According to recent data released by the Canadian Immigration Department, the number of people waiting for immigration screening is now close to 1.84 million. This is an increase of about 400,000 compared to last summer, while raising concerns that immigration screening may be stagnant at the moment.
So do those who have to wait for immigration screening have to wait longer than they do now? I think it is possible to interpret it optimistically, unlike the visible figures. If we look at immigration screening data beyond simple figures and look closely at the policies announced by the Immigration Bureau, I think immigration screening will proceed faster in the future.
First of all, it is difficult to say that the main cause of the delay in immigration screening has increased the time it takes for the screening itself. Rather, it is correct to say that the number of applicants for immigration has increased by that much, so the number of people waiting for examination has increased. For example, compared to the end of last year, the number of citizenship applicants and TR to PR Pathways increased by about 5,000 each. In this way, records show that the number of applicants has increased in almost all areas, including citizenship, permanent residency, employment permit and study abroad permit.
On the other hand, screening has been speeding up recently. Examinations in the areas of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) have accelerated in recent weeks. In particular, the number of people who completed the review of the FSWP in the past two weeks was higher than the amount in the past seven months. According to the announcement, the reason why the Express Entry lottery has been sluggish has been part of the work to process the screening that has been delayed.
In addition to the increase in the budget, it is also positive that the Immigration Bureau, including Minister Fraser, has a strong will to speed up immigration screening and return to normal levels. Therefore, if you are waiting for the approval of the Immigration Department, you can put down a little concern that the screening will be delayed. I hope that immigration screening will return to normal soon.