IRCC’s backlog stands at almost 1.8 million immigration applications.
CIC News has received data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) showing the following number of applications in IRCC’s inventory as of October 27, 2021 (figures are rounded):
IRCC’s figures indicate their backlog has grown by nearly 350,000 applications since July.
In August, a report by Nicholas Keung of the Toronto Star showed that the backlog as of July 6, 2021 stood at about:
In an email to CIC News, an IRCC spokesperson explained “Ongoing international travel restrictions, border restrictions, limited operational capacity overseas and the inability on the part of clients to obtain documentation due to the effects of COVID-19 have created barriers within the processing continuum. This hinders IRCC’s ability to finalize applications, creating delays that are outside IRCC’s control.”
At the same time, the spokesperson acknowledged the challenges that applicants are facing, noting “Despite our efforts, we know that some applicants have experienced considerable wait times with the processing of their applications, and we continue to work as hard as possible to reduce processing times. We thank them for their patience and understanding at this moment, and we look forward to welcoming them to Canada.”
IRCC also shared data on the number of applications it has processed during the pandemic:
The following tables provide detail on the backlogs by permanent and temporary residence program:
Number of Permanent Residence Applications in Processing Inventory as of October 27, 2021 by Application Type (in Persons)
Number of Temporary Residence Applications (Including Extensions) in Inventory as of October 27, 2021 by Application Type (in Persons)
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
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