Canada’s immigration application backlog reached 2.62 million in mid-July despite a drop in the inventory of applications for permanent residence and citizenship, according to the latest release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ( IRCC) the numbers show it.
“In terms of temporary residency, IRCC receives a much higher volume of applications,” IRCC spokesperson Julie Lafortune noted in an email response to Immigration.ca on Friday.
“In the first five months of 2022, IRCC received 31% more temporary resident applications, or 1,940,993 compared to 1,482,143, during the same period in 2019, before the pandemic.
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Applications for permanent residence at the IRCC had fallen by about 1.5%, from 522,047 to 514,116 on July 17 about five weeks earlier.
And citizenship applications in the backlog also fell by just over 1.8% during that time, from 394,664 to 387,368.
IRCC is processing more applications this year than in 2019, the last full year before the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, there are many more study permits going through the system.
“It should be noted that between January and May 2022, IRCC processed 221,522 study permit applications,” Lafortune said. “That compares to 128,021 in 2019, before the pandemic. This represents a 73% increase in international study permit processing so far in 2022 compared to the same period in 2019.”
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But the IRCC still faces a mountain of requests.
“Global migration has been turned upside down by the pandemic,” Lafortune said. “App inventories have increased during the pandemic while health and travel restrictions were in place and will take some time to fully recover. IRCC is committed to providing quality customer service across its entire global network by managing our programs and services efficiently and aligned with our goals.
The number of applications in the temporary residence system is soaring this year, jumping by 248,950, or about 16.9%, from 1,471,173 in early June to 1,720,123 in mid-July.
CUAET leads to an increase in applications for temporary residence
One of the main drivers of the increase in temporary residence applications is the Canada-Ukraine Emergency Travel Authorization (CUAET), a program launched by Ottawa on March 17 to accommodate an unlimited number of Ukrainians fleeing their country. war-torn.
The latest IRCC figures show that 362,664 applications had been received under the program as of July 5, up 66,501, or 22.4 per cent, from 296,163 just a month earlier. Just under half of them, 151,353, had been approved by the start of this month.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reports that 58,869 Ukrainians arrived in Canada in the first six months of this year, including 9,223 by land and 49,646 by air.
“This is the fastest, safest and most efficient way for Ukrainians to come to Canada,” Immigration Minister Sean Fraser tweeted earlier this year. “It eliminates most of the normal visa requirements for all Ukrainian nationals, with the exception of background checks and security.”
Another big immigration driver this year was the unique Temporary to Permanent (TR to PR) residency program which accepted applications through November and was inundated with 84,177 applications.
|The backlog of applications for permanent residence in Canada has risen to 514,116 in mid-July|
|Immigration category||Cat IMM PR Subcomponent||Total|
|Economic||Agrifood pilot program||765|
|Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs||2,380|
|Atlantic Immigration Program||33|
|Canadian Experience Class (EE)||5,195|
|Canadian Experience Class (without EE)||109|
|Take care of children||60|
|Federal Skilled Workers (C-50)||123|
|Federal Skilled Workers (EE)||18,127|
|Federal Skilled Workers (before C-50)||23|
|High medical needs||seven|
|Home Child Care Pilot Project||18,191|
|Home Support Worker Pilot Project||6,912|
|Provisional track measurement||767|
|Provincial/Territorial (EE) Nominees||27,925|
|Provincial/territorial nominees (no EE)||35,599|
|Quebec self-employed workers||94|
|Quebec Skilled Workers||24,570|
|Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Project||1,118|
|Skilled Trades (EE)||369|
|Skilled trades (no EE)||2|
|TR to PR||51,392|
|Economic – Total||211 903|
|Family class||Children and other family categories||9,147|
|FCH-Family Relations – H&C||3,067|
|Parents and grandparents||47,025|
|Spouses and partners||59,012|
|Family Class – Total||118,251|
|Humanitarian and Compassionate / Public Policy||Class HC & PH-ADM Dependent Person Abroad||44|
|Humanitarian and compassionate||11,362|
|Humanitarian and compassionate in the face of risk or discrimination||13,062|
|Public policy with RAP||39|
|Public policy without PAR||5,341|
|Humanitarian and compassionate / Public policy – Total||29,848|
|Class of license holders||Class of license holders||16|
|Category of License Holders – Total||16|
|Protected persons||Recommended by a mixed visa office||150|
|Dependents Abroad of Protected Persons||26,628|
|Federally Sponsored Refugees||33,531|
|Privately Sponsored Refugees||71,076|
|Protected persons admitted to Canada||21,770|
|Refugees supported by the Government of Quebec||943|
|Protected Persons – Total||154,098|
|type of request||Total|
|Study Permit – Extension||35,482|
|Temporary resident visa||903 971|
|Visitor register||90 195|
|Work permit – Extension||180,036|
|IRCC had a backlog of 387,368 citizenship applications as of mid-July|
|Application category||Total inventory|
|To agree||387 368|
This pathway targeted healthcare and other workers in Canada as well as recent international graduates from Canadian colleges and universities. It applied to the whole country, with the exception of the French-speaking province of Quebec, which manages its own immigration system.
By mid-July, 51,392 immigrants had obtained permanent residency in Canada through this pathway.
In his Immigration Levels Plan for 2022 to 2024, Canada had targeted 40,000 new permanent residents under federal economic public policies for this year, which includes the TR-to-PR pathway, with a range of 30,000 to 48,000 new permanent residents. He has already surpassed that goal.
In the backlog, the latest IRCC figures show 211,903 economic immigration applications, 118,251 for family sponsorships, 29,848 for humanitarian and compassionate reasons and 154,098 for protected persons and refugees.