India continues to be the top source of new Canadian immigrants, followed by Nigeria, the Philippines, and China.
In total, Canada landed 263,180 new immigrants in the first two quarters of 2023, with more than 84,000 having Indian nationality.
A total of 437,610 new permanent residents were landed in Canada last year, with the first half of 2022 landing 232,120 new permanent residents.
Below is a country-wise list of the top 10 sources of new permanent residents who arrived between January and June 2023.
|Country||New Permanent |
|China, People’s Republic of||18,760|
|United States of America||6,675|
India tops the list of new citizens
IRCC processed 177,415 citizenship applicants between January and June 2023; out of which more than 35,000 were Indian nationals.
Filipinos, Nigerians, Syrians, and Pakistanis are among the top 5 sources of new citizens for Canada.
Citizenship uptake is still lower as compared to 2022, with Canada welcoming 232,120 new citizens in the same time period last year.
In 2022, a total of 437,610 individuals became new Canadian citizens. This data includes grants of citizenship, adoptions, and resumptions of citizenship.
|Country||Number of |
|People’s Republic of China||5,288|
|United States of America||3,932|
India is also top source of New international Students
Canada welcomed a total of 434,899 new international students in the first half of 2023, and more than 40% were from India.
Following India, Nigeria, the Philippines, China, and Nepal are among the top 5 source countries of new international students coming to Canada.
During the same time period last year, IRCC approved only 292,376 new study permit applications. A total of 736,627 new study permit applications were approved in 2022.
Below is the country-wise list of new international students approved in the first half of 2023.
|People’s Republic of China||14,976|
|Federal Republic of Cameroon||7,690|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the||6,872|
|Guinea, Republic of||6,582|
|Republic of Ivory Coast||5,271|
|Socialist Republic of Vietnam||4,242|
Nearly 300,000 Visitor Visas have been approved for Indians
299,062 Indians got visitor visas approved as per the IRCC’s latest data on the processing of visitor visas in the first half of 2023.
In total, the IRCC approved 987,877 visitor visas in the first two quarters of 2023, which is just 14% less than the total of 1,154,945 in the full year of 2022.
|Country||Visitor Visas |
approved by IRCC
|People’s Republic of China||103,707|
|Socialist Republic of Vietnam||24,319|
This data includes foreign nationals coming as tourists or to visit family or friends, but does not include TRVs issued to temporary foreign workers, foreign students, diplomats, etc.
How many new immigrants has arrived in Canada in the last 5 years?
Canada landed 1,690,480 new permanent residents during the years 2018–2022.
Canada is on track to hit their record target of welcoming a total of 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023, with 263,180 new permanent residents already arriving in the first half of 2023.