The Canada Immigration Backlog has Grown by 21,000 Applications over Two Months
According to December data, IRCC has more than 1.8 million applications pending.
As per CIC News, the backlog includes future citizens, permanent residents, international students, temporary workers, and visitors.
Adding up these categories brings the total to a backlog of 1,813,144 applications in December. In October, IRCC reported a backlog of 1,791,936. This difference means that over 21,000 immigration applications have increased the backlog in 49 days. This is a 1% increase.
For most of these categories except citizens, the new data reflects IRCC inventories as of December 15, 2021:
Permanent Residence Backlog Grand Total
|Immigration category||Persons as of December 15|
|Humanitarian and Compassionate/Public Policy||27,520|
|Permit Holders Class||24|
Temporary Residence Backlog Grand Total
|TR Category||Persons as of December 15|
|Study Permit extension||24,461|
|Temporary Resident Permit||6,726|
|Temporary Resident Visa||403,752|
|Visitor Record extension||60,499|
|Work Permit extension||123,880|
As of October 31, 2021, there are around 468,000 citizenship applications in the inventory, which is the same figure IRCC provided to CIC News for October 27 data.
Express Entry and Family Class Backlogs Reduced, Refugee Backlogs Increase
As of December, the Express Entry backlog was at more than 119,000, compared to October when it was nearly 138,000.
The difference was largely seen in following categories:
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – down to nearly 25,000 applications in December compared to October which was more than 48,000
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) – down to 805 applications in December compared to 931 in October
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