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The Minister of Immigration promises to expedite the processing of work permits.

The IRCC’s $85 million budget for year has five priorities, including work permits.

During discussions with the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Canada’s immigration minister reiterated his promise to improve work permit processing speeds.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will use its $85 million budget to improve processing times, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Sean Fraser told the committee last week. Service standards for work permits, study permits, proof of citizenship, and permanent residency card renewals would return to normal by the end of 2022, according to the minister.

Processing timeframes for work permits submitted from most countries, according to the IRCC website, are currently not fulfilling the processing requirement. IRCC is, however, processing a higher volume of work permits. Canada issued 420,000 visas under the International Mobility Program (IMP) and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in 2021. (TFWP). In 2019, the total was estimated to be over 405,000.

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