To ease the immigration process, Canada has come up with an online portal where spousal and child sponsorship applicants can track their immigration application online. This has been done to avoid the delays caused by COVID-19 pandemic. It will speed up the application process and ensure quality service delivery.
As of December 2021, Canada had a backlog of more than fifty thousand spousal applications and more than eight thousand childfen and other applications. The tracker was launched to allow easy access of their information and status online. The government would also expand the online applications to more future immigrants in the summer of 2022.
The transition to online application process is to minimize processing delays associated with the paper applications and make the whole process hassle-free.
The predictable processing time duration and efficient communication will benefit all the immigrants as well as the Canadian economy.
The tracker can currently be found on the government website under the name, ‘Permanent Residence Family Class Application Tracker’. It is only open for people applying for spousal, common-law, and dependent child sponsorship. It is available to applicants as well as the representatives. The information on the tracker is subject to change at any time before the IRCC (Imigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) officers take a final call.
Since the immigration helps in the growth of Canadian economy and strengthens the communities across the country, the investment in the tracker is creditable. Thus, the IRCC has employed five hundred more employees to cater to various needs. For instance, the new staff would bring down the processing times for immigration, the time to approve study permits, work permits and permanent resident card renewals. This will fulfill the return to service standards of twelve months.
This tool will enable the applicants to keep track of their status and any urgent actions can be done quickly. It will also improve transparency by giving them access to the same information they would get if they have contacted an IRCC client service agent. The development of such status trackers is a part of IRCC’s consistent efforts to deliver meaningful and transparent information to clients and to modernize the services and respond efficiently to the needs of applicants.