What to expect from Canadian immigration in 2022?
As you already know, COVID-19 contributed to the backlog of 1.8 million immigration applications in categories such as temporary residence (775,741), permanent residence (548,195), Canadian citizenship (468,000), and more. As if this weren’t enough, this backlog grew in the last 2 months of 2021 by 21,000 applications. At some point, IRCC even asked certain applicants to resubmit their applications if they were waiting for a decision and needed to travel to Canada.
On December 14, 2021, the Minister of Finance proposed $85 million to reduce the backlog in Canada’s immigration system. According to the government, this investment will:
- speed up the process of citizenship,
- reunite families,
- and welcome immigrants who can help address Canada’s labour shortages.
However, the government didn’t talk much about the highly skilled foreign people who normally immigrate under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Entrepreneurs who applied under the Start-up Visa and Self-employed Class were left out the past few years. According to media outlets, the FSWP has a backlog of 55,000 as of December 2021.
Canadian immigration in 2022
To address the labour shortages in 2022, the immigration mandate letter talked about simplifying work permit renewals, as part of improving the Global Talent Stream of the TFWP. It also talked about improving foreign credential recognition.
In 2022, we can also expect special pathways to permanent residence for international students. The mandate letter talked about expanding pathways to PR for international students and temporary foreign workers through the EE system.
Other Canadian immigration priorities
- Introduce electronic applications for family reunification.
- Make the citizenship application process free for permanent residents who meet the requirements.
- Establish a Trusted Employer system for Canadian companies hiring temporary foreign workers.
- Support the French-language knowledge of immigrants in Quebec. Moreover, the Minister of Immigration must support Francophone immigration across the country.
- Keep working with the United States to modernize the Safe Third Country Agreement.
- Welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill labour shortages in high-demand sectors such as health care.
- Ensure that immigration better supports small- and medium-size communities that require additional immigrants. As usual, this will include expanding the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, Municipal Nominee Program, and Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
- Act with urgency to provide resettlement opportunities for people under threat, including Afghan citizens and human rights defenders.
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