Here Are New Updated IRCC Processing Times As Of December 29

Change in IRCC Processing times for PR cards, Express Entry CEC, visitor visa, super visa, study permit extension, and work permit.

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Year 2022 is coming to an end, but IRCC processing woes still continue. IRCC minister announced updating online processing tool on March 31, 2022 to provide accurate information on average processing times.

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

Furthermore, future applicants planning to apply for Canadian immigration/visa can also have an idea of what to expect before submitting their application.

As per latest available official IRCC data, the Canadian immigration backlog was at 1.09 million as of November 30, 2022.

Moreover, 1.02 million applications were still being processed within IRCC service standards. So, overall there were around 2.1 million applications under processing at IRCC.

Recently, IRCC shared the data that they processed record 4.8 million applications in 2022. This number is almost double the applications processing in 2021. 

This article enlists newly updated IRCC processing times as of December 29, 2022.

These processing times are meant to give new weekly timescales 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)16 monthsNo Change
Resumption of citizenship34 monthsNo Change
Renunciation of Citizenship16 monthsNo Change
Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
New PR card89 days– 1 days
PR card renewals81 days– 2 Days

IRCC Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada18 monthsNo Change
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 monthsNo Change
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 months– 1 month
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)29 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)62 monthsNo Change
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry13 monthsNo Change
Non-Express Entry PNP22 monthsNo Change
Quebec Skilled Workers20 months-1 month
Quebec Business Class65 monthsNo Change
Federal Self-Employed42 monthsNo Change
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)12 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: 145 Days
Nigeria: 212 Days
United States: 47 Days
Pakistan: 290 Days
Philippines: 115 Days
UAE: 230 Days
Bangladesh: 224 Days
Sri Lanka: 215 Days
United Kingdom: 180 Days
– 9 Days for India
+ 23 Days for Nigeria
+ 3 Days for United States
+ 23 Days for Pakistan
+ 1 Day for Philippines
– 1 Day for UAE
+ 7 Days for Bangladesh
+ 3 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 41 Days for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 23 days
Paper-Based: 51 days
No Change for online
– 2 Days for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents SupervisaVaries by country
India: 151 Days
Nigeria: 235 Days
United States: 315 Days
Pakistan: 248 Days
Philippines: 164 Days
UAE: 176 Days
Bangladesh: 194 Days
Sri Lanka: 231 Days
United Kingdom: 173 Days
– 4 Days for India
+ 7 Days for Nigeria
– 10 Days for United States
No Change for Pakistan
– 7 Days for Philippines
+ 50 Days for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
– 5 Days for Sri Lanka
– 3 Days for UK
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 197 days
Paper-Based: 161 days
+ 5 Day (Online)
– 1 Day for Paper-Based
Study Permit Outside Canada9 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 118 Days
Paper-Based: 111 Days
+ 21 Days (Online)
+ 2 Days (Paper-Based)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 9 Weeks
Nigeria: 24 Weeks
United States: 10 Weeks
Pakistan: 66 Weeks
Philippines: 12 Weeks
UAE: 30 Weeks
Bangladesh: 31 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 33 Weeks
United Kingdom: 8 Weeks
– 1 Week for India
– 3 Weeks for Nigeria
– 2 Weeks for United States
+ 6 Weeks for Pakistan
No Change for Philippines
No Change for UAE
– 1 Week for Bangladesh
+ 1 Week for Sri Lanka
No Change for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 167 Days
Paper-Based: 56 Days
No Change for Online
– 19 Days for paper-based
International Experience Canada (Current Season)5 WeeksNo Change
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)19 Days
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