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Check Latest IRCC Processing Times As Of March 23

Last Updated On 2 May 2023, 4:32 PM EDT (Toronto Time)

This article lists all the latest IRCC processing times as of March 23, 2023, as well as a comparison to the previous week’s processing times.

We have been documenting and publishing these processing times for our readers for over a year now as officially updated weekly by the IRCC.

Please carefully read the below information to fully comprehend what these processing times signify.

The IRCC changed its processing tool in early 2022 to provide realistic information on usual processing times rather than merely service standard timeframes.

These processing timelines are intended to give potential immigrants and visa applicants to Canada an idea of how long it may take for a decision on their application to be made.

These timeframes are based on data collected over the last 6 months for 80% of previously processed applications and are intended to provide the most recent weekly processing timings.

This does not indicate that your application will be handled in the same length of time.

Because it is an average of the processing times for 80% of the applications, your application’s processing time may be longer or shorter than shown.

Please keep in mind that the processing period begins when IRCC receives the application and ends when the immigration officer decides whether to accept or reject it.

IRCC Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Citizenship grant23 monthsNo Change
Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)*14 monthsNo Change
Resumption of citizenship30 monthsNo Change
Renunciation of Citizenship14 monthsNo Change
Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
New PR card32 days– 2 Days
PR card renewals66 days– 1 Days

*Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship): Applications from countries other than Canada and the United States may take longer to process.

The IRCC is now sending acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letters or emails to paper and online citizenship applicants who applied in the week of February 3, 2023.

Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada16 monthsNo Change
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada13 monthsNo Change
Parents or Grandparents PR39 monthsNo Change

Canadian Passport 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From
Last Week
In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted in person at Service Canada Centre – Passport services)10 business daysNo Change
In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted by mail to Service Canada Centre)20 business daysNo Change
In-Canda Urgent pick-upBy the end of next business dayNo Change
In-Canada Express pick-up2-9 business daysNo Change
Regular passport application mailed from outside Canada20 business daysNo Change

Economic Class Permanent Residency Processing Time

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)12 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)30 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 months (not updated
by IRCC since March 1)
No Change
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry11 monthsNo Change
Non-Express Entry PNP20 monthsNo Change
Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)20 monthsNo Change
Quebec Business Class
entrepreneurs (Quebec)
investors (Quebec)
self-employed persons (Quebec)
67 monthsNo Change
Federal Self-Employed43 monthsNo Change
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)24 monthsNo Change
Start-Up Visa33 monthsNo Change

Temporary Residence Application 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 37 Days
Nigeria: 351 Days
United States: 17 Days
Pakistan: 121 Days
Philippines: 30 Days
UAE: 323 Days
Bangladesh: 140 Days
Sri Lanka: 102 Days
United Kingdom: 30 Days
– 13 Days for India
– 8 Days for Nigeria
– 4 Days for United States
– 22 Days for Pakistan
No Change for Philippines
+ 3 Days for UAE
– 22 Day for Bangladesh
– 6 Days for Sri Lanka
No Change for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 11 days
Paper-Based: 33 days
No Change
Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
India: 127 Days
Nigeria: 680 Days
United States: 121 Days
Pakistan: 462 Days
Philippines: 231 Days
UAE: 326 Days
Bangladesh: 253 Days
Sri Lanka: 318 Days
United Kingdom: 182 Days
– 4 Days for India
+ 225 Days for Nigeria
No Change for United States
– 2 Days for Pakistan
+ 5 Days for Philippines
No Change for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
+ 2 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 6 Days for UK
Study Permit Outside Canada10 WeeksNo Change
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 181 days
Paper-Based: 85 days
+ 1 Day (Online)
– 2 Days for Paper-Based
Study Permit Inside Canada3 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 76 Days
Paper-Based: 99 Days
– 9 Days (Online)
– 5 Days (Paper-Based)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 8 Weeks
Nigeria: 25 Weeks
United States: 14 Weeks
Pakistan: 46 Weeks
Philippines: 10 Weeks
UAE: 39 Weeks
Bangladesh: 39 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 18 Weeks
United Kingdom: 12 Weeks
No Change for India
No Change for Nigeria
No Change for United States
+ 1 Week for Pakistan
– 2 Weeks for Philippines
No Change for UAE
+ 9 Weeks for Bangladesh
No Change for Sri Lanka
No Change for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 151 Days
Paper-Based: 28 Days
– 2 Days (Online)
– 24 Days for paper-based
International Experience Canada (Current Season)3 WeeksNo Change
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)21 Days– 3 Days
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change

*Applications for critical occupations are being prioritized at this time. If you are not applying for a position in an essential occupation, your processing time may be longer than stated above.

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