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CIC Processing Time – Canada Immigration

NOTE: The information below is based on our current understanding of CIC processes. This is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to for the most up-to-date information.

MyCIC Account and CIC Login

CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) is now called Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) but we will use the old name CIC in this article.

With your myCIC account, you can apply, pay your fees and check your status for some applications.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.


You can create and sign in to an account using:

  • your online banking login (Sign-In Partner)
  • a Government of Canada login (GCKey)

What’s the difference?

  • Sign-in Partner (SecureKey Concierge) this refers to people who have accounts with CIC-affiliated banks. Most applicants choose
    to create a GCKey Log In instead
  • GCKey is the Government of Canada login credential

Learn more about Sign-In Partner and GCKey.

Online applications: After CIC has received your application, it may take up to 5 days for you to see it in your account. CIC is working to make this wait time shorter. If your application does not appear after 5 days, contact CIC and report a technical problem. This issue will not delay processing of your application.
  • Use the same sign in information you use for other online services (for example, online banking)
  • None of your information will be shared with us. Your Sign-In Partner will not know which government service you are using.
  • You will temporarily leave to use your Sign-In Partner
  • Sign in with a GCKey user ID and password if you don’t use a Sign-In Partner.
  • Register for a GCKey user ID and password if you don’t have one.

CIC Processing Time

How long will it take to process my application?

Exact CIC processing times are difficult to predict. They vary depending on:


  • the type of immigration application that you submitted
  • whether or not your application is complete and accurate
  • backlog of CIC applications already received
  • how easily CIC can verify your information
  • how long you take to respond to any request for further information or concerns from CIC
  • other factors

CIC processing times may also change during the processing of your application. Check processing times for details.

How are CIC processing times calculated?

A CIC processing time starts the day CIC receives a complete application and ends when CIC makes a decision. If you apply by mail, the time starts when your application arrives in CIC’s mailroom. If you apply online or in-person, it starts when you submit your application.

For some permanent resident applicants who haven’t applied yet, processing times are projected:

  • Processing times are measured based on the current number of applications waiting to be processed and how quickly CIC expects to process 80% of them.

For other applicants, processing times are historical:


  • Processing times are measured based on how long it CIC took to process 80% of applications in the past.

CIC has an explanation below each processing time stating if it’s projected or historical.

How often are the processing times for visa offices updated?

Most processing times show how long it took to process applications in the past and are updated weekly.

The following permanent resident programs have estimated processing times for new applications and are updated monthly:

  • Sponsoring a parent or grandparent
  • Economic immigration
    • Provincial Nominees (excluding Express Entry)
    • Skilled Workers (Quebec)
    • Start-up visa
  • Humanitarian and compassionate cases

The following programs show a commitment and are updated when new commitments are set:


  • Electronic travel authorization (eTA)
  • International Experience Canada (IEC)
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • Express Entry
    • Federal Skilled Trades
    • Federal Skilled Workers
    • Provincial Nominees
    • Canadian Experience Class
  • Caregivers
  • Sponsoring a spouse or a common-law or conjugal partner

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.