The Immigration Backlog Queue in Canada is Getting Shorter
The Immigration Backlog of Canada Drops to 2.4 Million People
Today’s blog is going to be about the reduction in the immigration backlog of Canada.
According to data from IRCC, the immigration backlog in Canada has been reduced to over 2.4 million.
The backlog of temporary residence applications has been reduced to a large extent. On the other hand, the permanent residence backlog has seen a slight increase.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provided updated data, the latest as of November 3.
What is The Status of The Present Inventories?
The citizenship inventory, in contrast to 351,964 applicants on October 3, stands at 331,401 as of October 31.
The permanent residence inventory as of November 3 stands at 506,421 people compared to 505,562 applicants as of October 3.
The temporary residence inventory was 1,537,566 people on November 3 in contrast to 1,651,649 as of October 3.
Due to these changes, decreases in two of the three major categories were visible. Also, most reductions were in the temporary residence inventory.
The Inventories for PNP and Express Entry
The Express Entry has 39,589 pending applications as of November 3.
The draws between September 21, 2021, and July 6, 2022, were limited to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates because IRCC was trying to maintain its standards of processing the Express Entry applications in six months or fewer. IRCC has once again started holding rounds of invitations for candidates of Express Entry from all programs as of July. Due to the stop in Express Entry invitations to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), IRCC was able to reduce the Express Entry inventory and it’s now back to the service standards of processing the application within 6 months for those who have received invitations for permanent residency since July 6.
The Provincial Nominee Program has a 62,073 applications inventory which includes both base and enhanced.
The Inventory for Family Class
For all family class immigration programs, the inventory is up to 128,112, compared to the 125,488 of October 3.
The Spouses and Partners program, which is one of the largest inventories among all lines of business at 61,118, a small rise compared with the inventory of October 3.
The PGP (Parents and Grandparents Program) compared to 53,530 in October has an inventory of 55,653 persons.
What Are The Service Standards of IRCC?
According to the IRCC webpage, 2.6 million applications were in the inventory of IRCC on September 30. The IRCC web page monitors the inventory of applications in all lines of business. Among those, 1.1 million were within service standards and 1.5 million were backlogged. This shows that IRCC has made progress in reducing the backlog over the past month.
IRCC is aiming to process 80% of applications within service standards or the target that IRCC sets for processing the average application, based on the immigration program.
The service standard contradicts the actual amount of time IRCC takes for processing the applications. Those applications which are not processed within the service standard for their program are listed in the backlog.
The service standard of each service is different. For instance, as mentioned earlier, the service standard for permanent residence application through the Express Entry program is six months. But for other lines of business in the economic class, it is longer. IRCC has a 12-months service standard for spousal and child family class sponsorship.
For temporary residence applications, the service standard is between 60-120 days based on the application type (study or work) and if it was submitted from abroad or within Canada.
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