In 2021, Canada’s immigration systems faced considerable difficulty and delays as a result of policy changes in reaction to the COVID-19 epidemic. Many candidates inside Canada were provided new immigration programs and policies in 2021 to make it easier for them to stay, but many applicants outside Canada were banned from consideration due to the country’s COVID-19 regulations. With the new year here, it’s time to think about what to anticipate in terms of Canadian immigration in 2022.
In 2022, Canada hopes to welcome 411,000 new immigrants. While this would ordinarily not be a problem for Canada, the government has failed to process applications in a timely way over the last year, resulting in a backlog of 1.8 million applications awaiting processing. If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can get its backlog under control, 2022 might be a record-breaking year for Canadian immigration.
Changes to Canadian Immigration in 2022
Travel Restrictions May Be Lifted
Travel restrictions were put in place for Canada during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lifting of such restrictions would help newcomer flows recover, which would give the country’s economy a much-needed boost.
Express Entry Draws for 2022
While Express Entry drawings continued during the pandemic, they were considerably different from pre-pandemic trends in 2021. Prior to the epidemic, an Express Entry lottery was held once every two weeks, with candidates from all Express Entry programs being considered. Express Entry drawings have only invited provincial nominees since September 15, 2021. Due to the current backlog of immigration petitions, this is the case. IRCC is currently unable to issue significant numbers of Invitations to Apply due to a lack of capacity to handle new files. In a recent communication, IRCC stated that all program Express Entry drawings will restart after the backlog is decreased – however they did not specify how long this will take or how much of the backlog they must clear.