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Canada Immigration Backlog

Check Out Latest IRCC Processing Times As Of January 18

Last Updated On 18 January 2023, 11:25 AM EST (Toronto Time)

IRCC processing tool was updated in 2022 to provide accurate information on average processing times.

This article enlists newly updated IRCC processing times as of January 18, 2023 and comparison with last week’s processing times.

These processing times are provided to offer Canada immigration/visa applicants an estimate of how long their applications may take to process.

In addition, prospective candidates wishing to apply for Canadian immigration/visa can get a sense of what to expect before filing their application.

These processing times are to ensure that Canada immigration/visa applicants get a faint idea of their applications’ processing.

These processing times are meant to give new weekly processing time based on data collected over the past 6 months.

Additionally, the processing time begins when IRCC receives the application and ends when the immigration officer reaches a decision on the application.

IRCC Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Citizenship grant24 monthsNo Change
Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)15 monthsNo Change
Resumption of citizenship34 monthsNo Change
Renunciation of Citizenship15 monthsNo Change
Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
New PR card171 days+ 51 days
PR card renewals77 daysNo Change

IRCC Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada17 monthsNo Change
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada13 monthsNo Change
Parents or Grandparents PR38 monthsNo Change

According to the most recent official IRCC data, the Canadian immigration backlog stood at 1.09 million.

Furthermore, 1.02 million applications were still being handled in accordance with IRCC service standards. In total, IRCC was processing around 2.1 million applications as of November 30, 2022.

IRCC processed more than 5.2 million applications in 2022. This was more than double the files processed in 2021.

Processing time for 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

Processing time for Economic Class

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)20 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)30 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)63 monthsNo Change
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry12 monthsNo Change
Non-Express Entry PNP21 monthsNo Change
Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)19 monthsNo Change
Quebec Business Class66 monthsNo Change
Federal Self-Employed41 monthsNo Change
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)15 monthsNo Change
Start-Up Visa32 monthsNo Change

Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 130 Days
Nigeria: 347 Days
United States: 40 Days
Pakistan: 327 Days
Philippines: 96 Days
UAE: 245 Days
Bangladesh: 225 Days
Sri Lanka: 190 Days
United Kingdom: 221 Days
– 7 Days for India
+ 83 Days for Nigeria
– 1 Day for United States
+ 1 Day for Pakistan
+ 6 Days for Philippines
+ 9 Days for UAE
+ 3 Day for Bangladesh
+ 43 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 3 Day for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 21 days
Paper-Based: 41 days
– 2 Days for online
– 6 Days for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
India: 132 Days
Nigeria: 228 Days
United States: 215 Days
Pakistan: 277 Days
Philippines: 146 Days
UAE: 236 Days
Bangladesh: 202 Days
Sri Lanka: 228 Days
United Kingdom: 157 Days
– 4 Days for India
+ 6 Days for Nigeria
– 17 Days for United States
+ 17 Days for Pakistan
+ 1 Day for Philippines
No Change for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
+ 1 Day for Sri Lanka
– 6 Days for UK
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 206 days
Paper-Based: 140 days
+ 6 Days (Online)
– 29 Days for Paper-Based
Study Permit Outside Canada9 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 165 Days
Paper-Based: 145 Days
+ 24 Days (Online)
+ 29 Days (Paper-Based)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 8 Weeks
Nigeria: 32 Weeks
United States: 8 Weeks
Pakistan: 69 Weeks
Philippines: 11 Weeks
UAE: 40 Weeks
Bangladesh: 31 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 28 Weeks
United Kingdom: 7 Weeks
– 1 Week for India
– 5 Weeks for Nigeria
No Change for United States
+ 3 Weeks for Pakistan
No Change for Philippines
+ 4 Weeks for UAE
+ 1 Week for Bangladesh
– 4 Weeks for Sri Lanka
– 2 Weeks for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 169 Days
Paper-Based: 61 Days
+ 1 Day (Online)
+ 1 Day (paper-based)
International Experience Canada (Current Season)7 Weeks+ 1 Week
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)22 Days+ 1 Day
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change
*Applications for critical occupations are being prioritized. If you are not applying for a job in a critical occupation, your processing time may be longer than shown above.
Source: IRCC

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