Backlog of Canadian Permanent Resident Applications Reduced

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the massive backlog of Canadian permanent resident applications has been reduced by forty per cent since 2008.Canadian-Permanent-Resident-Applications

How the Backlog Changed the Canadian Permanent Residence Application Process

This massive backlog has been partly responsible for a number of different changes to Canada’s immigration system, namely the introduction of the SuperVisa for parents and grandparents over family sponsorship for permanent residency.

The backlog also led to a long pause in the acceptance of Federal Skilled Worker applications and Immigrant Investor applications.

High Processing Times for Canadian Permanent Residence Applications Over?

This backlog had led to processing times of permanent resident applications taking as long as eight to ten years in some cases, with about five years being the average time it took to process applications.

The goal for Citizenship and Immigration is for processing of these applications to only take about a year or less in the future.

“Backlogs and delays prevent Canada from attracting the best and brightest from around the world and ensuring that our immigration system is contributing to to economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “For too long, we accepted far more applications than we could process each year. That led to backlogs increasing every year and processing times of eight to ten years in some cases, which discouraged talented, dynamic people from coming to Canada.”

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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