Canada Immigration: Visitor Visa Applicants Benefit Most As Backlog Continues to Decrease


The most recent data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that Canada’s immigration backlog has decreased to just over 2.2 million, down from last month’s 2.4 million.

As per a report of CIC News, IRCC has provided updated data, which is current as of December 2 and per the data the inventory across all lines of business has progressed as follows since July 2021.


Canada’s immigration backlog continues to decrease

November 3, 2022 2,411,388 persons
September 30, 2022 2,600,000 persons
August 31, 2022 2,583,827 persons
July 15-17, 2022 2,679,031 persons
June 1-6, 2022 2,387,884 persons
April 30-May 2, 2022 2,130,385 persons
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

As a result, the citizenship inventory stands at 3,14,630 applicants as of November 30, up from 3,31,401 on October 31.

As of December 2, the permanent residence inventory stood at 5,12,342 people, a decrease from the 5,06,421 recorded on November 3.


The biggest reduction was seen in the temporary residence (visitor visa) inventory, which dropped to 14,16,125 people on December 2 from 15,37,566 on November 3.

Immigration CategoryPersons as of December 2, 2022
Permanent Residence512,342
Temporary Residence1,416,125
Grand total2,243,097

As of December 2, there were 43,326 applications for Express Entry programmes in the queue, an increase of over 3,500 from the previous data on November 3rd, which stood at 39,589.

The inventory for all family-based immigration programmes has decreased slightly to 1,27,091 from 1,28,112 on November 3.

The Spouses and Partners sponsorship programme have one of the largest inventories among all lines of business, with 62,106 items, a slight increase from November 3.


53,770 people are currently listed in the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), compared to 55,653 people who were waiting for decisions in November.

According to data as of September 30, there were 1.5 million applications in the backlog, so the IRCC was able to eliminate over 3,50,000 of them.

According to CIC News, this comes as the number of applications for permanent residency has increased.

According to IRCC, they produced 4.3 million final decisions for permanent residents, temporary residents, and citizenship between January and October 2022, compared to 2.3 million final decisions in the same period last year.


By the end of March 2023, the Canadian citizenship body hopes to have a backlog of less than 50% across all lines of business.

To that end, on September 23, IRCC began the transition to 100% digital applications for most permanent resident programmes.

It also hopes to make all citizenship applications, including those for minors under the age of 18, digital by the end of this year.

(Source: CIC News)


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Manish Khandelwal
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Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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