Backlog of applications for permanent residence in Canada decreases, but overall backlog reaches 2.62 million


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 contractor 4
Federal self-employed 4,502
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
Live-in caregiver 931
Provincial/Territorial (EE) Nominees 27,925
Provincial/territorial nominees (no EE) 35,599
Quebec entrepreneur 281
Quebec investor 11,115
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
start-up business 1,309
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
Total 514 116
type of request Total
Study permit 196,729
Study Permit – Extension 35,482
Temporary resident visa 903 971
Visitor register 90 195
Working license 313,710
Work permit – Extension 180,036
Total 1,720,123

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.

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