Canada welcomed 431,000 permanent residents in 2022, a record

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The Canada welcomed 431,000 permanent residents in 2022, a record

About 251,000 people obtained their Canadian citizenship between April and November 2022, which gives them access to the right to vote and a Canadian passport.

Canada expects to meet its goal of welcoming more than 431,000 new permanent residents this year, surpassing the record set in 2021, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Last year, that number reached 405,000, representing the highest number of immigrants in a single year in the country's history, according to Ottawa.

Overall, 2022 is shaping up to be another record year for processing immigration applications, according to IRCC, which is seeing a catch-up in cases delayed due to the pandemic.

As of the end of November, around 4.8 million files had been processed, almost twice as many as the same period last year, the federal ministry confirmed on Monday.

< p class="e-p">This number includes more students and temporary workers. The ministry reports the analysis of more than 670,000 study permit applications and nearly 700,000 work permits.

IRCC says it has also picked up the pace for visitor visas. For the past month, more than 260,000 applications were reviewed compared to a monthly average of approximately 180,000 files in 2019.

Ottawa s' also expects to exceed the number of new citizens compared to last year. Between April and November, approximately 251,000 people obtained their Canadian citizenship which gives access to the right to vote and a passport.

The health crisis has caused significant delays and long delays in the processing of immigration files in the country. Ottawa assures remedy the situation, while the arrears related to the pandemic have decreased by nearly half a million in four months.

In order to improve the #x27;effectiveness of its system, IRCC lists having hired and trained new employees, simplified processes and taken advantage of automation technologies.

Our interventions ensure that we can continue to welcome and support newcomers who come to Canada to work, study, visit loved ones or settle down,” said Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship , Sean Fraser.

80% of new applications are processed within government wait times, according to IRCC. For example, the standard for study permits is 60 days, while processing spousal sponsorship applications should not exceed 12 months.

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