Current State of Canada Express Entry: Backlogs Decreased By 24,000 Since December

Current state of Canada Express Entry

As per February 28 data released by IRCC, the current state of Canada Express Entry backlog is improving. The total number of Express Entry candidates waiting on decisions for their applications has decreased more among all economic class pathways to qualify for Canadian immigration. Canada Express Entry application backlog is decreased by 23,748 since December.


Canada Express Entry is an application management system to award permanent residency to suitable candidates. It manages applications under three federal programs namely Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canada Experience Class Program and Federal Skilled Trades Program. Additionally, Canada Provincial Nominee Program are free nominate interested Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nominations.

Any foreigner with enough work experience in skilled occupations can directly qualify for Canada PR under Federal Skilled Worker Program. No prior requirement of work experience inside Canada is needed. Whereas CEC Program allows foreigners like international student graduates having at least one year of work experience inside Canada to obtain Canada PR.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser recently indicated Canada Express Entry draws for skilled workers will resume in the “near future.”

Major Progress on Canada Experience Class Program and Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program Application Backlogs

Latest reports indicate that the backlogs under the Canadian Experience Class fell by 3,051 applications while the Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program backlogs fell by 4,314 persons, in February 2022 alone.

Going by the current state of Canada Express Entry draws and processing rates, IRCC could bring down the CEC & FSWP backlog to zero by the summer or by the end of the year respectively.

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The total number of applications, between December 15, 2021, and February 28, 2022, waiting on their decision to qualify for Canadian immigration, has decreased by 12,587 for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and another 9,092 for Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Even though IRCC slowed down FSWP processing last year, the federal department processed more FSWP applicants than it did in all of 2021 in the last two and a half months. IRCC had prioritized Canadian immigration applicants already present in Canada on various temporary resident visas to accommodate themselves for Canada permanent residency. In fact, it helped Canada achieve a record-breaking annual target of landing over 400,000 immigrants in 2021.

Economic Class Backlogs for Canada Permanent Residency Down

Canada boost of hosting 100+ economic class pathways for various categories of eligible candidates to qualify for Canadian immigration. Since October 2021, the data shows a decline in backlogs by 24,400 applicants.

However, the sudden popularity of non-Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Programs increased the inventory of immigration applications by 4,685. In the coming years, there are good chances to qualify for Canada permanent residency by obtaining provincial nominations first.

Here is a list of top economic-class Canada immigration programs under which about 300,000 applicants could be successfully landed in 2022.

  • Federal Skilled Workers
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Agri-Food Pilot Program
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs
  • Caring For Children Program
  • Federal Self Employed
  • High Medical Needs Program
  • Live-in Caregiver Program
  • Provincial/Territorial Nominees
  • Quebec Entrepreneur
  • Quebec Investor
  • Quebec Self Employed
  • Quebec Skilled Workers
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  • Skilled Trades
  • Start-up Business

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