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

CIC Operational Network Calendar year Year to date
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2009 (JanMar) 2010 (JanMar)
Permanent Residence (Persons)
Applications Received 354,188 421,534 454,408 449,488 401,349 85,669 88,073
Network Outcomes
Positive 256,192 258,769 252,389 249,597 266,957 71,299 86,627
Negative 109,606 93,817 84,023 81,192 79,984 19,767 21,321
Withdrawn 34,002 31,064 23,180 26,825 39,208 11,358 8,678
Total Network Outcomes 399,800 383,650 359,592 357,614 386,149 102,424 116,626
Total Authorizations and Visas Issued 252,185 253,507 249,626 245,933 264,388 69,423 85,167
Temporary Residence (Persons)
Applications Received 1,395,891 1,476,935 1,545,415 1,557,120 1,576,708 320,868 366,762
Network Outcomes
Positive 1,164,708 1,221,737 1,275,106 1,259,666 1,272,000 257,147 292,746
Negative 205,219 225,398 243,138 263,936 269,468 55,135 54,529
Withdrawn 19,177 35,373 25,736 23,319 51,625 10,014 12,209
Total Network Outcomes 1,389,104 1,482,508 1,543,980 1,546,921 1,593,093 322,296 359,484

Source: CIC, Operational Databases, 1st Quarter 2010

CIC Permanent Resident Applicants Awaiting a Decision

Volumes (in persons) As of December 31 (unless otherwise indicated)
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2009 (Dec 31) 2010 (Mar 31)
Working Inventory
Federal Skilled Worker applications received on or after the priority processing date of February 27, 2008* n/a n/a n/a 107,529 128,769 128,769 161,959
Backlog
Federal Skilled Worker applications received before the priority processing date of February 27, 2008* 486,548 509,585 586,109 513,018 400,005 400,005 374,827
All Other Permanent Resident Applications** 336,370 333,849 339,608 372,857 416,547 416,547 417,365
Backlog Subtotal 822,918 843,434 925,717 885,875 816,552 816,552 792,192
Total Applicants Awaiting a Decision 822,918 843,434 925,717 994,231 945,321 945,321 954,139

* 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, 1 st Quarter 2010

Application Processing Times

Information on immigration and citizenship applications.

Canada – Permanent and Temporary Residents

Permanent residents by category 2009 2010
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Q1
Family class 14,659 16,840 17,516 16,185 65,200 13,490
Economic immigrants 29,691 44,104 48,078 31,625 153,498 36,892
Refugees 4,058 5,928 7,369 5,491 22,846 5,270
Other immigrants 2,374 2,780 2,427 3,053 10,634 2,228
Category not stated 1 0 0 0 1 1
Total – Permanent Residents* 50,783 69,652 75,390 56,354 252,179 57,881
Temporary residents by yearly status 2009 2010
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Q1
Foreign workers 45,385 57,692 43,297 32,104 178,478 43,774
Foreign students 14,361 10,130 48,363 12,286 85,140 15,206
Humanitarian population 9,522 9,691 7,863 7,047 34,123 6,274
Other 21,195 19,397 24,554 19,443 84,589 23,279
Total Entries – Temporary Residents** 90,463 96,910 124,077 70,880 382,330 88,533

* Permanent residents are persons who have established permanent residence in Canada.
** Temporary residents are persons in Canada for an authorized period of stay.

Source: CIC, Research DataMart, 1st Quarter 2010

Citizenship at a Glance

Citizenship Calendar year Year to date
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2009 (JanMar) 2010 (JanMar)
Grants
Applications Received 216,027 224,460 227,520 240,160 233,600 62,560 55,520
Ceremonies 3,484 3,926 3,049 2,734 2,224 515 671
New Canadian Citizens 198,684 260,747 199,843 176,522 156,277 39,716 44,139
Inventory 245,870 195,385 189,886 222,574 258,487 230,919 256,421
Proofs
Applications Received 79,682 59,094 60,107 56,314 57,593 14,189 13,183
Total Outcomes
Approved 79,142 64,977 56,734 41,510 75,219 19,894 36,223
Refused 375 388 89 56 242 106 185
Closed for other Reasons 2,138 2,264 2,043 1,518 n/a n/a n/a
Total 81,655 67,629 58,867 43,084 75,461 20,000 36,408
Inventory 22,459 29,575 35,917 54,076 43,033 52,055 20,171

Source: CIC, Operational Databases, 1st Quarter 2010
*As of December 2, 2009 data for Proof applications closed for other reasons could not be successfully downloaded. The download date for 2005-2008 Proof Outcomes is July 18, 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

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Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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