IRCC New Updated Online Processing Times Explained


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IRCC has updated the online processing tool to provide accurate information on processing times. This update was part of the effort to modernize the Canadian immigration system and was announced by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on March 31, 2022. This article enlists the latest processing times from the IRCC website as of May 24, 2022.

IRCC calculates processing time based on its time to process previous similar applications. The processing time begins when IRCC receives the application and ends when the immigration officer has decided on the application. Moreover, the processing time may vary on how the application was submitted on paper or online.

Current immigration data reveals about 2.13 million people are awaiting processing. However, some improvements in processing time are seen with express entry applicants. Still, IRCC is struggling to process applications due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Below are some of the current processing times.

Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

Citizenship grant: 27 months

Citizenship Certificate (proof of citizenship): 17 months

Resumption of citizenship: 23 months

Renunciation of citizenship: 15 months

Search of citizenship records: 15 months

New PR card: 93 days

Renewing PR card: 63 days

Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application
Visitor visa outside Canada: Varies by country (India: 129 days)
Visitor visa inside Canada: 28 days online and 20 days by paper
Parents or grandparents Super Visa: Varies by country (India: 142 days)
Visitor extension: 204 days online and 214 days by paper
Study permit outside Canada: 12 weeks
Study permit inside Canada: 3 weeks
Work permit outside Canada: Varies by country (India: 41 weeks)
Study permit extension: 68 days online and 210 days by paper
Work permit inside Canada (initial application or extension): 143 days online and 151 days by paper
International Experience Canada: Current season – 5 weeks
Electronic Travel Authorization: 5 minutes

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