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Check Latest IRCC Processing Times As of April 18

Last Updated On 19 April 2023, 10:38 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

Here are the latest official IRCC processing times as updated on April 18, 2023 as well as a comparison with last week’s processing times.

Please carefully read below information to properly understand what these processing times actually mean.

These processing times have been monitored by us for more than a year and updated weekly for the benefit of our readers. They are officially updated each week by the IRCC.

In order to provide accurate information on typical processing durations rather than just service standard timelines, the IRCC updated its processing tool at the beginning of 2022.

Prior to that, it exhibited only IRCC service standards, which represent IRCC’s goal of prompt application treatment. The service standards are seldom updated.

The majority of citizenship and permanent residency services now show processing times for 80% of the applications, which are updated each week based on data from the previous 6 months.

These updates give you more precise information that takes into account processing volumes and any changes to IRCC’s ability to process applications.

Ongoing strike of Federal employees including IRCC permanent employees will affect the processing times. Know more about the IRCC strike and IRCC labour disruptions here.

Processing times for applications for temporary residency are also updated every week based on data from the preceding 8 or 16 weeks.

These processing timelines are meant to provide potential immigrants and visa applicants to Canada a ballpark sense of how long it would take to decide whether or not to approve their application.

This does not indicate that processing of your application will take the same amount of time.

Given that it is an average based on the processing times for 80% of the applicants, the processing time for your application may be longer or shorter than mentioned.

Please be advised that the application processing time begins after it is received by the IRCC and concludes whenever the immigration officer determines whether or not to accept the application.

PR cards & Citizenship

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Citizenship grant22 monthsNo Change
Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)*12 monthsNo Change
Resumption of citizenship30 monthsNo Change
Renunciation of Citizenship14 monthsNo Change
Search of citizenship records15 monthsNo Change
New PR card37 days+ 2 Days
PR card renewals65 days+ 3 Days

*Citizenship certificate: Requests from countries other than the US and Canada may take longer to process.

The IRCC is now sending AOR letters or emails to citizenship applicants who filed paper-based or online applications between March 8, 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 Canada14 monthsNo Change
Parents or Grandparents PR25 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

Permanent Residency Economic Class

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From
Last Week
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)5 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)27 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)(not updated
by IRCC since March 1)

There could be no application
in processing for FSTP now
No Change
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry10 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-Employed44 monthsNo Change
Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)4 monthsNo Change
Start-Up Visa35 monthsNo Change

Temporary Visas 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 18 Days
Nigeria: 634 Days
United States: 14 Days
Pakistan: 638 Days
Philippines: 26 Days
UAE: 361 Days
Bangladesh: 177 Days
Sri Lanka: 105 Days
United Kingdom: 337 Days
+ 1 Day for India
– 159 Days for Nigeria
No Change for United States
+ 57 Days for Pakistan
– 2 Days for Philippines
+ 41 Days for UAE
– 17 Days for Bangladesh
– 5 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 180 Days for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 10 days
Paper-Based: 29 days
No Change for online
– 2 Days for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
India: 72 Days
Nigeria: 700 Days
United States: 129 Days
Pakistan: 418 Days
Philippines: 204 Days
UAE: 598 Days
Bangladesh: 220 Days
Sri Lanka: 307 Days
United Kingdom: 190 Days
– 22 Days for India
+ 8 Days for Nigeria
No Change for United States
+ 18 Days for Pakistan
+ 12 Days for Philippines
+ 265 Days for UAE
+ 14 Days for Bangladesh
+ 6 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 14 Days for UK
Study Permit Outside Canada7 Weeks– 1 Week
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 173 days
Paper-Based: 111 days
+ 3 Days (Online)
+ 1 Day for Paper-Based
Study Permit Inside Canada3 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 90 Days
Paper-Based: 177 Days
+ 2 Days (Online)
+ 63 Days for Paper-Based
Work Permit Outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 8 Weeks
Nigeria: 25 Weeks
United States: 7 Weeks
Pakistan: 30 Weeks
Philippines: 8 Weeks
UAE: 32 Weeks
Bangladesh: 46 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 17 Weeks
United Kingdom: 5 Weeks
No Change for India
No Change for Nigeria
No Change for United States
– 15 Weeks for Pakistan
– 1 Week for Philippines
– 4 Weeks for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
– 1 Week for Sri Lanka
– 1 Week for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 140 Days
Paper-Based: 14 Days
– 4 Days (Online)
– 1 Day for paper-based
International Experience Canada (Current Season)5 Weeks+ 1 Week
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)30 Days+ 1 Day
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change

*At the moment, IRCC is prioritizing work permit applications for critical positions. If you are not looking for work in an essential profession, your processing time may be more.


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