Check Out Latest IRCC Processing Times As Of January 4

Change in IRCC processing times for citizenship, PR cards, spousal sponsorship, Express Entry, PNP, QSW, AIP, Visitor visa, Super visa, Work Permit, IEC, & more


Year 2023 has started, but IRCC is still dealing with processing unprecedented amount of applications.

This article enlists newly updated IRCC processing times as of January 4, 2023.

As per recent data, IRCC processed more than 5.2 million applications in 2022. This was more than double the files processed in 2021.

IRCC updated their online processing tool in 2022 to provide accurate information on average 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.

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.

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 months– 1 month
Resumption of citizenship34 monthsNo Change
Renunciation of Citizenship15 months– 1 month
Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
New PR card91 days+ 2 days
PR card renewals80 days– 1 Day

IRCC Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada17 months– 1 month
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada13 months– 1 month
Parents or Grandparents PR38 monthsNo Change

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 months+ 1 month
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)63 months+ 1 month
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry12 months– 1 month
Non-Express Entry PNP21 months– 1 month
Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)19 months-1 month
Quebec Business Class66 months+ 1 month
Federal Self-Employed41 months-1 month
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)15 months+ 3 months
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: 141 Days
Nigeria: 222 Days
United States: 47 Days
Pakistan: 317 Days
Philippines: 111 Days
UAE: 233 Days
Bangladesh: 221 Days
Sri Lanka: 216 Days
United Kingdom: 219 Days
– 4 Days for India
+ 10 Days for Nigeria
No Change for United States
+ 27 Days for Pakistan
– 4 Days for Philippines
+ 3 Days for UAE
– 3 Days for Bangladesh
+ 1 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 39 Days for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 23 days
Paper-Based: 49 days
No Change for online
– 2 Days for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
India: 140 Days
Nigeria: 228 Days
United States: 260 Days
Pakistan: 258 Days
Philippines: 161 Days
UAE: 236 Days
Bangladesh: 183 Days
Sri Lanka: 224 Days
United Kingdom: 166 Days
– 11 Days for India
– 7 Days for Nigeria
– 55 Days for United States
+ 10 Days for Pakistan
– 3 Days for Philippines
+ 60 Days for UAE
– 11 Days for Bangladesh
– 7 Days for Sri Lanka
– 7 Days for UK
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 199 days
Paper-Based: 153 days
+ 2 Days (Online)
– 8 Days for Paper-Based
Study Permit Outside Canada9 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 128 Days
Paper-Based: 111 Days
+ 10 Days (Online)
No Change (Paper-Based)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 9 Weeks
Nigeria: 39 Weeks
United States: 9 Weeks
Pakistan: 61 Weeks
Philippines: 11 Weeks
UAE: 26 Weeks
Bangladesh: 28 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 32 Weeks
United Kingdom: 7 Weeks
No Change for India
+ 15 Weeks for Nigeria
– 1 Weeks for United States
– 5 Weeks for Pakistan
– 1 Week for Philippines
– 4 Weeks for UAE
– 3 Weeks for Bangladesh
– 1 Week for Sri Lanka
– 1 Week for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 166 Days
Paper-Based: 60 Days
– 1 Day (Online)
+ 4 Days (paper-based)
International Experience Canada (Current Season)6 WeeksNo Change
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)20 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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Satinder brings expertise, knowledge, and experience related to internal work process at IRCC. She worked at Canadian Consulate in Chandigarh before moving to Canada. Her articles on "Chinook – An internal IRCC tool used to bulk process temporary applications" was one of the notable work on our news website