IRCC dynamic processing times

Canada invited 108,000 new PRs in Q1 of 2022 – launches Dynamic Processing Times

IRCC launches Dynamic Processing Times as Canada invited 108,000 new Permanent Residents in the first quarter of 2022. The high number was because of a record number of final decisions on applications in the quarter.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) exceeded its goal of 147,000 permanent residence final decisions in the first quarter. IRCC doubled the number of final decisions it made during the first quarter of 2021.

Canada also exceeded its citizenship plan goals for 2021-2022 with over 210,000 new Canadian citizens.  The country also continues to modernize the citizenship process through online testing, virtual oath ceremonies, and an online application status tracker.


IRCC made over half a million decisions and welcomed over 405,000 new permanent residents in 2021. That is the greatest number of newcomers in a year in Canadian history. Following a record year for study permits in 2019, IRCC increased its output by 32% in 2021 by finalizing almost 560,000 study permit applications. In the same year, nearly 169,000 applicants—a record number—made the transition from worker status to permanent residence in Canada.

IRCC launches Dynamic Processing Times to cut down on backlog

IRCC continues to face a severe backlog in applications processing. Canada is actively modernizing and digitizing IRCC processes to cut down on the backlog.

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IRCC continues to update processing times tool to show more realistic, up-to-date information. Improving processing times and providing more accurate estimates will help applicants better plan their travel and life.


IRCC states on its Facebook page about IRCC improving processing times:

We will continue our work to digitize and modernize how we deliver our programs and services, so Canada remains a destination of choice for people all over the world.

IRCC is improving its operations, adding resources and streamlining processes. Canada allocated another funding of $85 million to these initiatives in the 2021 Economic and Fiscal Update.

On March 31, 2022, Canada announced it will now use Dynamic Processing Times for all PR and citizenship applications. Dynamic Processing Times will provide meaningful, timely, and transparent information to applicants. It will provide clients with more accurate estimates of how long it will take to process their application. Updated calculations will be posted weekly, using data from the previous 6 months.

Dynamic processing times for temporary residence services are already in place, using data from the past 8 or 16 weeks.

Dynamic processing times will provide realistic and up-to-date information for clients. It will reflect the volumes of applications being processed as well as the latest operational realities. It will allow those who want to come to Canada to live, work, and study to plans more accurate timeline.

Quick facts

  • On January 31, 2022, Minister Fraser announced new measures to improve client experience and modernize the immigration system. This included a goal to make 147,000 permanent residence final decisions in the first quarter of 2022.
  • In the 2021 Economic and Fiscal Update, the Government proposed $85 million in new funding to reduce application backlog. The investment targets additional staff and return to processing service standards in various programs. These also include study permits, work permits and permanent resident card renewals. IRCC is also working to reduce processing times for visitor visas and proof of citizenship.
  • In February 2022, IRCC launched a new digital case status tracker. The tracker allows some family class applicants, sponsors and representatives to more easily check their application status online. For the initial launch, the tracker is available for permanent residence applicants in the spouse, partner and dependent child categories.
  • IRCC began holding virtual citizenship ceremonies on April 1, 2020. Between April 1, 2020, and January 31, 2022, more than 198,900 citizens oaths used a virtual platform.


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.