Building a stronger immigration system – Permanent residence

471,550
new
permanent residents
welcomed in 2023

Our performance

We made over half a million decisions and welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents in 2023, up from 437,600 in 2022.

Reducing backlog

We’re taking steps to make the process of applying for permanent residence in Canada a better experience for our clients.

  • Information on this page is up to date as of . Data is approximate and subject to change.
  • IRCC is working toward our goal to process 80% of applications within our service standards, which allows for expected delays in very complex cases or when more information is needed from clients before finalizing 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.
Federal high-skilled (Express Entry)

Note

2022-2024 Percentage of backlog of federal high-skilled (Express Entry) applications – Actual and projected

2022-2024 Percentage of backlog of federal high-skilled (Express Entry) 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 16% 11%
Dec 23 17% 10%
Jan 24 17% 15%
Feb 24 - 15%
Mar 24 - 15%
Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry)

2022-2024 Percentage of backlog Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) applications – Actual and projected

2022-2024 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 22% 20%
Dec 23 20% 20%
Jan 24 19% 20%
Feb 24 - 20%
Mar 24 - 19%
Spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec)

2022-2024 Percentage of backlog of spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec) applications – Actual and projected

2022-2024 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 15% 16%
Dec 23 15% 16%
Jan 24 14% 15%
Feb 24 - 15%
Mar 24 - 15%

What we’ve done

We’ll continue to review and improve our processes so we can eliminate steps, use technology to support our employees and speed up processing.

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