Canada remained highly committed to meeting its record immigration level of over 400,000 new permanent residents even during the pandemic, and now experiencing high Canadian immigration application backlogs.
Despite an improvement in Express Entry backlogs along with Quebec skilled workers and PNP inventory, the overall Canadian immigration application has grown by nearly 260,000 persons over the past month. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) backlogs have grown to 2.4 million persons.
While the reason for the rise in Canada immigration application backlogs is multiple, the recent spike is due to a significant increase in the temporary residence application.
Economic-Class Under Express Entry Stays Strong
The inventory of the three Express Entry programs has improved over the past month. It stands at 31,603 persons compared to 40,889 at the end of April.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) inventory is 6,088 persons, compared to 7,522 persons on April 29.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) inventory is 25,081 persons compared to 32,883 persons.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) inventory is 434 persons compared to 484 persons in late April.
IRCC may soon go back to its pre-pandemic service standard of processing most Express Entry applications within six months.
The inventory of Quebec skilled workers has declined to 27,146 persons compared to 32,130 in late April.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) inventory has also declined to 68,221 persons compared to 72,194 persons.
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Family-Class & Temporary Residence Programs Contributes to Canada Immigration Application Backlogs
|Inventory of Temporary Residence Applications, as of June 06, 2022
|Study Permits Extensions
|Temporary Resident Visas
|Work Permits Extensions
The overall inventory of family class applicants is up to 112,837 persons compared to 108,863 persons.
The Spouses, Partners, and Children Program is up slightly compared to late April. It stands at 67,929 persons compared to 67,102 persons.
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) has risen again and is now at 41,802 persons compared to 38,478 persons.
IRCC recently announced that effective July 4, it is implementing reforms that will allow certain parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for up to seven years per entry under the Super Visa.
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Canadian immigration is still going strong. It has reinvented itself temporarily to specifically target immigration aspirants with prior Canadian work/study experience. About 42 per cent of invitations in 2020 went to candidates who had Canadian education, up from 28% in 2019.
IRCC is resuming Express Entry draws to target Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) & Canada Experience Class (CEC) candidates. Usually, Canadian immigration application under FSWP belongs to off-shore aspirants with no prior work/study experience in Canada.
Canada has even publicly declared its intention to increase the mass immigration of skilled workers, and international students in 2022 & beyond to settle there permanently.
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