In December 2021, the immigration backlog reached 1,813,144 applications. It is 21,208 more than it was in October. As of December 15, 2021, there was a total backlog of 525,270 in permanent residence (PR) applications, 819,874 in temporary residence applications, 234,770 in economic, and 105,298 in family class applications. In addition, there were 157,658 protected persons waiting for their applications to be processed, as well as 27,520 applicants waiting under Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. Permit Holders Class had only a backlog of 24 applications.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published new instructions for foreign workers whose post-graduation work