Quarterly Administrative Data Release

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The Quarterly Administrative Data Release provides up-to-date portraits of the immigration process, including both permanent and temporary streams, as well as an overview of the citizenship process.

When using these tables, it is important to remember that:

  • All current year data are preliminary estimates. In particular, there is a time lag associated with applications being entered into CIC systems, which may initially result in an underestimation of applications actually received. These numbers will stabilize over time.
  • After an authorization/visa is issued, applicants can choose if and when they will enter Canada within a specified period of time up to 12 months. A successful applicant becomes either a temporary resident or a permanent resident upon arrival in Canada.
  • An application for citizenship can only be made by a permanent resident after they have lived in Canada for at least three years of residence (1,095 days) in the four years immediately preceding the date that they apply.

CIC Operational Network at a Glance

  Calendar year Year to date
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2008 (Jan‑Sep) 2009 (Jan‑Sep)
Permanent Residence (Persons)              
Applications Received 347,004 353,016 419,776 452,034 445,622 344,500 240,589
Network Outcomes              
Positive 245,222 256,195 258,776 252,399 249,600 198,673 208,906
Negative 33,662 109,604 93,819 84,031 81,656 61,803 59,353
Withdrawn 28,447 33,922 30,947 23,090 26,681 17,345 31,555
Total Network Outcomes 307,331 399,721 383,542 359,520 357,937 277,821 299,814
Total Authorizations and Visas Issued 241,549 252,192 253,523 249,675 246,181 195,395 207,430
Temporary Residence (Persons)              
Applications Received 1,317,027 1,400,551 1,477,133 1,545,518 1,557,283 1,252,266 1,215,097
Network Outcomes              
Positive 1,107,679 1,164,717 1,221,752 1,275,141 1,259,745 1,017,789 993,518
Negative 185,463 209,870 225,581 243,245 264,030 206,166 208,993
Withdrawn 19,516 19,177 35,373 25,737 23,320 16,693 26,547
Total Network Outcomes 1,312,658 1,393,764 1,482,706 1,544,123 1,547,095 1,240,648 1,229,058

Source: CIC, Operational Databases, 3rd Quarter 2009

CIC Permanent Resident Applicants Awaiting a Decision

  As of December 31 (unless otherwise indicated)
Volumes (in persons) 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
(June 30)
2009 (Sep 30)
Working inventory
Federal Skilled Worker applications received on or after the priority processing date of February 27, 2008* n/a n/a n/a n/a 107,529 142,174 135,890
Backlog
Federal Skilled Worker applications received before the priority processing date of February 27, 2008* 503,037 486,548 509,585 586,109 515,546 451,948 424,926
All Other Permanent Resident Applications** 264,814 336,370 333,849 339,608 373,985 391,305 408,730
Backlog Subtotal 767,851 822,918 843,434 925,717 889,531 843,253 833,656
Total Applicants Awaiting a Decision 767,851 822,918 843,434 925,717 997,060 985,427 969,546

* The date the Action Plan for Faster Immigration took effect.
**Other permanent resident applicants include Family Class, Refugees, Humanitarian and Compassionate and others in the Economic Class.

Source: CIC Operational Databases, 3rd Quarter 2009

Application Processing Times

Information on immigration and citizenship applications.

Canada – Permanent and Temporary Residents

  2008 2009
Q1 Q2 Q3 YTD Q4 Total Q1 Q2 Q3 YTD
Permanent Residents by Category                    
Family class 14,262 17,220 16,857 48,339 17,234 65,573 14,659 16,840 17,510 49,009
Economic immigrants 31,282 43,129 46,506 120,917 28,154 149,071 29,690 44,108 48,056 121,854
Refugees 4,897 5,892 5,375 16,164 5,696 21,860 4,058 5,928 7,370 17,356
Other immigrants 2,702 3,005 2,574 8,281 2,459 10,740 2,375 2,781 2,427 7,583
Category not stated 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1
Total Permanent Residents 53,144 69,247 71,312 193,703 53,543 247,246 50,783 69,657 75,363 195,803
Temporary Residents by Yearly Status                    
Foreign students 12,901 10,170 45,360 68,431 11,104 79,535 14,210 10,076 48,302 72,588
Foreign workers 43,744 60,788 49,712 154,244 38,166 192,410 45,106 57,570 43,030 145,706
Humanitarian population 8,742 8,702 10,505 27,949 9,954 37,903 9,479 9,659 7,795 26,933
Other 23,633 20,992 26,082 70,707 18,960 89,667 21,499 19,709 25,145 66,353
Total Entries Temporary Residents 89,020 100,652 131,659 321,331 78,184 399,515 90,294 97,014 124,272 311,580

Source: CIC, Research DataMart, 3rd Quarter 2009

Citizenship at a Glance

  Calendar year Year to date
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2008
(Jan‑Sep)
2009
(Jan‑Sep)
Grants
Applications Received 188,176 216,027 224,460 227,520 239,680 181,120 173,824
Ceremonies 2,996 3,425 3,898 3,029 2,701 2,023 1,651
New Canadian Citizens 193,610 198,482 260,743 199,842 176,467 127,982 118,662
Inventory n/a 245,870 195,385 189,886 222,574 219,227 245,548
Proofs
Applications Received 54,346 79,682 59,094 60,107 55,729 43,297 44,909
Total Outcomes
Approved 52,796 79,142 64,977 56,734 44,512 32,025 51,943
Refused n/a 381 388 90 59 43 181
Closed for other Reasons n/a 2,138 2,264 2,043 1,518 n/a* n/a*
Total n/a 81,661 67,629 58,867 46,089 n/a* n/a*
Inventory 40,819 22,459 29,575 35,917 54,076 49,507 54,990

*As of December 2, 2009 data for applications closed for other reasons could not be successfully downloaded. The download date for 2004-2008 is July 18, 2009

Source: CIC, Operational Databases, 3rd Quarter 2009

Quarterly Administrative Data Release – Additional Tables

Additional statistical tables are available in CD format upon request to research-recherche@cic.gc.ca. These tables, on the permanent and temporary resident streams, provide more detailed information on applications received, application outcomes, visas issued, processing times, inventory at selection and final decision stages, entries of temporary residents and immigration of permanent residents.

Glossary of Terms and Concepts Canada – Permanent and Temporary Residents

Glossary of Terms and ConceptsCIC Operational Network at a Glance; Application Processing Times; and Citizenship at a Glance

For further information (media only), please contact:

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
613-952-1650
CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca

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