Building a stronger immigration system – Temporary residence

739,000
study permit
applications finalized in 2022.

Our performance

We continue to break records in processing temporary residence applications.

  • We finalized about 739,000 study permit applications in 2022, beating our 2021 record by more than 30%.
  • We’ve processed approximately 756,000 work permits from January 1, 2022 to , compared to about 215,000 over the same period last year.

Reducing backlog

We’re taking action to reduce the backlogs of temporary residence applications in our inventories, including for students and workers.

  • 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.
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 - 77%
Feb 23 - 76%
Mar 23 - 73%
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 27% 31%
Dec 22 33% 33%
Jan 23 - 36%
Feb 23 - 33%
Mar 23 - 23%
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 28% 55%
Dec 22 26% 60%
Jan 23 - 58%
Feb 23 - 47%
Mar 23 - 30%

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