Canada opened a new application processing center in the Philippines
On March 3, 2023, the Government of Canada opened a new application processing center in the Philippines to accelerate immigration application processing in the Indo-Pacific region. Canada is expanding its capacity to process visa applications worldwide with a newly established center and 37 additional employees.
This new initiative will improve client service and help Canada achieve increasing immigration levels. Canada invests strategically to attract more people from other countries to bolster its international presence. The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has established visa offices in over 50 countries.
Canada is strategically investing overseas in order to attract more people to the country, whether they are coming to visit, study, work, or immigrate permanently. In more than 50 locations around the world’s Canadian embassies, high commissions, and consulates, IRCC offers visa services. The new application processing center is located in the Canadian Embassy in Manila.
Growing cross-cultural ties between Canada and the Philippines contribute to the growth of both societies. 960,000 people of Philippine origin live in Canada, according to the census of 2021, and an increasing number of Filipino citizens migrate to the country to visit friends and family, study at Canadian colleges and universities, or immigrate.
With diplomatic relations beginning in 1949, Canada and the Philippines will mark their 75th year of strong and friendly bilateral relations in 2024.
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship stated:
“To assist our economic growth, Canada is expected to welcome a high number of immigrants in the years to come. This will give us a boost in the competition for talent around the world and support important sectors and industries. The official announcement today to open a new center in the Philippines with the help of 37 new employees is yet another example of Canada’s efforts to speed up the immigration processing process as we continue to encourage greater diversity among those desiring to visit, study, work, or live in Canada.”
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs stated:
“Deep ties among people in Canada and the Indo-Pacific region, and these ties are not only vast but also expanding rapidly. This operations center will support travel, bring in highly skilled workers to Canada, and accommodate the demands of both our present and future economies.”
What is the Indo-Pacific Strategy in regard to Canada Immigration?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada discussed the need to improve ties between Canada and the Indo-Pacific region. In the upcoming years, Canada thinks it will contribute to increasing immigration.
Canada has therefore declared the Indo-Pacific strategy in an effort to increase immigration. It seeks to increase the number of immigrants from the Indo-Pacific region.
On November 27, 2022, Global Affairs Canada officially introduced the strategy. By 2027, it will attract investments and initiatives reaching approximately 2.3 billion Canadian dollars.
According to information from the Canada Census of 2021, four of the top seven birth countries are:
- The Philippines
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