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Check Out New IRCC Processing Times As Of February 23

Last Updated On 23 February 2023, 7:06 PM EST (Toronto Time)

This article includes the most recent official IRCC processing times as of February 23, 2023, along with a comparison to the previous week’s processing times.

Usually, processing times are updated by IRCC every week on Tuesday or Wednesday, but this week, IRCC provided the update later in the day today.

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

In 2022, the IRCC processing tool was updated to offer exact information on typical processing times as opposed to only service standards.

The purpose of these processing times is to offer potential immigrants or visa applicants to Canada a rough idea of how long it could take for a decision to be made on their application.

Furthermore, potential applicants who desire to submit an application for a Canadian immigration or visa can learn more about the different categories timeline beforehand.

These times are based on data gathered over the preceding 6 months for 80% of the applications already finalized and are intended to provide new weekly processing times.

This does not imply that the processing of your application will necessarily take the same length of time.

As this processing update is an average of the processing times for 80% of the applications, it may take longer or even less time than the time shown.

Also keep in mind, the processing period starts when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer decides whether to approve or deny the application.

Since more than a year ago, we have been recording and comparing the processing timeframes that the IRCC officially updates on a weekly basis.

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 citizenship24 monthsNo Change
Renunciation of Citizenship15 monthsNo Change
Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
New PR card40 days– 1 Day
PR card renewals71 days+ 3 days

IRCC is presently issuing acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letters or emails to paper and online citizenship applications submitted in the week of December 19, 2022.

IRCC Processing Time for 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 PR39 monthsNo Change

According to the most recent official IRCC data updated yesterday, the Canadian immigration backlog increased nearly to 1 million.

Furthermore, 969,900 applications were being processed according to the IRCC service standards. Overall, there were nearly 2 million applications under processing at IRCC as of January 31, 2023.

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

IRCC Processing time for Economic Class

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)16 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)31 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 monthsNo Change
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry11 monthsNo Change
Non-Express Entry PNP21 monthsNo Change
Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)19 monthsNo Change
Quebec Business Class67 monthsNo Change
Federal Self-Employed42 months– 1 month
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)23 monthsNo Change
Start-Up Visa33 monthsNo Change

Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 85 Days
Nigeria: 317 Days
United States: 27 Days
Pakistan: 186 Days
Philippines: 38 Days
UAE: 316 Days
Bangladesh: 204 Days
Sri Lanka: 110 Days
United Kingdom: 209 Days
– 14 Days for India
– 8 Days for Nigeria
– 6 Days for United States
– 19 Days for Pakistan
– 17 Days for Philippines
No Change for UAE
– 13 Days for Bangladesh
– 41 Days for Sri Lanka
– 7 Days for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 14 days
Paper-Based: 27 days
– 2 Days for online
+ 2 Days for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
India: 132 Days
Nigeria: 396 Days
United States: 264 Days
Pakistan: 428 Days
Philippines: 210 Days
UAE: 286 Days
Bangladesh: 245 Days
Sri Lanka: 280 Days
United Kingdom: 163 Days
+ 1 Day for India
– 31 Days for Nigeria
– 9 Days for United States
+ 6 Days for Pakistan
+ 1 Days for Philippines
+ 48 Days for UAE
– 11 Days for Bangladesh
+ 25 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 4 Days for UK
Study Permit Outside Canada10 WeeksNo Change
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 182 days
Paper-Based: 87 days
– 35 Days (Online)
– 8 Days for Paper-Based
Study Permit Inside Canada5 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 134 Days
Paper-Based: 111 Days
– 3 Days (Online)
– 6 Days (Paper-Based)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 8 Weeks
Nigeria: 52 Weeks
United States: 16 Weeks
Pakistan: 40 Weeks
Philippines: 14 Weeks
UAE: 39 Weeks
Bangladesh: 32 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 20 Weeks
United Kingdom: 12 Weeks
No Change for India
+ 3 Weeks for Nigeria
– 1 Week for United States
– 27 Weeks for Pakistan
+ 3 Weeks for Philippines
+ 5 Weeks for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
– 2 Weeks for Sri Lanka
+ 1 Week for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 159 Days
Paper-Based: 60 Days
– 2 Days (Online)
+ 1 Day for paper-based
International Experience Canada (Current Season)2 WeeksNo Change
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)22 Days– 1 Day
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change
*Applications for the critical job positions are currently being prioritized. Your processing time can be longer than indicated above if you are not applying for a position in a critical occupation.
Source: IRCC


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