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April 2, 2022

Canada announced more transparent processing timeline for newcomers

Before discussing the different steps of the visa application process, you should have a clear definition of what processing time means and encompasses. The processing time for Canadian Visas is defined as how long it takes the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to process your application from the day that they receive it.

Factors that Can Increase Canada Visa Processing Time

There are several items that can factor in how long it will take for your Canadian Visa. These include:

  • 1) Type of visa application
  • 2) Country of applicants residency
  • 3) Application complete and correctness
  • 4) How easily the applicants information can be confirmed
  • 5) How quickly IRCC can process applications that are already in the system
  • 6) How long an applicant takes to respond to additional requests or concerns

Express Entry


Application Processing Time

We go through some of the most popular streams and approximate processing times.


Catagory Program Processing Time


Economic class immigration

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 7 months

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 27 months

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) 27 months

 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) 22 months

Non-Express Entry aligned PNP 27 months

Quebec skilled worker streams 31 months

Federal Self-employed persons 42 months

Atlantic Immigration Program 14 months

Start-up Visa: 31 months

Family class immigration

Common-law partner(Living in Canada ) 16 months

Common-law partner(Outside Canada ) 19 months

Parents or grandparents 32 months

Temporary residence application

Visitor visa inside Canada Online: 16 days

Offline: 48 days

Visitor extension Online: 162 days

Offline: 201 days

Study permit outside Canada 13 weeks

Study permit inside Canada 9 weeks

Study permit extension Online: 75 days

Offline: 156 days


Citizenship grant 27 months

Citizenship certificate (Proof of citizenship) 17 months

Resumption of citizenship 23 month

Renunciation of citizenship 15 Months

Permanent resident (PR) cards

Renewing or replacing a PR card 108 days

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