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IRCC Minister Sean Fraser March 7, 2023 in House of Commons

Here Are New Updated IRCC Processing Times As Of March 7

Last Updated On 7 March 2023, 6:43 PM EST (Toronto Time)

This page includes the latest processing times reported by the IRCC as of March 7, 2023, along with a comparison to the processing times from the previous week.

To fully comprehend what these processing timeframes mean, please read the following details carefully.

The IRCC changed its processing tool in the beginning of 2022 so that it now provides correct data on normal processing times rather than merely service standard times.

These processing times are intended to provide prospective immigrants and visa seekers to Canada a rough idea of how long it could take for a decision to be made on their application.

These durations are based on information gathered over the preceding 6 months for 80% of the applications that have already been approved and are intended to provide latest weekly processing timelines.

This does not mean that it will take the same length of time to process your application.

This processing of your application may take longer or less time than shown because it is an average of the processing timings for 80% of the applications.

Remember that the application processing period starts when IRCC receives it and ends when the immigration officer decides whether to accept or reject it.

For more than a year, we have been tracking and comparing the processing timeframes for our readers as updated by the IRCC on a weekly basis.

Citizenship & PR cards

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Citizenship grant23 monthsNo Change
Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)*14 monthsNo Change
Resumption of citizenship30 months+ 6 months
Renunciation of Citizenship14 months– 1 month
Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
New PR card36 days– 3 Days
PR card renewals69 days– 2 Days

*Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship): Applications submitted outside of Canada and the United States may take longer.

The IRCC is currently sending over acknowledgment of receipt (AOR) letters or emails to paper and online citizens who applied during the week of January 16, 2023.

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 Canada13 months– 1 month
Parents or Grandparents PR39 monthsNo Change

According to the most current IRCC figures, Canada’s immigration backlog has nearly hit one million people.

Moreover, 969,900 applications were handled within the IRCC service standard timelines. IRCC was processing around 2 million applications as of January 31, 2023.

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

Economic Class Permanent Residency Processing Time

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)12 months– 4 months
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)30 months– 1 month
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 months (not updated
this week)
No Change
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry11 monthsNo Change
Non-Express Entry PNP20 months– 1 month
Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)20 months+ 1 month
Quebec Business Class67 monthsNo Change
Federal Self-Employed43 months+ 1 month
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)24 months+ 1 month
Start-Up Visa33 monthsNo Change

Temporary Residence Application 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 58 Days
Nigeria: 376 Days
United States: 24 Days
Pakistan: 166 Days
Philippines: 31 Days
UAE: 320 Days
Bangladesh: 185 Days
Sri Lanka: 135 Days
United Kingdom: 30 Days
– 12 Days for India
+ 46 Days for Nigeria
No Change for United States
– 17 Days for Pakistan
– 2 Days for Philippines
+ 2 Days for UAE
– 18 Day for Bangladesh
+ 3 Days for Sri Lanka
– 5 Days for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 12 days
Paper-Based: 32 days
– 1 Day for online
No Change for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
India: 133 Days
Nigeria: 396 Days
United States: 121 Days
Pakistan: 422 Days
Philippines: 226 Days
UAE: 327 Days
Bangladesh: 253 Days
Sri Lanka: 304 Days
United Kingdom: 169 Days
– 1 Day for India
No Change for Nigeria
– 4 Days for United States
+ 6 Days for Pakistan
– 2 Days for Philippines
+ 13 Days for UAE
+ 4 Days for Bangladesh
+ 24 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 1 Day for UK
Study Permit Outside Canada10 WeeksNo Change
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 181 days
Paper-Based: 91 days
+ 6 Days (Online)
– 4 Days for Paper-Based
Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 109 Days
Paper-Based: 107 Days
– 9 Days (Online)
– 6 Days (Paper-Based)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 8 Weeks
Nigeria: 27 Weeks
United States: 15 Weeks
Pakistan: 45 Weeks
Philippines: 12 Weeks
UAE: 42 Weeks
Bangladesh: 30 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 21 Weeks
United Kingdom: 11 Weeks
No Change for India
No Change for Nigeria
– 1 Week for United States
+ 2 Weeks for Pakistan
– 2 Weeks for Philippines
+ 6 Weeks for UAE
– 1 Week for Bangladesh
– 1 Weeks for Sri Lanka
– 1 Week for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 156 Days
Paper-Based: 53 Days
– 2 Days (Online)
– 5 Days for paper-based
International Experience Canada (Current Season)3 Weeks+ 1 Week
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)25 Days+ 3 Days
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.

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