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Ray of hope for those wishing to relocate- Canada's immigration backlog shrinking

Last Updated: February 10, 2022

The immigration backlog in Canada currently stands around 1.8 million people, however, there are signs of recovery and progress. Covid-19 had a massive impact on the immigration sector. The immigration offices were closed, and staff capacity was restricted even when they were open. Flights were canceled. Visas were put on hold. This delay had an impact not just on the Canadian economy, but also on individuals who were looking to migrate.


Applications from prospective citizens, permanent residents, foreign students, temporary employees, and tourists are among those in the backlog. When these categories are added together, the total number of people awaiting judgments is 1,815,628.


On October 27, 2021, the entire backlog was 548,195, and it is now at 519,030, which is a sign of relief for those whose applications are still being processed.


Since October, the number of applications for permanent residency has also declined by 29,165.


Another piece of positive news is that IRCC is now processing an average of 800 Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) applications each week, up from 150 previously.


IRCC also recognises that delays in processing applications frequently tear families apart, therefore they are currently working to improve the entire system by speeding up the process. In December 2021, the backlog on the family class inventory stood at 105,298; but as of 1st Feb 2022, it stands at 102,222. This indicates that problems are gradually being worked out.


People who have applied under the Canadian Experience Class (EE), Federal Self Employed (Federal Business), Quebec Business (Quebec Investor), and Quebec Skilled Workers categories should also breathe a sigh of relief since the backlog in all of these immigration categories is also decreasing.


Minister Fraser stated on January 31 that the IRCC’s $85 million budget will be utilised to reduce processing times for study permits and work permits, as well as to prioritise permanent residency applications. He indicated that things shall be back on track by the end of the year.



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