Canada Immigration Backlog in December Exceeds 1.8 million

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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
Economic Class 234,770
Family Class 105,298
Humanitarian and Compassionate/Public Policy 27,520
Permit Holders Class 24
Protected Persons 157,658
Grand total 525,270


Temporary Residence Backlog Grand Total

TR Category Persons as of December 15
Study Permit 122,476
Study Permit extension 24,461
Temporary Resident Permit 6,726
Temporary Resident Visa 403,752
Visitor Record extension 60,499
Work Permit 78,080
Work Permit extension 123,880
Grand Total   819,874


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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