Canada faced a rapidly-growing backlog of applications for citizenship and temporary and permanent residence in the first five months of this year as Ottawa set a record-breaking pace for welcoming new immigrants.
By the end of the first week of June, Canada’s backlog of immigration applications had hit almost 2.39 million. The exact number was 2,387,884.
That’s a spike of almost 12.1 per cent, or 257,499 applications, from the slightly more than 2.1 million – exactly 2,130,385 – in the backlog at the beginning of May.Ottawa’s move to welcome an unlimited number of Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country is being blamed for at least part of the increase in applications.
Processing Inventory Of Permanent Residence Applications As Of June 6
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Inventory of Temporary Residence Applications as of June 6
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Canada Processing Permanent And Temporary Residence Applications Faster Than Ever
“Canada has just welcomed its 200,000th permanent resident this year, as of June 9, 2022, more than a month and a half faster than any year in recent history of Canada,” revealed Caron.
“It is worth noting that IRCC has already processed 175,616 study permit applications between January and April 2022. This compares to 163,346 applications during the same time period in 2021, which was a record year for study permit processing, or 93,290 for the same time period in 2019, before the pandemic.”
The backlog at the start of this month also included 394,664 citizenship applications, down marginally from the 399,325 citizenship applications in the inventory at the beginning of May.
The growing backlog of immigration applications comes as Canada is welcoming immigrants at a record-setting pace.
The latest IRCC data shows there were 149,820 new permanent residents to Canada in the first four months of this year, putting the country on track to welcome 449,460 new permanent residents this year, or 17,815 more than the 431,645 record-breaking target of the latest immigration levels plan.
Canada’s open-door policy for immigration has it already on track to welcome 2,405 more new permanent residents this year than the 447,055 set out under next year’s even more ambitious immigration target.
A big driver of that immigration growth so far this year has been the one-time, temporary-to-permanent resident (TR-to-PR) program which took applications until November and was flooded with 84,177 applications.
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