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This article was originally published on February 2, 2022, and updated on February 15, 2022, and February 11, 2022, to reflect new information.

February 15, 2022 Update: On February 14, 2022, Canada released the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, increasing the target goal of permanent residents to 431,645 for the year 2022. According to the government, this increase will be made possible through the digitization of the Canadian immigration system. The digitization of the system aims to reduce backlogs and create more predictable processing times for current and new immigrants in Canada.

February 11, 2022 Update: On February 8, 2022, the government of Canada announced plans to launch a new digital case status tracker that will allow some family class permanent residence applicants, sponsors, and their representatives to check application status online. Initially, the tracker will be made available to permanent residence applicants’ spouses, partners, and dependent children. For access to the tracker, eligible applicants should visit the Permanent Residence Family Class Application Tracker site. The government aims to use the tracker to reduce application processing time and create a more transparent immigration system.

Original Post From February 2, 2021:

Key Points

  • Digitalization of the Canadian immigration system aims to increase government efficiency


On January 31, 2022, Canada’s government announced measures to improve client experience and modernize the Canadian immigration system. The following changes have been or will be introduced:

  • The government will provide CAD 85 million in new funding aiming to reduce application delays
  • Approximately 500 new immigration processing staff will be hired
  • A new Permanent Residence Application Tracker will also be introduced in February 2022 that will allow spouses and dependents to check their application information and status online
  • An online process for permanent residence applicants to finalize and receive their permanent residency cards will be introduced
  • Introduction of online testing, application tracking, and citizenship ceremonies for citizenship applicants

What are the Changes?

On January 31, 2022, the government of Canada released a statement concerning the modernization of the Canadian immigration system. Multiple changes will be introduced to help reduce application backlogs and digitize the application process for permanent residency and citizenship.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Canada’s website for the latest updates and information.

Source: Government of Canada

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