Latest Update – IRCC Backlog Improved For The First Time!

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IRCC Backlog Update as of February 28. Finally, immigration has seen some improvement in processing of certain applications as compared to IRCC’s backlog in December 2021. Express entry has been at focus of clearing the backlog during the aforementioned period.

An article by CIC news reported that there has been significant improvement in clearing the IRCC backlog from Dec 2021 to Feb 1, 2022. You should understand what this update means. It represents the inventory of applications in process by IRCC for specified categories. Most of the improvement was seen in the following economic categories:

IRCC Backlog: Following Categories Had Reduction In Processing Inventory!

Category%age of backlog reduced
since Dec 15, 2021
Express Entry (CEC only)51%
High Medical Needs Program48%
Live-In Caregiver program25%
Express Entry (Skilled Trades)21.49%
Express Entry (FSW only)16.67%
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs14%
Federal Skilled Workers (C-50)12.58%
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) 9.57%
Quebec Entrepreneur7.7%
Quebec Investor5.23%
Provincial/Territorial Nominees (EE)4.68%
Quebec Skilled Workers3.07%
As of Feb 28, 2022 and since Dec 2021
Following Categories HAD A RISE IN PROCESSING INVENTORY!
Category%age of applications added to backlog
TR to PR70.23%
Canadian Experience Class (No EE)52.72%
Caring For Children Program30.12%
Provincial/Territorial Nominees (No EE)17%
Quebec Self Employed4.7%
Federal Self Employed3.64%
Start-up Business2.45%
As of Feb 28, 2022 and since Dec 2021

To put in perspective for overall IRCC progress, only 1.52% of backlog has been cleared since Dec 2021.

It will be interesting to see this backlog at end of March 2022. We believe there is a possibility of increase in this backlog as IRCC is currently prioritizing Ukrainians fleeing from the war from Russia.

234,770 persons were awaiting a decision on their application in Dec 15, 2021. Now the number has reduced to 231,187 which is only around reduction of 3,600 applications.

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Kamal Deep Singh, RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) licensed by CICC (formerly known as ICCRC) with member number R708618. He brings extensive knowledge of immigration law and new changes to rapidly evolving IRCC.