Canada’s immigration backlog is slowly declining
Canada’s immigration inventory reduced from 2.2 million as of October 31, 2022, to 2.1 million applications as of November 30, 2022. According to new IRCC data, released on December 14, 2022, 1.02 million applications are within service standards. Moreover, Canada’s immigration backlog reduced from 1.2 million to 1.09 million.
The inventory contains all the applications that IRCC has received for a program and that have not yet been finalized. Moreover, it includes those applications that are processed within the service standards, as well as a backlog of applications that have been in the inventories longer than the service standards.
A service standard is the internal benchmark IRCC sets to process applications for each line of business.
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IRCC applications at a glance
- 1.02 million applications within service standards and
- 1.09 million applications in backlog (exceeding service standard)
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As of November 30, 2022, a total of 44% of temporary residence applications, 45% of permanent resident and 72% of citizenship applications were within service standards. On the other hand, there were a total of 56% of temporary residence applications, 55% permanent resident and 28% of citizenship applications in backlog.
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When will delays decrease?
According to IRCC’s forecast, federal high-skilled applications for PR, as well as applications through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), will have only a 20% backlog by December 2022. Moreover, family, spouse and children applications (except for Quebec) for PR will have a backlog of 19% by December. Citizenship applications are expected to have a 25% backlog during the same month.
Also, by March 2023:
- Temporary resident visas will have a 58% backlog;
- Study permits will have a 23% backlog and;
- Work permits have a projected backlog of 30%.
Please note that IRCC expects the backlog will increase to as high as 60% in December 2022 before dropping again.
IRCC’s plan to reduce backlogs
As part of its plan to reduce backlogs, on June 25, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the creation of a new task force to improve government services, with a focus on reducing wait times.
Further, on August 24, the Minister of Immigration announced that IRCC will have hired up to 1,250 new employees to increase its processing capacity, while they take action to improve their system in the long term. In addition, IRCC began the transition towards 100% digital applications for most permanent resident programs on September 23.
You can read more about the steps that IRCC is taking to reduce backlogs, in the following article: New improvements to the immigration system.
- Canada’s Immigration Minister announced new online services for applicants
- Canadian Immigration Processing Times: Seven Factors,
- Check Your Application Status Canada,
- IRCC Online Profile for Immigration, Visa, or Permit to Canada
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