Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) brings down the overall immigration inventory by nearly half a million applications since August 2022. The reduction of applications in inventory comes alongside a record-breaking year for immigration intake.
- over 700,000 Work Permits
- 670,000 Study Permits In 2022
- 251,000 new citizens between April and November
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser remarked, “Our actions are ensuring that we can continue to welcome and support newcomers who come to Canada to work, study, visit, or settle here,” to highlight the reduction in inventory alongside an increase in admission levels.
The total reduction in inventory is almost double the number of applications processed over the same period in 2021 when the department processed 2.5 million applicants.
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Canada Immigration Service Standards
A backlog application means it has not been processed within service standards.
The service standards set out by IRCC for various immigration programs are available on the official website and provide the expected timeline, or goal, for how long it should take to process an application.
For example, a permanent residence application through an Express Entry program has a standard of six months. It is longer for other economic class lines of business. IRCC states its service standard for spousal and child family class sponsorship is 12 months.
For the year 2023, IRCC will process 80% of applications across all lines of business within service standards. IRCC has also categorically mentioned that most new study permits and Express Entry applications will be processed within service standards.
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