IRCC Launches Improved Online Tool for Predicting Application Processing Times


Exciting Update from IRCC!  As of May 2, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced forward-looking processing times to estimate how long new applications will take—updating these estimates monthly to ensure accuracy. This will help you make more informed decisions about travel and life plans!

Applications included:

  • Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry)
  • Provincial Nominees Program (Express Entry and non-Express Entry)
  • Federal Skilled Workers (Express Entry)
  • Quebec Skilled Workers
  • Citizenship grants
  • Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)
  • Spouse or common-law partner (inside Canada)
  • Spouse, common-law or conjugal partner (outside Canada)
  • Parents or grandparents

For the remaining types of applications not listed above: IRCC will still use backward-looking, historical processing times. Backward-looking processing times are calculated based on how long it took IRCC to process 80% of applications in the past 6 months for permanent residence programs, and 8 or 16 weeks for temporary residence programs.

For existing applications: If you’ve already submitted an application, don’t worry! You’re already ahead in the queue, and in most cases, your wait time should not exceed the newly estimated times. There’s no need to reapply.

IRCC will continue to refine their tools through ongoing testing and research, aiming to offer a more transparent and efficient service.

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