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February 17, 2022

Canada is sitting over an immigration backlog of almost 2 million applications

People all around the world are facing difficulties as they are waiting for a long time to get the results of their Canadian visa application. A recent data report from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada shows that Canada is having a backlog of almost two million immigration applications.

The pending applications include several applications from future candidates, permanent residents, international students, temporary workers, and visitors as stated by the media.
The application processing delays have occurred due to the Covid-19 outbreak as stated by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Due to Covid-19, most of the department’s in-person offices remained shuttered for over two years making the applicants left with no clear method to check on the status of their applications.
The number of people waiting for the application decisions is around 1,815,628 which is up by 0.15 from December 2021.
The number of applications for permanent resident applicants has gone down by several 29,165 since October which included the improvement of the economic class followed by the family class.
The number of temporary residence inventory applications has risen by 73,000 applications since October but Canada has also seen a decline in the study permit applications. Recently, Canada has seen a workers shortage, and to fulfil the worker’s demand, Canada has seen a demand for various temporary residence categories throughout the pandemic.
The temporary resident program of Canada considers three types of “classes” which include visitors, workers, and students.
According to the announcement made by Minister Fraser on 31st January states that the county is planning to make 147,000 PR decisions during the first quarter of 2022 making double the applications approved during 2021. IRCC’s new budget of $85 million will help the processing service standards to return to normal for the work permits, study permits, and permanent resident card renewals latest by the end of 2022.
Canada has seen a rise in the population making it to 37 million people in 2021 even after having such a big number of applications backlog. The reasons behind the rise in the population are due to immigration in the downtowns and distant suburbs of large cities making them grow stronger.
Residents arriving in Canada from all over the world during the year 2016-2021 is around 1.8 million making Canada retain the position as the fastest-growing G7 country as stated in the Census 2021 released by Statistics Canada. Of those 1.8 billion people, 80% of people belonged from all over the world.

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