Sean Fraser IRCC

IRCC Launches New Webpage Providing Immigration Backlog Data

Today, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser provided an update on on managing labour shortages, reducing backlogs, enhancing client experience, and reuniting families. During the press conference, he unveiled a new IRCC webpage which will be updated every month. It will be providing “immigration applications at a glance: Inventories and backlogs.”

  • Minister said it is important to understand the number of
    • applications under processing still within the normal IRCC processing times standards
    • V/s
    • applications in backlog exceeding the normal IRCC processing standards

As of July 31, 2022 there were around 2.4 million applications under processing. Out of which 1.3 million are backlog, while 1.1 million are within service standards. This webpage will also link to further pages offering the information on what IRCC is doing with temporary residence, permanent residence, and citizenship applications.

The new webpage will be providing breakdown of the aforementioned categories as well as in detail information for actual and projected backlog and processing data. The data will be updated at end of every month on this new webpage.

1.1 Million immigration applications within IRCC service standards


IRCC applications within Service Standards

1.3 million immigration applications outside IRCC service standards


IRCC applications outside Service Standards

Below are the category-wise IRCC backlog projections

1. Federal High Skilled

MonthBacklog
Jan 2289%
Feb 2292%
Mar 2298%
Apr 2299%
May 22100%
Jun 22100%
Jul 2299%
Aug 22 (projected)86%
Sep 22 (projected)72%
Oct 22 (projected)59%
Nov 22 (projected)46%
Dec 22 (projected)20%

2. Provincial Nominee Program

MonthBacklog
Jan 2256%
Feb 2255%
Mar 2254%
Apr 2251%
May 2247%
Jun 2245%
Jul 2243%
Aug 22 (projected)39%
Sep 22 (projected)35%
Oct 22 (projected)31%
Nov 22 (projected)28%
Dec 22 (projected)20%

3. Spouses, Partners and children applications

MonthBacklog
Jan 2234%
Feb 2232%
Mar 2230%
Apr 2229%
May 2227%
Jun 2227%
Jul 2226%
Aug 22 (projected)24%
Sep 22 (projected)23%
Oct 22 (projected)22%
Nov 22 (projected)20%
Dec 22 (projected)19%

4. Citizenship

MonthBacklog
Jan 2246%
Feb 2245%
Mar 2242%
Apr 2240%
May 2239%
Jun 2237%
Jul 2234%
Aug 22 (projected)31%
Sep 22 (projected)30%
Oct 22 (projected)29%
Nov 22 (projected)27%
Dec 22 (projected)25%

5. Study Permits

MonthBacklog
Jan 2242%
Feb 2234%
Mar 2227%
Apr 2232%
May 2231%
Jun 2230%
Jul 2231%
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%

6. Work Permits

**As per IRCC, approximately 70% of work permits applications are from the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

MonthBacklog
Jan 2248%
Feb 2251%
Mar 2229%
Apr 2223%
May 2226%
Jun 2228%
Jul 2228%
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%

7. Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Visitor Visa

**As per IRCC, approximately 20% of temporary resident visa or visitor visa applications are from the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

MonthBacklog
Jan 2270%
Feb 2274%
Mar 2255%
Apr 2255%
May 2256%
Jun 2271%
Jul 2267%
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

Source: IRCC official website