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Fraser announces new measures to modernize Canada’s immigration system

September 3, 2022

By CIC News |

On September 1, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser introduced new online services across Canada’s immigration system, intended to improve client experience and reduce the backlogs.

The pandemic highlighted the need for a modernized immigration system. From the IRCC processing centre in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Fraser announced the latest updates on how digitization is affecting operations at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Here are the new developments for newcomers and future citizens.

Certain in-Canada applicants exempt from medical exams
In an effort to reduce wait times, Fraser is exempting permanent and temporary residence applicants who are already in Canada from the immigration medical exam requirement. This measure only applies to people who meet certain criteria. The media release did not specify the criteria, nor when the measure would take effect. IRCC expects it to impact about 180,000 newcomers.

Canada had previously waived the medical exam requirement between June 2021 and March 2022.

The release says the measure is intended to further reduce wait times and build on the hiring of 1,250 new employees to help increase processing capacity.

Immigration applications going 100% digital September 23
IRCC will begin transitioning to 100% digital applications for most permanent residence programs on September 23. Alternative formats will be available for people who require accommodations.

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