Canadian immigration is still going strong even as the pandemic ushered in major reforms worldwide. Canada was quick to reinvent itself temporarily to specifically target immigration aspirants with prior Canadian work/study experience. About 42 percent of invitations in 2020 went to candidates who had Canadian education, up from 28% in 2019.
Canada is now on track to achieve its annual immigration target of over 430,000 new immigrants by the end of 2022. And it will continue to rise immigration targets as also evident from the decreasing application backlogs. The public can visit this official webpage to track the inventory.
Canada’s immigration backlog decreases slightly to 2.6 million. Of those, just about 50% were within service standards and the other half of applications were in the backlog.
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.
Note: There is a discrepancy in the application backlog data from the media department compared to data reported on the government website. But the crux of the matter is that IRCC is working to decrease the overall backlogs to accommodate more newcomers in the near future.
How much are Express Entry & PNP Inventories?
The inventory of the three Express Entry programs has improved over the past month. It stands at 40,180 persons compared to 51,616 at the end of April.
|Express Entry Inventory – Persons as of August 31|
|Federal Skilled Workers (EE)||11,669|
|Canadian Experience Class (EE)||5,214|
|Skilled Trades (EE)||299|
|Provincial/Territorial Nominees (EE)||22,998|
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) inventory is 5,214 persons, compared to 6,088 persons on June 06.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) inventory is 11,669 persons compared to 25,081 persons.
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 23,559 persons compared to 27,146 in early June.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) inventory not linked to the Express Entry stream has also declined to 41,832 persons compared to 68,221 persons. In fact, Canada is prioritizing more PNP candidates applying for permanent residency.
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Family-Class & Temporary Residence Programs Contributes to Canada Immigration Application Backlogs
|Inventory of Temporary Residence Applications, as of August 31, 2022|
|Study Permits Extensions||23,896|
|Temporary Resident Visas||896,772|
|Work Permits Extensions||169,624|
The overall inventory of family class applicants has increased to 125,746 persons from 112,837 persons in June.
The Spouses, Partners, and Children Program is declined compared to June. It stands at 61,073 persons compared to 67,929 persons.
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) shows a drastic increase and is now at 53,029 persons compared to 41,802 persons.
Effective July 4, IRCC 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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