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Immigration Statistics Canada

The newest generation of the Open Data Portal, the public statistics database of the Canadian Government, was release to much praise last week.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has some of the most popular datasets in the database and it’s all available to anyone curious enough to look into statistics about

  • Immigrants’ countries of origin
  • Preferred immigration programs
  • Settlement patterns
  • Application inventories and
  • Processing times.

There are also many other governmental statistics available through the Portal. This program is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to be an open and transparent organization for its citizens and Permanent Residents.

Permanent Residence Applications

Below are some interesting statistics pertaining to applications for Permanent Residency filed abroad as well as the processing times involved in the filings.

Permanent Residency is an immigration classification which allows a person to live and work in Canada on an indefinite basis. There were 275,451 approved Permanent Residency applications in 2012.

Approval rates for Permanent Resident applications for the year 2012, select categories:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 55%
  • Business based immigration category – 87%
  • Live-in Caregivers program – 96%
  • Family class Permanent Residency – 86%
  • Refugees – 85%
  • The approval rate of all Permanent Residency applications was 78%

Approval rates for Permanent Resident applications for the year 2012, select regions:

  • Embassies in Africa and the Middle East – 80%
  • Embassies in Asia and the Pacific Ocean – 84%
  • Embassies in Europe – 65%
  • Embassies in North and South America – 86%

Processing Times

Processing times are a way of the Canadian government to give its immigrants an idea of how long it will take for a particular application to be reviewed and either rejected or granted.

Often, this statistic is represented in terms of a certain percentage completed within a certain number of months. These figures are not necessarily constant and are likely to change often. These processing times should be used as estimates and not hard-and-fast limits to how long one may wait for their immigration application to go through.

Indeed, the amount of time needed to do the necessary processing may take longer or shorter depending on the complexity or completeness of a particular application.

Processing times for Permanent Residency categories for 2012, select categories.

  • 80% of Federal Skilled Workers have their applications processed in 30 months.
  • 80% of Business based immigrants have their applications processed in 47 months.
  • 80% of Live-in Caregivers have their applications processed in 38 months.
  • 80% of Family based immigrants have their applications processed in 34 months.
  • 80% of Refugees have their applications processed in 33 months.
  • 80% of all Permanent Residency applicants have their applications processed in 32 months.

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