IMMIGRATION CANADA ACCELERATES ITS CONVERSION TO ON-LINE SERVICES AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

IMMIGRATION CANADA ACCELERATES ITS CONVERSION TO ON-LINE SERVICES AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

OTTAWA — A complete overhaul of how Canada processes immigration applications is in the works as the federal government braces for a post-COVID-19 surge in demand for migration to Canada.

The federal Immigration Department says the “new normal” that will emerge after the pandemic requires a revamp of the technology used to handle millions of applications a year.

It says new strategies for managing those applications are also needed to limit the amount of in-person contact within the bureaucracy and between officials and potential newcomers.

The department included its plan in an “urgent request” issued late last month for a company to help with that project.

Immigration to Canada came to a near-halt in March when borders around the world slammed shut to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.  A report from RBC Economics has suggested that could curb Canada’s economic growth, noting the $6 billion in tuition alone that international students contribute to the economy each year.

For our clients, the recent announcement should be seen as a warning that in the very near future no applicant will be able to handle immigration matters without adequate technology and computer operation skills.  We will do our best to accommodate your needs in this respect, but you must, in your turn, make sure that you possess or have easy access to desktops/laptops, scanners and printers.  Also, you should upgrade your Internet access speed so as to be able  to quickly send/receive messages, participate in webinars and apply on-line for services that might be accompanied by caps and other time restrictions.

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