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The Updated IRCC Application Processing Times

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IRCC Application Processing Times

The Canadian Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser made an announcement earlier this year that IRCC is planning to make major updates to the online processing times tool. This tool offers new weekly evaluations from the previous six month’s data. Also, it showcases the application volume with challenges to assist prospective immigrants to strategize their journey better.
Application Processing Times as of September 6, 2022.

1. Permanent Resident

• Waiting period for the first card- 73 days
• Renewal or replacement of a PR card- 78 days

2. Citizenship

• Citizenship grant- 26 months
• Allotment of Certificate/Proof of citizenship- 17 months
• Resumption of citizenship- 23 months
• Renunciation of citizenship- 17 months
• Search of citizenship record- 15 months
• Citizenship for adopted persons- 12 months


3. Family Sponsorship

• Spouse or common-law partner living in Canada- 15 months
• Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada- 23 months
• Dependent child- depends on where the child is living
• Parents or grandparents- 36 months
• Adopted child/relative- depends on where the adopted child/relative is living

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4. Temporary residence application

  • Visitor visa outside Canada- Differs by country
  • Within Canada- 15 days online and 29 days by paper
  • Extension- 202 days online and 193 days by paper
  • Parents or grandparents Super Visa- Differs by country
  • Study permit outside Canada- 12 weeks
  • Within Canada- 4 weeks
  • Extension- 46 days online and 109 days by paper
  • Work permit outside Canada- Differs by country
  • Work permit inside Canada- 166 days online and 133 days by paper
  • International Experience Canada- Differs by country
  • Electronic Travel Authorization- 5 minutes

Application Processing Times Economic Immigration, Humanitarian, Refugees, and Caregivers Visa

• Canadian Experience Class (CEC)- 15 months
• Caregivers- No processing time available
• Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)- 16 months (online via Express Entry)
• Self-employed persons (Federal)- 41 months
• Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)- 26 months
• Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)- 45 months
• Atlantic Immigration Program- 18 months
• Non-Express Entry PNP- 24 months
• Quebec skilled worker- 27 months
• Quebec business class- 64 months
• Start-up visa- 32 months
• Humanitarian & Compassionate- 20 months
• Refugees- depends on where one is applying from

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The mentioned data has been taken from the Government of Canada’s official website. This is subject to changes concerning the updates. Moreover, always be aware that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada evaluates application processing time depending on the time taken to process previous similar applications. The time starts when IRCC receives the application and ends when the immigration official decides on the application. It also depends upon how the application was submitted, whether it was an online submission or offline.

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