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Immigration Minister Sean Fraser MP

Canada Immigration Backlog Grows To 820,000 As Per New IRCC Data

Last Updated On 17 June 2023, 5:48 PM EDT (Toronto Time)

Canada immigration backlog increases slightly by around 1.35% to 820,000 as of May 31, 2023 according to new IRCC data updated on June 16, 2023.

Furthermore, applications processing under normal IRCC service standards jump by 231,000 to 1,428,000 because of increase in new applications across all the categories.

Overall, IRCC was managing around 2.25 million applications as of May 31, 2023.

This overall inventory is the highest since September 2022 Canada immigration backlog data.

Backlog only reduced for permanent residency applications by around 4.34% when compared to April 30 update.

Citizenship backlog jumps by whopping 13.69% and temporary residency applications backlog increases by 3.62%.

As per IRCC data, there has been around 30% increase in new temporary residency applications.

Application TypeOverall Processing InventoryBacklogWithin Service Standards
Permanent Residence640,000308,000332,000
Temporary Residence1,300,000429,000871,000
Canada Immigration Backlog Latest Data – May 31
Canada immigration backlog
IRCC Processing backlog
Canada immigration backlog
IRCC Processing Applications Within Service Standards

Canada Immigration Backlog Data Summary 2023

DateBacklogTotal Applications
Under Processing
May 31, 2023820,0002,248,000
April 30, 2023809,0002,006,000
March 31, 2023896,3002,017,700
February 28, 2023910,4001,962,600
January 31, 2023974,6001,944,500
Canada Immigration Backlog Data Summary 2023

Federal High Skilled Including Express Entry

MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
Jan 2320%20%
Feb 2320%20%
Mar 2318%20%
Apr 2317%20%
May 2315%20%
Jun 2320%
July 2320%
Federal High Skilled Including Express Entry backlog projections

Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program

MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
Jan 2338%40%
Feb 2332%39%
Mar 2330%32%
Apr 2328%30%
May 2330%28%
Jun 2324%
Jul 2322%
Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program Backlog

Spouses, Partners and children applications

MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
Jan 2324%24%
Feb 2323%24%
Mar 2324%24%
Apr 2323%24%
May 2320%24%
Jun 2324%
July 2324%
Spouses, Partners and children applications backlog projections

Citizenship Backlog Projections

MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
Jan 2327%26%
Feb 2326%25%
Mar 2325%24%
Apr 2325%24%
May 2323%24%
Jun 2324%
July 2324%
Citizenship Backlog Projections

Study Permit Backlog Projections

MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
Jan 2335%36%
Feb 2329%34%
Mar 2323 %25%
Apr 2318%22%
May 2317%15%
Jun 2315%
July 2315%
Study Permit Backlog Projections

Work Permit Backlog Projections

Approximately 72% of applications for work permits originate from the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program.

MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
Jan 2326%26%
Feb 2323%28%
Mar 2318 %28%
Apr 2322%26%
May 2327%24%
Jun 2322%
July 2322%
Work Permit Backlog Projections

Temporary Residence Visa (or Visitor Visa) Backlog Projections

19% of provisional resident visa (or visitor visa) applications in IRCC’s inventory are from the Canada-Ukraine emergency travel authorization.

MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
Jan 2368%68%
Feb 2364%68%
Mar 2361%65%
Apr 2350%56%
May 2345%42%
Jun 2342%
Jul 2342%
Temporary Residence Visa (or Visitor Visa) Backlog Projections

What is Canada immigration backlog and why is it different from IRCC Service Standard?

The IRCC minister segregated backlog data from IRCC service standards in August 2022.

For instance, if the processing time for spouse sponsorship is 12 months, then a pending application within 12 months is “NOT” a backlog.

Instead, it will be classified as being processed under IRCC service standards. However, if it exceeds 12 months, it is referred to as backlog.

The objective of IRCC is to process 80% of applications within service standards.


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