Study Abroad: New Backlog Update by IRCC || About 2.2 million Files are Under Processing

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Study Abroad: New Backlog Update by IRCC || About 2.2 million Files are Under Processing

As per the new IRCC backlog update published on 24th January 2024, Canada has been processing a record number of immigration and visa applications. Canada is still receiving new applications and as of 31st December, 2023 total number of applications received was 2,221,100. Canada has been receiving a huge number of applications for new temporary residency applications, including visitor visas, study permits, and work permits.

Immigration Backlog can be defined as any application for citizenship, temporary visa, or immigration that takes longer time than usual processing times. The backlog for temporary residence applications has increased by 7.42% however, the backlog for citizenship applications has decreased by 6%. On the other hand, the backlog for permanent residency applications has increased by 7.42% and that of inventory applications has increased by 6.65%. 

Month by Month Comparison of Backlogs for Canadian Immigration

Check the Month by Month Comparison of Backlogs for Canadian Immigration:

Application TypeBacklog Dec 31Backlog Nov 30Difference Since Nov 30Percentage Change Since Nov 30
Citizenship49,80053,000-3,200-6.04%
Permanent Residence308,900287,30021,6007.52%
Temporary Residence590,800550,00040,8007.42%
Total949,500890,30059,2006.65%

Month by Month Comparison of Application Process within Service Standards

Check the Month by Month Comparison of Application Process within Service Standards:

Application TypeWithin Service Standards, December 31Within Service Standards, November 30Percentage Change Since November 30
Citizenship212,300216,700-2.03%
Permanent Residence393,100365,7007.49%
Temporary Residence666,200620,0007.45%
Total1,271,6001,202,4005.76%

Canada to Decrease the Number of New International Study Permits Issued to 360000 Students in 2024 

IRCC Backlog Projections for 2024

As per the official forecasts released by IRCC for 2024, backlogs are expected to decrease month by month. Official backlog forecasts for IRCC by February 28, 2024, are given below:

  • 15–17% backlog in the Federal High Skilled and Provincial Nominee Program 
  • The backlog projection for the applications of citizenship and spousal sponsorship is also 15–17%
  • Backlog projection for study and work permits between 32% and 36%
  • The projection is 68% for temporary resident or visiting visas

Canada Will Soon Ease Citizenship for Second-Generation Born Abroad 

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