Building a stronger immigration system

Canada is a top choice for people looking for a new place to work, study and build their lives with their families. Newcomers and visitors fuel our economy and add vibrancy to our communities.

Strengthening our immigration system means focusing on people, families and communities. It means giving Canada an advantage in the global race for talent and supporting our industries. It also means being flexible to respond to global humanitarian crises and help people when they need it most.

IRCC applications at a glance: Inventories and backlogs

To meet our annual immigration targets and achieve our goals, it’s important to have an inventory of applications for our programs. An inventory contains all applications received for a program that have not yet been finalized. This includes those that are processed within our service standards, as well as a backlog of applications that have been in our inventories longer than our service standards.

At any given time, IRCC is managing over 1 million applications from our inventories. In 2021, we finalized 1.7 million decisions across our lines of business.

Information on this page is up to date as of July 31, 2022. Data is approximate and subject to change.

2.4 million total applications in all IRCC inventories

Service Standards

Temporary residence
580,000
applications are within service standards

This is 41% of 1,400,000
total applications for temporary residence.

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Permanent residence
303,300
applications are within service standards

This is 47% of 639,500
total applications for permanent residence.

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Citizenship
246,000
applications are within service standards

This is 65% of 379,000
total applications for citizenship.

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Backlog

Temporary residence
829,000
in backlog (exceeding service standards)

This is 59% of 1,400,000
total applications for temporary residence.

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Permanent residence
336,200
in backlog (exceeding service standards)

This is 53% of 639,500
total applications for permanent residence.

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Citizenship
133,000
in backlog (exceeding service standards)

This is 35% of 379,000
total applications for citizenship.

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Reducing backlog

We’re taking action to reduce the backlogs of applications within our inventories. Our goal is to process 80% of applications within our service standards. This allows for expected delays in some very complex cases or when we need more information from our clients before we can finalize their files.

Our projections are estimates based on current operating conditions. They don’t account for sharp increases in received applications, urgent shifts in priorities, or other unforeseen circumstances affecting our operations.

Permanent Residence

Federal High Skilled

2022 Percentage of backlog of federal high-skilled applications – Actual and projected

2022 Percentage of backlog of federal high-skilled applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog
Jan 22 89%
Feb 22 92%
Mar 22 98%
Apr 22 99%
May 22 100%
Jun 22 100%
Jul 22 99%
Aug 22 (projected) 86%
Sep 22 (projected) 72%
Oct 22 (projected) 59%
Nov 22 (projected) 46%
Dec 22 (projected) 20%
Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry)

2022 Percentage of backlog Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) applications – Actual and projected

2022 Percentage of backlog Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog
Jan 22 56%
Feb 22 55%
Mar 22 54%
Apr 22 51%
May 22 47%
Jun 22 45%
Jul 22 43%
Aug 22 (projected) 39%
Sep 22 (projected) 35%
Oct 22 (projected) 31%
Nov 22 (projected) 28%
Dec 22 (projected) 20%
Spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec)

2022 Percentage of backlog of spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec) applications – Actual and projected

2022 Percentage of backlog of spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec) applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog
Jan 22 34%
Feb 22 32%
Mar 22 30%
Apr 22 29%
May 22 27%
Jun 22 27%
Jul 22 26%
Aug 22 (projected) 24%
Sep 22 (projected) 23%
Oct 22 (projected) 22%
Nov 22 (projected) 20%
Dec 22 (projected) 19%

Citizenship

Citizenship

2022 Percentage of backlog of citizenship applications – Actual and projected

2022 Percentage of backlog of citizenship applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog
Jan 22 46%
Feb 22 45%
Mar 22 42%
Apr 22 40%
May 22 39%
Jun 22 37%
Jul 22 34%
Aug 22 (projected) 31%
Sep 22 (projected) 30%
Oct 22 (projected) 29%
Nov 22 (projected) 27%
Dec 22 (projected) 25%

Temporary Residence

Temporary resident visas (TRV)

Note

  • Approximately 20% of temporary resident visa (or visitor visa) applications in our inventories are from the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

2022–2023 Percentage of backlog of temporary resident visas (TRV) – Actual and projected

2022–2023 Percentage of backlog of temporary resident visas (TRV) – Actual and projected
Month Backlog
Jan 22 70%
Feb 22 74%
Mar 22 55%
Apr 22 55%
May 22 56%
Jun 22 71%
Jul 22 67%
Aug 22 (projected) 68%
Sep 22 (projected) 71%
Oct 22 (projected) 70%
Nov 22 (projected) 67%
Dec 22 (projected) 66%
Jan 23 (projected) 66%
Feb 23 (projected) 62%
Mar 23 (projected) 58%
Study permits

2022–2023 Percentage of backlog of study permits – Actual and projected

2022–2023 Percentage of backlog of study permits – Actual and projected
Month Backlog
Jan 22 42%
Feb 22 34%
Mar 22 27%
Apr 22 32%
May 22 31%
Jun 22 30%
Jul 22 31%
Aug 22 (projected) 39%
Sep 22 (projected) 42%
Oct 22 (projected) 33%
Nov 22 (projected) 31%
Dec 22 (projected) 33%
Jan 23 (projected) 36%
Feb 23 (projected) 33%
Mar 23 (projected) 23%
Work permits

Note

  • Approximately 70% of work permits in our inventories are from the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

2022–2023 Percentage of backlog of work permits – Actual and projected

2022–2023 Percentage of backlog of work permits – Actual and projected
Month Backlog
Jan 22 48%
Feb 22 51%
Mar 22 29%
Apr 22 23%
May 22 26%
Jun 22 28%
Jul 22 28%
Aug 22 (projected) 29%
Sep 22 (projected) 35%
Oct 22 (projected) 49%
Nov 22 (projected) 55%
Dec 22 (projected) 60%
Jan 23 (projected) 58%
Feb 23 (projected) 47%
Mar 23 (projected) 30%
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