How can Canada avoid major immigration backlogs in the future || Esse India

2) Align intake with a processing capacity

The second step is for Canada to better match its intake with its processing capacity. We already do this through several programs, such as the IRCC Economy Class Pilot Program, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and more. The federal and state governments work within the allocations for a given program and ensure that they do not request more applications than they can process within the allocations. It’s not a perfect model and often leads to disappointment, just like PGP, but at the same time it helps us limit the possibility of excessive processing times.

3) Expedite technological transformation

The third step is for Canada to accelerate the much-needed technological transformation of its immigration system. Much of the immigration system is still paper-based, which slows things down. It also makes it difficult for employees to process requests remotely and transfer files to other offices. The IRCC should aim to make all applications available online in the near future, while also providing accommodation for people with disabilities, the elderly, and others who may need to submit paper applications. Technology is an important issue, it represents an advantage for the immigration system and can streamline many processes. At some point we should strive to complete as many immigration processes online as possible, such as

4) Be more transparent

The fourth is that Canada is making immigration policies and operations more transparent. For most of the pandemic, the IRCC has kept us in the dark, rather than fulfilling its obligation to update the public on its operations and political priorities. For example, between December 2020 and April 2022, Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates were informed when they would be invited back into Express Entry. The same is being done for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates between September 2021 and April 2022. Going forward, IRCC should provide regular, preferably monthly, public updates outlining its current policy priorities and backlogs. This allows everyone involved, including applicants themselves, employers, tertiary institutions, etc., to plan accordingly.

5) Conduct an independent study

The fifth step is to hold Canada more responsible for the failure of its immigration system during the pandemic. An independent study should be commissioned to assess what IRCC has done right, wrong and could have done better. While the pandemic is a valid excuse, it’s not the only explanation for the surge in backlogs over the past two years.

6) Form a National Advisory Council on Immigration

Sixth, the Canadian government needs to work more closely with Canadian immigration experts. Canada has a huge immigration ecosystem filled with professionals from many different industries, including law, business, housing, research, academia, government, tertiary institutions, and more. Still, there has been little meaningful immigration advice during the pandemic, with avoidable consequences.

Looking ahead

Looking ahead, we should be optimistic that Canada’s immigration system will eventually recover. Immigration is too important to Canada’s prosperity for the system to remain chaotic for long.

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