Canada Immigration Processing Time


Many times when foreign national is looking to immigrate to Canada they want to know how long it will take to get to Canada. Each visa has a different processing time and application process.

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.

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

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Type of visa application

Applicants’ country of residence
Complete and correct application
Fast input processing time
6 months

The Express Entry Program includes the following currents: Federal Qualified Worker (FSW), Federal Qualified Offices (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

Most quick entry requests are processed within six months of the date they are received. Before the six-month processing time begins, the applicant must provide all the necessary documents and upload them to their individual Quick Entry profile.

Learn more about the processing time of the Express Entry Program.

PR card processing time

13-27 days

Applying for a new PR card can take only 13 days, while renewing or replacing a PR card will take about 27 days.

Learn more about Canada’s PR card processing times

Work permit processing time
1-27 weeks

The processing time for Canadian work permits is the most far-reaching. The processing time of the work permit depends entirely on the completion of your application and the office in which you requested it. We have found that it may take 1-27 weeks to process a Canadian Work Permit.

Learn more about Canadian work permit processing times.

Study Permit Processing Time
1-16 weeks

Like work permits, the processing periods for Canadian study permits depend heavily on the applicant’s country of residence. Typically a Canadian study permit can be processed between 1-16 weeks.

Learn more about the processing times for Canadian study permits.

Processing time for Canadian citizenship
1 year

The typical processing time for a Canadian Citizenship Scholarship is 12 months/1 year. This means that from the day the entire application is submitted, it must take about a year until it is fully processed.

Learn more about the processing time for Canadian citizenship.

Processing time for the Canadian visitor visa
12 days

Like work visas and study permits, the processing time of a visitor visa may depend on the country from which the applicant comes. Normally the time can vary from a couple of days to a few weeks for the processing time of a Visitor Visa of Canada. If the application is submitted from within Canada, the processing time is only 12 days.

Learn more about the processing time of the Canadian Visitor Visa.

Canadian Spouse Sponsorship Processing Time
12-36 months

The average processing time for a marital sponsorship is approximately 12 months. However, depending on specific circumstances and regions, it may be shorter or as long as 36 months.

Learn more about Canadian marital sponsorship processing time.

Find out the processing time of the Canadian visa with an immigration professional
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Use the IRCC Processing Time tool to determine how long it can take to process your Canadian visa.