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Canada processes nearly half of the immigration applications within the service standards

On February 21, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updated the data on immigration inventories and backlogs. According to the last update, there were 1,944,500 applications for permanent residence, temporary residence permits and citizenship approvals in all IRCC inventories. According to the update, 49.8% of applications in the inventory exceeded service standards. IRCC is dedicated to processing 80% of applications within their service standard, though some complex cases may require a comprehensive assessment. Currently, 47% of temporary residence requests – including ones for visiting, studying, or working abroad and 44% of permanent residency applications are in backlog. Additionally, 27% of citizenship applications are also exceeding service standards.

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