Canada’s Immigration Backlog Plunged to 2.4 million: Reports – travelobiz

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According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada data, Canada’s immigration backlog has shrunk to over 2.4 million, CIC News reported. As of October 31, there were 331,401 applicants in the citizenship inventory, up from 351,964 on October 3.

As of November 3, the permanent residence inventory stood at 506,421 people, up from 505,562 on October 3.

The temporary residence inventory stood at 1,537,566 people as of 3 November, up from 1,651,649 on 3 October.

Canada Immigration Backlog

According to IRCCC data, the greatest reduction is in the temporary residence inventory. Overall, the backlog of immigration applications has decreased to 2,411,388.

According to CIC, the IRCC provided the data as of November 3. Since July 2021, the inventory in all lines of business has progressed as follows:

DateBacklog In Persons
November 3, 202224,11,388
September 30, 202226,00,000
August 31, 202225,83,827
July 15-17, 202226,79,031
June 1-6, 202223,87,884
April 30-May 2, 202221,30,385
April 11-12, 202220,31,589
March 15 and 17, 202218,44,424
February 1, 202218,15,628
December 15, 202118,13,144
October 27, 202117,92,404
July 6, 202114,47,474
Canada Immigration Backlogs

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Current Inventories

  • As of October 31, there were 331,401 applicants in the citizenship inventory, up from 351,964 on October 3.
  • As of November 3, the permanent residence inventory stood at 506,421 people, up from 505,562 on October 3.
  • On November 3, the temporary residence inventory stood at 1,537,566 people, up from 1,651,649 on October 3.

As a result, there were reductions in two of the three major categories, with the temporary residence inventory experiencing the greatest reduction.

Immigration CategoryPersons as of November 3, 2022
Permanent residence506,421
Temporary residence1,573,566
Citizenship331,401
Grand Total2,411,388

IRCC working hard to reduce the backlog

The IRCC has acknowledged the backlog and stated that it is working to improve the speed with which applications are processed.

By the end of March 2023, the department hopes to have a backlog of less than 50% across all lines of business. In order to clear the backlog as quickly as possible, IRCC began the transition to 100% digital applications for most permanent resident programmes on September 23, with accommodations made for those who are unable to apply online.


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