IRCC immigration application processing times

Canada IRCC immigration application processing times updated


Canada IRCC immigration application processing times


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On August 24, 2022 Canada released an important update  to further improve or shorten immigration application processing times.

Currently there are 2.4 million applications waiting in all IRCC inventories. Of those, 1.1 million are within service standards, while 1.3 million are in the backlog.

IRCC immigration application processing times

Canada’s immigration minister Sean Fraser says on Twitter:

IRCC immigration application processing times

How long will it take to process my Canadian immigration application?


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IRCC recently released application processing times for various Canada immigration categories for the remainder of 2022. See IRCC has released new figures (July 2022). One can also expect these timelines to carry well into 2023 too.

Processing times for Permanent Residence applications

IRCC expects to process 80% of Express Entry PR applications within six months of submission. Express Entry is the application system that IRCC uses to manage most of Canada immigration applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

IRCC immigration application processing times
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Canada’s provinces and territories can nominate Express Entry candidates for PR who want to settle in their provinces and territories. They do so under their Provincial Immigrant Nominee Programs (PNP). A PNP nomination adds a whopping 600 points to your Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS). This virtually guarantees that you will receive and invitation to apply for PR from IRCC.


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IRCC plans to process 80 percent of PNP applications within its service standards (service standards vary for different types of PNPs).

IRCC immigration application processing times
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Spouses, partners, and children immigration to Canada

Many Canadian citizens and permanent residents have loved ones abroad that they wish to bring to Canada. Canada Family Class Sponsorship programs enable them to sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada.

By the end of the year, IRCC plans to process 80 percent of spouse, partner, and child sponsorship applications within 12 months. 

See also Canada Family Class Sponsorship – Bring Your Family to Canada too

IRCC immigration application processing times
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Processing times for Temporary Residence applications

As of July 31, 2022, Canada had a total of 1,400,000 temporary residence applications awaiting processing. This includes applications for visitor visas, work permits, and study permits. Approximately 580,000 or 41% were within IRCC’s service standards for processing.  The breakdown of backlog projections is as follows:

Temporary Work Permit processing times

IRCC projects backlog for work permit applications to continuing growing in 2022. However, IRCC anticipates a significant decrease in 2023, with the backlog 30 percent by March 2022. 

Canada aims to process 80 percent of work permit applications submitted outside Canada within 60 days.

IRCC immigration application processing times
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Canada Study Permit processing times

IRCC projects backlog for study permit applications to grow from 31% to 42% through late summer and early fall. This is the period many international students will begin their studies, thus seasonal increases in applications are normal. 

However, IRCC anticipates a significant decrease in 2023, with the backlog falling to 23 percent by March. Canada aims to process 80 percent of study permit applications submitted outside Canada within 60 days and those submitted inside Canada within 120 days.

IRCC immigration application processing times
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Canada Visitor visa application processing times

IRCC continues to make very slow progress on Canada visitor visa applications backlog. As of July 31, 67% were not processed within service standards. IRCC projects only a minor improvement to 58% by March 2023.

IRCC immigration application processing times
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Processing times for Canadian citizenship applications

IRCC anticipates processing 75% of Canadian citizenship applications within 12 months of receipt.

IRCC currently has 379,000 citizenship applications in backlog. Of those, 246,000 or 65% were within IRCC processing service standards. 

IRCC immigration application processing times
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.