Did you know Canada’s immigration backlog has heightened by 257 499 people over the last month? This growth has largely been contributed by a substantial rise in temporary residence applications. As of 2nd May, the citizen inventory was 399,325 as opposed to 394,664 applicants as of 1st June.
And if you look at the permanent residence inventory, it stands at 522,047 people as of 6th June, while the temporary one has increased to 1,471,173 individuals.
Now let’s look at how the backlog has progressed since last summer;
1st -6th June, 2022: 2,387,884 persons
30th April -2nd May 2022: 2,130,385 persons
11th -12th April, 2022: 2,031,589 persons
15th and 17th March 2022: 1,844,424 persons
1st February, 2022: 1,815,628 persons
15th December, 2021: 1,813,144 persons
27th October, 2021: 1,792,404 persons
6th July 2021: 1,447,474 persons
Does the Express Entry Continue to Improve?
We realized that the three Express Entry programs’ inventories have kept improving over recent months. At the end of April, it stood at 40,889 compared to the current standings of 31,603 people.
Looking at the Canadian Experience Class inventory, you will note that it has moved from 7,522 individuals on 29th April to 6,088. Also, the Federal Skilled Worker Program inventory has moved from 32,883 to 25,081 people. And that’s without forgetting the Federal Skilled Trades Program inventory that has improved from 484 people in April to 434 persons.
In December 2020, IRCC executed a break on draws to FSTP and FSWP candidates in the middle of the pandemic, and in September 2021, it did a similar implementation for CEC candidates. We established that IRCC has recently been prioritizing to finalize Express Entry requests. This way, it can recommence invitations to candidates for the three programs in early July.
And IRCC has promised to go back to its pre-pandemic service standard once these draws resume.
What about Quebec Skilled Worker and Provincial Nominee Program Inventory?
Take a look at the Quebec Skilled Workers inventory. You will note that it has declined from 32,130 persons in April to the current 27,146. And so is the PNP inventory, which has also reduced from 72,194 to 68 221 people.
But the Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) Program inventory keeps increasing. From 44,449 persons, it is now up to 49,447 people.
Family Class Inventory is Also Up
Looking at the overall inventory of family class applicants, you realize it is also up to 112,837 persons from 108,863. And the situation is the same for the Spouses, Partners, and Children Program, which has slightly risen to 67,929 persons compared to 67,102 persons in late April. What about the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)? It is also up again and is now at 41,802 compared to 38,478 persons. As it stands, IRCC is yet to make known details of its PGP 2022 plans. But from what we gathered from its recent announcement, it will be implementing amendments that will permit certain grandparents and parents to continue staying in the
country for up to 7 years per entry effective 4th July under the Super Visa.