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Immigration Minister: Canada expects to process 20,000 Indian visas by end of 2023

By CIC News |

At a meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) yesterday, Immigration Minister Marc Miller said that with respect to the 38,000 visas for Indians, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was expecting to process by December, the department will only be able to process 20,000.

He says there are now only five IRCC members are now able to do the on-the-ground work in India that is essential to process applications. IRCC says that as a result, there will be slower:

  • overall processing times
  • responses to enquiries
  • getting visas or passports returned

IRCC now expects there will be approximately 17,500 Indian applications in backlog at the beginning of 2024.

The department aims to process 80% of all applications within service standards. These standards vary depending on the type of application. An application is in backlog when it has not been processed within service standards.

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