Since the outbreak of COVID-19, different industries in Canada were impacted, including the immigration sector. Special measures implemented saw a sudden decline in immigrants entering the country. Ease of travel restrictions in Canada provides new dawn to the immigration system. Notably, immigrant levels are expected to peak once the global pandemic ends.
Recently, the federal government published a new document on its website, seeking a vendor to modernize the immigration system. The approach aims at helping the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) prepare for the considerable number of immigrants expected to apply for Canadian permanent resident visa cards after the pandemic.
Special Immigration Measures in Canada
According to the document, the IRCC felt the adverse impact of the global pandemic profoundly. As such, Canada imposed travel restrictions, strict social distancing rules, and working remotely measures as a way to slow down the spread of the infection.
Still, IRCC remained persistent in executing its roles of processing applications from temporary foreign workers, refugees, citizenship seekers, international students, permanent residents, Canadian citizens, and asylum claimants. With several protocols imposed, immigration agents processed applications remotely.
The document also concedes that most IRCC processing and contact centers shut down with some operating at minimum capacity. Resultantly, IRCC became limited in processing optimum applications from foreign workers.