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Check Out New Updated IRCC Processing Times As Of February 1

Last Updated On 7 February 2023, 8:22 PM EST (Toronto Time)

IRCC updated their processing tool in 2022 to provide precise information on average processing times of recent applications.

This article lists updated processing times by IRCC as of February 1, 2023 as well as comparison with processing times reported last week.

These processing timelines are given to provide applicants for Canada visas or immigration an idea of how long it might take for processing of their applications by IRCC.

Additionally, potential applicants who desire to submit an application for a Canadian immigration or visa can acquire a feel of what to anticipate before doing so.

Based on data gathered over the last 6 months, these processing times are intended to provide new weekly processing times.

Furthermore, the processing period starts when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer makes a determination about the application.

IRCC Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Citizenship grant23 months– 1 month
Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)14 months– 1 month
Resumption of citizenship24 months– 10 months
Renunciation of Citizenship15 monthsNo Change
Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
New PR card42 days– 138 days
PR card renewals65 days– 9 days

IRCC is currently sending acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email for paper and online applications received in the week of December 1, 2022.

IRCC Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada16 months– 1 month
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 months+ 1 month
Parents or Grandparents PR39 months+ 1 month

The Canadian immigration backlog reduced to 918,300 as per the most recent available official IRCC data.

Moreover, 1.055 million applications were still being processed in accordance with IRCC service standards.

Overall, IRCC was processing approximately 1.97 million immigration/visas applications as of December 31, 2022.

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
Urgent pick-up (In-Canada)By the end of next business dayNo Change
Express pick-up (In-Canada)2-9 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)16 months– 4 months
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)31 months+ 1 month
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 months+ 7 months
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry11 months– 1 month
Non-Express Entry PNP21 monthsNo Change
Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)19 monthsNo Change
Quebec Business Class67 months+ 1 month
Federal Self-Employed43 months+ 2 months
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)23 15 months+ 8 months
Start-Up Visa33 months+ 1 month

Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 112 Days
Nigeria: 366 Days
United States: 40 Days
Pakistan: 307 Days
Philippines: 77 Days
UAE: 297 Days
Bangladesh: 226 Days
Sri Lanka: 191 Days
United Kingdom: 220 Days
– 10 Days for India
– 37 Days for Nigeria
– 2 Days for United States
– 20 Days for Pakistan
– 15 Days for Philippines
+ 56 Days for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
+ 3 Days for Sri Lanka
– 2 Days for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 14 days
Paper-Based: 26 days
– 3 Days for online
– 17 Days for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
India: 128 127 Days
Nigeria: 374 Days
United States: 215 Days
Pakistan: 316 Days
Philippines: 158 Days
UAE: 259 Days
Bangladesh: 207 Days
Sri Lanka: 230 Days
United Kingdom: 155 Days
+ 1 Day for India
+ 10 Days for Nigeria
No Change for United States
+ 24 Days for Pakistan
+ 3 Days for Philippines
+ 21 Days for UAE
+ 1 Day for Bangladesh
– 3 Days for Sri Lanka
No Change for UK
Study Permit Outside Canada10 Weeks+ 1 Week
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 203 days
Paper-Based: 97 days
– 2 Days (Online)
+ 1 Day for Paper-Based
Study Permit Inside Canada5 Weeks+ 1 Week
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 154 Days
Paper-Based: 143 Days
– 10 Days (Online)
– 15 Days (Paper-Based)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 8 Weeks
Nigeria: 33 Weeks
United States: 14 Weeks
Pakistan: 71 Weeks
Philippines: 11 Weeks
UAE: 34 Weeks
Bangladesh: 31 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 22 Weeks
United Kingdom: 10 Weeks
No Change for India
– 1 Week for Nigeria
+ 4 Weeks for United States
No Change for Pakistan
No Change for Philippines
– 14 Weeks for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
– 4 Weeks for Sri Lanka
+ 3 Weeks for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 167 Days
Paper-Based: 60 Days
– 3 Days (Online)
No Change for paper-based
International Experience Canada (Current Season)7 WeeksNo Change
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)25 DaysNo Change
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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