Canada Immigration Processing Time

By Ella Bergquist May 18, 2020 2 min. read
Canadian Visa Processing Times

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:

  1. Type of Visa Application
  2. Country of Applicants Residency
  3. Application Complete and Correctness

Express Entry Processing Time

6 months

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

Most Express Entry applications are processed within six months from the date it is received. Before the six month processing time begins the applicant must provide all the necessary documents and upload them to their individual Express Entry profile.

Learn more about the Express Entry Program Processing Time.

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 around 27 days.

Learn more about Canada PR Card Processing Times

Work Permit Processing Time

1-27 weeks

The Canadian work permit processing time is the one with the largest range. The Work Permit processing time completely depends on the completion of your application and the office you applied at. We have found that it can take between 1-27 weeks to process a Canadian Work Permit.

Learn more about Canadian Work Permit Processing Times.

Study Permit Processing Time

1-16 weeks

Just like work permits Canadian Study Permit Processing Times depend mostly on the applicant’s country of residence. Typically a Canadian study permit can be processed between 1-16 weeks.

Learn more on Canada Study Permit Processing Times.

Canadian Citizenship Processing Time

1 year

A typical Canadian Citizenship grant processing time is 12 months/1 year. This means that from the day you submit your completed application it should take about one year until it is fully processed.

Learn more on Canadian Citizenship Processing Time.

Canadian Visitor Visa Processing Time

12 days

Similar to work visas and study permits, a visitor visa processing time can depend on which country the applicant is applying from. Typically the time can vary from a couple days to a few weeks for a Canada Visitor Visa processing time. If you apply from within Canada the processing time is only 12 days.

Learn more about Canadian Visitor Visa Processing Time.

Canada Spousal Sponsorship Processing Time

12-36 months

The average processing time of a spousal 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 Spousal Sponsorship Processing Time.

Find Out Canada Visa Processing Time From an Immigration Professional

Book a consultation today with an immigration professional! One of our Canada immigration professionals will determine exactly how long it will take for you to receive your Canadian visa.

Use the IRCC Processing Time tool to determine how long your Canada visa processing time may take.