service standards. I think will be able to do it on the majority of lines of business, potentially this calendar year.”

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