Over the past one year, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made some significant improvements in offering their services to prospective Canada immigrants. The most commendable move among them was the concrete efforts to reduce backlogs of applications and processing times. On August 13, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada, pointed out some of the important steps taken by the IRCC to offer better service experience to clients. These include:
>The backlogs of applications were brought down significantly last year. The backlogs for the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) were 62,000 in May 2014. It could be reduced to 12000 in April 2018. IRCC is planning to process at least 80 percent of the remaining LCP backlogs by the end of 2018 and process the new LCP applications within 12 months.
>IRCC introduced a better method to calculate the expected processing times of certain types of PR applications.
>Canada immigration authorities give highest priority to family re-unification. As part of its efforts in this regard, IRCC brought down the spousal sponsorship inventory from 75,000 to 15,000 as of December 31, 2017. The new spousal sponsorship applications are being processed within 12 months. Besides, the Open Work Permit Pilot for spousal sponsorship applicants has been extended, and the guides and checklists have been simplified.
>The definition of age of dependents was changed from “under 19″ to “under 22”, so that more families can stay together
>The medical inadmissibility policy was changed to ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in immigration
>IRCC continues to complete the processing of Express Entry applications in the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class within six months.
Minister Ahmed Hussen further said that Canada was committed to improve its immigration programs and was rethinking the way Canada provided immigration services.
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