IRCC’s temporary and permanent residence processing inventory has increased due to Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET).
Canada’s immigration backlog now exceeds 2 million.
Here is a look at the backlogs since July, 2021:
- April 11-12, 2022: 2,031,589 persons
- March 15 and 17, 2022: 1,844,424 persons
- February 1, 2022: 1,815,628 persons
- December 15, 2021: 1,813,144 persons
- October 27, 2021: 1,792,404 persons
- July 6, 2021: 1,447,474 persons
An IRCC media spokesperson has explained that the temporary resident visas and work permit inventory have increased significantly with the CUAET. The program permits IRCC to bring people to Canada through existing temporary resident visa processes, networks, and infrastructure. It is a temporary residency pathway to Canada and not a refugee program. To date, IRCC has received 204,227 CUAET applications. For a current number, please click here.
An Overview of Other Pathways
Since December 2020, rounds of invitation have been temporarily paused for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Since September 2021, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates have not seen a draw. There has been a recent reduction in the Express Entry backlog. Express Entry is currently the primary way IRCC welcomes skilled immigrants.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the IRCC has worked with a larger than ever inventory. An additional $85 million has since been allocated to hire more processing agents, digitalize applications, and re-allocate work to IRCC officers worldwide to help reduce wait times for newcomers.
Many people continue to experience wait times far above the IRCC’s standards despite these efforts. The IRCC hopes service standards are normalized by the end of this year.