The global pandemic caused delays in processing Canadian immigration applications. Since then, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has reduced its overall backlog. The whole backlog is reduced by almost half a million applications.
Canadian Visa Expert reported that IRCC had processed almost 4.8 million applications by the end of November 2022. This record is almost double the 2.5 million applications processed in the same period of 2021.
With this trend, Canada plans to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023.
Canada's New Visa Processing Center in The Philippines
Canada has declared its plan to open a new visa application processing center in its embassy in The Philippines. The country hopes to bolster Canadian immigration with this recent move. This new development will support Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in a great way.
Generally, Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy is vital for addressing the impact of the region on Canadians, including the Filipino Community. Thus, opening the new application processing center in Manila is a valuable investment. It will benefit Filipinos in no small measure, Canadian Visa Expert reported.
According to Rechie Valdez, Liberal Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Streetsville, this strategy will offer Filipinos more efficient processing of Canadian visas. At the same time, it will significantly support Canada’s plan to raise immigration levels.
Reason for the New Visa Processing Center
The new visa processing center in The Philippines seeks to boost application processing to Canada. With this, Canada hopes to meet its immigration increases planned over the next few years. This explanation is according to Sean Fraser, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.