IRCC expects India visa processing to return to normal by early 2024
October 20, 2023
By CIC News |
A press conference with Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller on October 19th, 2023 has revealed that the ongoing dispute between Canada and India will result in slower processing times for Indian visa applications.
Nonetheless, Miller emphasized that newcomers from India play a vital role in Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to welcome them.
How large is the backlog expected to be and when will visa processing return to normal?
Senior IRCC officials who have briefed Canadian stakeholders say they expect the reduction of staff in India to create a backlog of 17,500 “final decisions” across Canada’s global immigration system over the next two months. However, the government hopes to return back to normal processing by “early 2024”.
Accordingly, this can be achieved as the 22 immigration staff pulled from India will reestablish themselves and get back to work in Canada and the Philippines.