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New Updated IRCC Processing Times As Of March 14

Last Updated On 23 March 2023, 2:47 PM EDT (Toronto Time)


This page lists the latest processing times reported by the IRCC as of March 14, 2023, as well as a comparison to the previous week’s processing timings.

For more than a year, we have been recording and analyzing the processing times for our readers, which are officially updated weekly by the IRCC.

Please read the following information carefully to properly understand what these processing durations represent.

In early 2022, the IRCC modified its processing tool to offer accurate statistics on regular processing times rather than only service standard timeframes.

These processing timelines are meant to provide potential immigrants and visa applicants to Canada an indication of how long it may take for a decision to be reached on their application.

These times are based on information obtained over the last 6 months for 80% of previously processed applications and are meant to offer the most recent weekly processing timings.

This does not imply that your application will be processed in the same amount of time.

Because it is an average of the processing times for 80% of the applications, so processing of your application may take longer or shorter than displayed.

Please note that the processing time begins when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer determines whether to accept or reject it.

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 monthsNo Change
Renunciation of Citizenship14 monthsNo Change
Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
New PR card34 days– 2 Days
PR card renewals67 days– 2 Days

*Proof of citizenship (Citizenship certificate): Applications from countries other than Canada and the United States may take longer to process.

The IRCC is presently distributing acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letters or emails to paper and online citizens who applied between January 30, 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 monthsNo Change
Parents or Grandparents PR39 monthsNo Change

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 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)30 monthsNo Change
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 months (not updated
by IRCC since March 1)
No Change
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry11 monthsNo Change
Non-Express Entry PNP20 monthsNo Change
Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)20 monthsNo Change
Quebec Business Class67 monthsNo Change
Federal Self-Employed43 monthsNo Change
Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)24 monthsNo Change
Start-Up Visa33 monthsNo Change

Temporary Residence Application 

Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
India: 50 Days
Nigeria: 359 Days
United States: 21 Days
Pakistan: 143 Days
Philippines: 30 Days
UAE: 320 Days
Bangladesh: 162 Days
Sri Lanka: 108 Days
United Kingdom: 30 Days
– 8 Days for India
– 17 Days for Nigeria
– 3 Days for United States
– 23 Days for Pakistan
– 1 Day for Philippines
No change for UAE
– 23 Day for Bangladesh
– 27 Days for Sri Lanka
No Change for UK
Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 11 days
Paper-Based: 33 days
– 1 Day for online
+ 1 Day for paper-based
Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
India: 129 Days
Nigeria: 621 Days
United States: 121 Days
Pakistan: 420 Days
Philippines: 231 Days
UAE: 327 Days
Bangladesh: 253 Days
Sri Lanka: 306 Days
United Kingdom: 175 Days
– 4 Days for India
+ 225 Days for Nigeria
No Change for United States
– 2 Days for Pakistan
+ 5 Days for Philippines
No Change for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
+ 2 Days for Sri Lanka
+ 6 Days for UK
Study Permit Outside Canada10 WeeksNo Change
Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 180 days
Paper-Based: 87 days
– 1 Day (Online)
– 4 Days for Paper-Based
Study Permit Inside Canada3 Weeks– Week
Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 85 Days
Paper-Based: 104 Days
– 24 Days (Online)
– 3 Days (Paper-Based)
Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
India: 8 Weeks
Nigeria: 25 Weeks
United States: 14 Weeks
Pakistan: 45 Weeks
Philippines: 12 Weeks
UAE: 39 Weeks
Bangladesh: 30 Weeks
Sri Lanka: 18 Weeks
United Kingdom: 12 Weeks
No Change for India
– 2 Weeks for Nigeria
– 1 Week for United States
No Change for Pakistan
No Change for Philippines
– 3 Weeks for UAE
No Change for Bangladesh
– 3 Weeks for Sri Lanka
+ 1 Week for UK
Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 154 Days
Paper-Based: 29 Days
– 2 Days (Online)
– 24 Days for paper-based
International Experience Canada (Current Season)3 WeeksNo Change
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)24 Days+ 1 Day
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change

*Applications for critical occupations are being prioritized at this time. If you are not applying for a position in an essential occupation, your processing time may be longer than stated above.


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