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November 23, 2023

Canadian Immigration Backlog Still On The Rise

According to an official data released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, a total of 936,500 overall citizenship, temporary visa and immigration applications are yet to be processed by the department.

The IRCC has a set service standard for processing completed applications and any application that exceeds the set service time is usually tagged as backlog. As of October 31, 2023, IRCC has been managing a total of 2,166,800 applications.

See below IRCC Applications Under Service Standards

Application Type Within Service Standards
October 31
Within Service Standards September 30 Percentage Change Since September 30
Citizenship 214,800 216,400 -0.74%
Permanent Residence 351,500 362,300 -2.98%
Temporary Residence 664,000 687,700 -3.45%
Total 1,230,300 1,266,400 -2.85%

Since the pandemic, there has been a continuous increase in the backlog of applications to be processed by IRCC which has led to an unusual long waiting period for candidates expecting feedback on their completed applications.

See below Canadian backlog of 2023

Backlog Update Date Applications
In Backlog
Total Applications
Under Processing 
Backlog Net
%Age Change month-on-month
October 31, 2023 936,500 2,166,800 +0.86%
September 30, 2023 928,500 2,194,900 +9.9%
August 31, 2023 844,700 2,198,700 +5.2%
July 31, 2023 802,600 2,274,600 +0.2%
June 30, 2023 801,000 2,264,000 -2.3%
May 31, 2023 820,000 2,248,000 +1.4%
April 30, 2023 809,000 2,006,000 -9.7%
March 31, 2023 896,300 2,017,700 -1.5%
February 28, 2023 910,400 1,962,600 -6.6%
January 31, 2023 974,600 1,944,500 +6.1%

See below Canadian Immigration Backlog Month-on-Month Comparison

Application Type Backlog
Oct 31
Backlog 
Sep 30
Difference
Since
September 30
% Age Change
Since
September 30
Citizenship 56,400 58,200 -1,800 -3.09%
Permanent Residence 287,500 284,600 +2,900 1.02%
Temporary Residence 592,600 585,700 +6,900 1.18%
Total 936,500 928,500 +8,000 0.86%

Comparing the data for September and October 2023 in the above table, there has been a drop in citizenship application and an increase in permanent and temporary residency applications.

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