Immigration to Canada came close to a complete standstill in March when borders everywhere closed down to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Though some already have permission to enter Canada (temporary foreign workers and students), thousands of others, including refugees, remain abroad, still wait for travel restrictions to lift.
As Canada’s government prepares for a significant rise in immigration applications after the Coronavirus pandemic, there is talk of plans to modernize the immigration system.
How Canada Intends to Improve Application Processing
The IRCC plans to have considerably different policies, procedures, and digital solutions in place to handle the post-pandemic spike in applications that is anticipated.
Those in charge of Canadian immigration would like to use digital processing whenever possible in order to minimize the need for in-person or paper processes. This would lead to more efficient and quicker application processing while at the same time protect the safety of everyone involved.
Canada Continues Welcoming Immigration in 2020
With the country’s Multi-Year Immigration Plan, Canada anticipates welcoming over one million immigrants in the next three years.
Even with the slow of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is still working hard to accept and process most applications. These include Express Entry and PNP Draws, along with work and study permits and also family sponsorship applications.
Before the pandemic hit, Canada was seeing record-breaking numbers of immigrants, foreign workers, and international students. By changing its processes through the use of new technology, the IRCC should be in a better position to accommodate even more foreign nationals once the Coronavirus pandemic is over.
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