Immigration backlogs within Canada have fallen to 2.2 million


It is shown through data that applications that do not reach the required service standards are continuously being removed by the IRCC.

The results of the new data collected by the (IRCC) Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada have shown that the visa backlog within Canada has been further reduced to slightly above 2.2 million.

The IRCC provided updated data as recently as 2nd December to the CIC news through email.

The following data shows the status of the inventory across all business lines since July 2021:

Recent status of inventory

On November 30 the citizenship inventory stood at 314,630 applicants compared to its previous number of 331,401 on October 31.

The (PR) permanent residence inventory stood at 512,342 applicants on 2nd December, compared to the 506,421 applicants as of November 3.

The temporary residence inventory stood at 1,416, 125 applicants on December 2nd, compared to 1,537,566 persons as of November 3.

Through this data, it can be seen that there was a reduction in visa backlogs within two of the three major within Canada.

Immigration Category

Persons as of December 2, 2022

Permanent Residence


Temporary Residence




Grand total


Express Entry Inventory

On December 2, the results of the data from the IRCC show that the Express Entry programs had 43,326 applications waiting in the queue. This is an increase of more than 3,500 since November 3 data, when the inventory stood at 39,589.

Out of the total number of applicants applying for Express Entry programs, there are approximately 5,000 more applicants who have applied for the Canadian Experience Class over the past month.

PNP Inventory

There are a total of 62,343 applications within the PNP inventory consisting of applications from both Base and Enhanced categories combined.

Family class inventory

The Family Class inventory consists of all the applications from every family class immigration program. This inventory has experienced a drop in the number of applications, however, it is only a slight drop from 128,112 applications on November 3rd to 127,091 in December.

Within the Family class immigration programs the Spouses and Partners sponsorship program is one if the largest inventories out of all lines of business, at 62,106, a minimal increase compared with November 3.

The (PGP) Parents and Grandparents Program inventory has decreased from 55,653 applicants in November to 53,770 applicants waiting for decisions in December.

Tackling the backlog

The immigration department within Canada has reported that between January and October of the current, they have produced 4.3 million final decisions regarding permanent residents, temporary residents, and citizens which is 2 million decisions more than 2.3 million final decisions that occurred during the same period in 2021.

It is the goal of the IRCC to reduce the visa backlogs by over 50% by the end of March 2023 and in order to achieve this goal the department has already started transitioning towards a 100% application process for a majority of the permanent resident programs with additional accommodations being made for those who for some reason cannot apply online.

Citizenship applications now already have a 100% application process for those above the age of 18 and soon the IRCC plans to make all Citizenship digital for those under the age of 18 as well.

Immigration backlogs within Canada have fallen to 2.2 million

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