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IRCC processed all-time high 4.8 million applications in 2022

Vimal Sivakumar - 21 December, 2022

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Combining new applications processed with the reduction in Canada's immigration application backlog, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has processed a record-breaking 4.8 million total applications this year.

The record-high number of applications processed by IRCC in 2022 is a result of several factors. 

Chief among these factors would be IRCC's efforts to reduce the country's immigration application backlog, which stood at approximately 2.67 million just six months ago (July 15-17, 2022). According to the latest data provided by IRCC, the backlog is down to 2.2 million (as of December 2, 2022)

Note: Between August and December 2022, IRCC reduced its total backlog by nearly half a million applications, processing nearly twice as many applications as it did between August and December last year (2.5 million)

This milestone number of processed applications comes as Canada is also on track to break another national record, this time for permanent residents admitted into this country in one year. After exceeding its 2021 permanent residence (PR) admissions target and welcoming more than 401,000 permanent residents to Canada, IRCC is on track to set a new record once again by admitting 431,000 new permanent residents by the end of 2022.

IRCC has also released data that provides some particulars regarding which immigration categories have had the highest number of processed applications this year. That breakdown is as follows: 

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