Sean Fraser Minister of Immigration

Know IRCC New Updated Online Processing Times – November 22


IRCC updated its online processing tool in early 2022 to provide more precise processing timeframe information. As part of an effort to reform Canada’s immigration system, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced this change on March 31, 2022. This article lists the most recent processing times from the IRCC website as of November 16, 2022.

Canada immigration backlog reduced from 1.49 million as of September 30, 2022 to 1.2 million as of October 31, 2022. This new data has been updated by IRCC today (November 16, 2022). Additionally, 1.04 million applications are still processing within service standards. So, in total, there are now approximately 2.2 million applications under processing at 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 Citizenship17 monthsNo Change
Search of citizenship records15 monthsNo Change
New PR card98 days– 9 Days
PR card renewals89 days– 1 Day

Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada20 monthsNo Change
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 monthsNo Change
Parents or Grandparents PR37 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 daysNo Change

Processing time for Economic Class

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 19 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 27 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)51 months+ 2 Months
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) vis Express Entry14 monthsNo Change
Non-Express Entry PNP22 monthsNo Change
Quebec Skilled Worker22 monthsNo Change
Quebec Business Class65 monthsNo Change
Federal Self-Employed42 monthsNo Change
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)14 monthsNo Change
Start-Up Visa31 monthsNo Change


Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 163 days
Nigeria: 189 Days
United States: 60 Days
Pakistan: 220 Days
Philippines: 122 Days
UAE: 196 Days
Bangladesh: 119 Days
Sri Lanka: 215 Days
United Kingdom: 145 Days
– 1 Day for India, Nigeria & UK
– 4 Days for United States
+ 5 Days for Pakistan
No Change for Philippines
+ 3 Days for UAE
+ 8 Days for Bangladesh
+ 16 Days for Sri Lanka
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 22 days
Paper-Based: 45 days
+ 2 Days for online
No Change for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents SupervisaVaries by country
India: 159 days
Nigeria: 238 Days
United States: 468 Days
Pakistan: 246 Days
Philippines: 182 Days
UAE: 180 Days
Bangladesh: 196 Days
Sri Lanka: 282 Days
United Kingdom: 178 Days
+ 6 Days for India
– 2 Days for Nigeria
+ 1 Day for India
– 79 Days for United States
– 6 Days for Pakistan
– 8 Days for Philippines
+ 2 Days for UAE
– 7 Days for Bangladesh
– 4 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 2 Days for UK
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 205 days
Paper-Based: 167 days
+ 1 Days (Online & Paper-Based)
Study Permit Outside Canada12 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 69 Days
Paper-Based: 98 Days
– 5 Days (Online)
+ 19 Days (Paper-Based
)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 13 Weeks
Nigeria: 32 Weeks
United States: 14 Weeks
Pakistan: 58 Weeks
Philippines: 12 Weeks
UAE: 32 Weeks
Bangladesh: 26 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 31 Weeks
United Kingdom: 11 Weeks
– 1 Week for India, Nigeria
– 7 Weeks
No Change for Philippines, UK
+ 2 Weeks for UAE & Bangladesh
+ 5 Days for Sri Lanka
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 168 Days
Paper-Based: 84 Days
No Change
International Experience Canada (Current Season)**6 WeeksNo Change
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change

What Updates Does the Processing Time Include 

IRCC bases processing time on the time it took to process prior similar applications. The processing period begins when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer makes a decision on the application. Furthermore, the processing time may differ depending on whether the application was filed on paper or online.

These processing times are designed to offer new weekly timelines from the preceding 6 months’ data. Furthermore, it correlates the application volume with operational issues to assist future immigrants in better planning their journey.

Source: IRCC

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