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What You Need to Know About IRCC Processing Times

The processing times for applications submitted to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) indicate the average duration for processing various immigration and permit applications for entry to Canada. Different types of visas or permits have varying processing times, influenced by factors such as application type and submission timing.

These processing times can range from a few days to several months, impacting your relocation plans and application progress. It’s important to note that while these times serve as estimates, there’s no guarantee of processing within the specified timeframe.

Updates on IRCC Application Processing Times
The latest developments regarding IRCC’s application processing times aim to facilitate a smooth immigration journey. Here’s an overview:

Express Entry System

The average processing time for an Express Entry application is six months. However, actual processing durations may fluctuate based on the chosen program, application complexity, and volume of submissions.

  • Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP): 6 Months
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): Undetermined
  • Canada Experience Class (CEC): 5 Months
Canadian Citizenship Certificate

Processing times for Canadian citizenship applications vary depending on the type of application:

  • Citizenship Grant: 15 Months
  • Proof of Citizenship Certificate: 8 Months
  • Resumption of Citizenship: Undetermined
  • Renunciation of Citizenship: 14 Months
  • Search of Citizenship Records: 13 Months
Permanent Residency (PR) Cards

Understanding PR card processing times is crucial for immigration planning:

  • Replacing or Renewing PR Card: 59 Days
  • First-Time PR Card Applicants: 35 Days
Family Sponsorship

Processing times for family sponsorship applications vary based on the relationship with the sponsor and proximity to Canada:

  • Spouse or Common Law Partner: 9-34 Months
  • Dependent Child: Varies
  • Parents or Grandparents: 24-50 Months
  • Adopted Child or Other Relatives: Varies
International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday Visa

Application processing times for the IEC Working Holiday Visa:

  • Last Season: 57 Weeks
  • Current Season: 3 Weeks
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Processing times vary by province:

  • Online via Express Entry: 7 Months
  • Non-Express Entry PNP: 13 Months
Canadian Visitor Visas

Processing times depend on application location:

  • Outside Canada: Varies
  • Inside Canada: 14 Days
Canada Super Visas

Varied processing times based on country of origin.

Work Permits

Processing times vary depending on application location:

  • Outside Canada: Varies
  • Inside Canada: 101 Days
Study Permits

Processing times for study permits:

  • Outside Canada: 9 Weeks
  • Inside Canada: 5 Weeks
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Typically processed within 5 minutes, but certain cases may require additional time.

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP):
The SAWP application processing time is 20 days.

Please Note:
Processing times exclude transit and biometric submission durations.

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