Minister Sean Fraser told the committee that the IRCC would aim to return the processing time to its default for most cases - by the end of 2022. As of April 29, IRCC has more than 2.1 million applicants awaiting citizenship, immigration, and temporary residency decisions. Applications for temporary residences have doubled since April 2021, partly due to the Canada-Ukraine Emergency Travel Authorization (CUAET), a measure to support people fleeing Ukraine.
He said all processing standards should return to normal by 2023.
About Express Entry -
One of Fraser's terms as minister promises is to expand pathways to permanent residency for international students and temporary foreign workers through Express Entry. The minister had previously suggested that occupation-specific Express Entry draws could be a possibility for the future.
“I’m very excited about new flexibilities we’re going to be pursuing in the Express Entry system, which will allow us, with more precision, to target workers to fill gaps in key sectors as soon as possible under the current system,” Fraser said
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