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 2022, we finalized more than 5.2 million decisions across our lines of business.

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

We’ve also updated our tracking data. Our total inventory numbers now include more applications, including those for temporary residence extensions and proof of citizenship.

total applications in all IRCC inventories

Service Standards

Temporary residence

applications are within service standards

This is % of
total applications for temporary residence.

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Permanent residence

applications are within service standards

This is % of
total applications for permanent residence.

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Citizenship

applications are within service standards

This is % of
total citizenship applications.

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Backlog

Temporary residence

in backlog (exceeding service standards)

This is % of
total applications for temporary residence.

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Permanent residence

in backlog (exceeding service standards)

This is % of
total applications for permanent residence.

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Citizenship grant

in backlog (exceeding service standards)

This is % of
total applications for grant of 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 and may change. 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

2022-2023 Percentage of backlog of federal high-skilled applications – Actual and projected

2022-2023 Percentage of backlog of federal high-skilled applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 89% -
Feb 22 92% -
Mar 22 98% -
Apr 22 99% -
May 22 100% -
Jun 22 100% -
Jul 22 99% -
Aug 22 90% 86%
Sep 22 68% 72%
Oct 22 45% 59%
Nov 22 31% 46%
Dec 22 22% 20%
Jan 23 20% 20%
Feb 23 20% 20%
Mar 23 18% 20%
Apr 23 17% 20%
May 23 15% 20%
Jun 23 17% 20%
Jul 23 16% 20%
Aug 23 12% 20%
Sep 23 12% 20%
Oct 23 13% 20%
Nov 23 - 11%
Dec 23 - 10%
Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry)

2022-2023 Percentage of backlog Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) applications – Actual and projected

2022-2023 Percentage of backlog Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 56% -
Feb 22 55% -
Mar 22 54% -
Apr 22 51% -
May 22 47% -
Jun 22 45% -
Jul 22 43% -
Aug 22 42% 39%
Sep 22 40% 35%
Oct 22 42% 31%
Nov 22 42% 28%
Dec 22 41% 20%
Jan 23 38% 40%
Feb 23 32% 39%
Mar 23 30% 32%
Apr 23 28% 30%
May 23 30% 28%
Jun 23 33% 24%
Jul 23 29% 22%
Aug 23 27% 21%
Sep 23 27% 20%
Oct 23 24% 20%
Nov 23 - 20%
Dec 23 - 20%
Spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec)

2022-2023 Percentage of backlog of spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec) applications – Actual and projected

2022-2023 Percentage of backlog of spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec) applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 34% -
Feb 22 32% -
Mar 22 30% -
Apr 22 29% -
May 22 27% -
Jun 22 27% -
Jul 22 26% -
Aug 22 25% 24%
Sep 22 25% 23%
Oct 22 24% 22%
Nov 22 24% 20%
Dec 22 24% 19%
Jan 23 24% 24%
Feb 23 23% 24%
Mar 23 24% 24%
Apr 23 23% 24%
May 23 20% 24%
Jun 23 19% 24%
Jul 23 18% 24%
Aug 23 17% 24%
Sep 23 16% 24%
Oct 23 16% 24%
Nov 23 - 16%
Dec 23 - 16%

Citizenship

Citizenship grants

2022-2023 Percentage of backlog of citizenship grant applications – Actual and projected

2022-2023 Percentage of backlog of citizenship grant applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 46% -
Feb 22 45% -
Mar 22 42% -
Apr 22 40% -
May 22 39% -
Jun 22 37% -
Jul 22 35% -
Aug 22 30% 30%
Sep 22 30% 30%
Oct 22 28% 28%
Nov 22 29% 27%
Dec 22 28% 26%
Jan 23 27% 26%
Feb 23 26% 25%
Mar 23 25% 24%
Apr 23 25% 24%
May 23 23% 24%
Jun 23 24% 24%
Jul 23 21% 24%
Aug 23 21% 26%
Sep 23 21% 26%
Oct 23 21% 19%
Nov 23 - 19%
Dec 23 - 18%

Temporary Residence

Temporary resident visas (TRV)

Note

  • Approximately % 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 (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 70% -
Feb 22 74% -
Mar 22 55% -
Apr 22 55% -
May 22 56% -
Jun 22 71% -
Jul 22 67% -
Aug 22 71% 68%
Sep 22 74% 71%
Oct 22 74% 70%
Nov 22 70% 67%
Dec 22 70% 77%
Jan 23 68% 68%
Feb 23 64% 68%
Mar 23 61% 65%
Apr 23 50% 56%
May 23 45% 42%
Jun 23 46% 42%
Jul 23 46% 42%
Aug 23 50% 43%
Sep 23 56% 36%
Oct 23 58% 34%
Nov 23 - 71%
Dec 23 - 66%
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 (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 42% -
Feb 22 34% -
Mar 22 27% -
Apr 22 32% -
May 22 31% -
Jun 22 30% -
Jul 22 31% -
Aug 22 38% 39%
Sep 22 31% 42%
Oct 22 26% 33%
Nov 22 28% 31%
Dec 22 32% 33%
Jan 23 35% 36%
Feb 23 29% 34%
Mar 23 23 % 25%
Apr 23 18% 22%
May 23 17% 15%
Jun 23 15% 15%
Jul 23 16% 15%
Aug 23 25% 19%
Sep 23 30% 17%
Oct 23 25% 9%
Nov 23 - 16%
Dec 23 - 18%
Work permits

Note

  • Approximately % 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 (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 48% -
Feb 22 51% -
Mar 22 29% -
Apr 22 23% -
May 22 26% -
Jun 22 28% -
Jul 22 28% -
Aug 22 34% 29%
Sep 22 27% 35%
Oct 22 23% 49%
Nov 22 24% 55%
Dec 22 25% 60%
Jan 23 26% 26%
Feb 23 23% 28%
Mar 23 18 % 28%
Apr 23 22% 26%
May 23 27% 24%
Jun 23 27% 22%
Jul 23 25% 22%
Aug 23 37% 22%
Sep 23 55% 20%
Oct 23 57% 20%
Nov 23 - 37%
Dec 23 - 33%

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