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BREAKING: Canadian Parliament committee provides recommendations to address immigration backlogs

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) has released a study on application backlogs and processing times by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


The committee is made up of 12 members of Canada’s parliament (MPs), with at least one member from each of the major political parties. It was established to monitor federal immigration and multiculturalism policy, and to apply pressure on the government when urgent action is needed. For example, the committee asked the government to stop the deportation of 700 Indian students who were issued false letters of admission.

Application processing times, and the backlog, have been prominent topics of late. In 2022, there were almost 2.7 million immigration applications in IRCC’s inventory. This was largely caused by measures put in place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

On February 1, 2022, the committee adopted a motion to study application backlogs and processing times for all immigration streams at IRCC. According to the CIMM motion, the study includes the status of actions being taken to reduce backlogs and processing times, measures being taken to prioritize processing vulnerable immigrants’ applications stuck in backlog, and how the government can modernize the current immigration system.

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) has released a study on application backlogs and processing times by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


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