Check Out New IRCC Processing Times As Of October 12!

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Last Updated On 12 October 2022, 11:45 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

IRCC began improving their online processing platform in early 2022 in order to reflect actual processing times. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, announced these enhancements on March 31, 2022, as part of an attempt to modernize Canada’s immigration system. This page contains the new processing timeframes obtained from the IRCC website as of October 12, 2022.

What Updates Does the Processing Time Include?

This new IRCC tool is intended to provide weekly computations based on the previous six months’ data, as well as exact processing timeframes.

Furthermore, it represents the application volume with operational concerns to help potential immigrants plan their immigration to Canada more effectively.

IRCC bases processing time on the time it takes to process previous comparable applications. The processing time begins when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer reaches a judgement on the application.

So, the processing period may fluctuate depending on whether the application was submitted on paper or online.

Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

Processing Time for Family Sponsorship
  • Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada: 22 months
  • Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada: 14 months
  • Parents or Grandparents: 37 months

Click here for October 4 processing update!

Processing time for Canadian Passport 
  • 1. Submitted in person at a passport office (Service Canada Centre – Passport Services) or Service Canada Centre that offers 10-day processing: 10 business days
  • 2. Submitted in person at a regular Service Canada Centre, a Service Canada Scheduled Outreach Site that offers passport services or by mail: 20 business days
  • 3. In-Canda Urgent pick-up: Within 2 business days (increased by 1 days since last week’s update)
  • 4. In-Canada Express pick-up: 3-9 business days (increased by 1 days since last week’s update)
  • 5. Regular passport application mailed from outside Canada: 20 business days after receiving.
Processing time for Economic Class 
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): 17 months  
  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP): 26 months 
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): 47 months  
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via express entry: 15 months
  • Non-Express Entry PNP: 23 months    
  • Quebec skilled worker: 24 months.  
  • Quebec business class: 65 months.  
  • Federal Self-employed: 41 months  
  • Atlantic Immigration Program: 15 months. 
  • Start-up Visa: 32 months  

Click here for October 4 processing update!

Canada Immigration Backlog Reduces By 95,204 – New IRCC Data

IRCC Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

  • Visitor visa outside Canada: Varies by country (India: 134 days)
  • Visitor visa inside Canada: 15 days online and 39 days by paper. (Increased by 1 day (online) and by 4 days (paper based) since last update on October 4)
  • Parents or grandparents Super Visa: Varies by country (India: 62 days:  Increased by 11 days since last update on October 4)
  • Visitor extension (Visitor record): 204 days online and 185 days by paper. (Increased by 3 days (online), but reduced by 5 days (paper based) since last update on October 4)
  • Study permit outside Canada: 13 weeks
  • Study permit inside Canada: 4 weeks 
  • Work permit outside Canada: Varies by country (India: 20 weeks: Reduced by 1 week since last update on October 4). Applications for critical occupations are being prioritised. If you are not applying for a job in a critical occupation, your processing time may be longer than shown above.
  • Study permit extension: 73 days online and 78 days by paper. (Increased by 6 days (online), but reduced by 5 days (paper-based) last update on October 4)
  • Work permit inside Canada (initial application or extension): 168 days online and 91 days by paper. (Increased by 1 day (online) and reduced by 8 days (paper-based) since last update on October 4) 
  • International Experience Canada (Current Season): 6 Weeks – IEC 2022 (International Experience Canada) To End On Oct 17

Source: IRCC

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