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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Immigration backlog in Canada reaches 1.8 million

Updated: Jan 12


Immigration backlog in Canada reaches 1.8 million

The backlog of immigration applications reached 1,813,144 in December 2021. Compared with October, the backlog increased 21208.


As of December 15, 2021, there was a total backlog of 525,270 in permanent residence (PR) applications. The immigration category and the number of people for the permanent residence applications are as follows:

  • Economic Class - 234,770

  • Family Class - 105,298

  • Humanitarian and Compassionate/Public Policy - 27,520

  • Permit Holders Class - 24

  • Protected Persons - 157,658

The total for the temporary residence applications was also 819,874. The immigration category and the number of people for the temporary residence applications include:

  • Study Permit - 122,476

  • Study Permit extension - 24,461

  • Temporary Resident Permit - 6,726

  • Temporary Resident Visa - 403,752

  • Visitor Record extension - 60,499

  • Work Permit - 78,080

  • Work Permit extension - 123,880




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