This update was part of the effort to modernize the Canadian immigration system and was announced by immigration minister Sean Fraser on March 31, 2022. This article enlists latest processing times from IRCC website as of May 24, 2022.
What Updates Does the Processing Time Include
In addition to accurate processing times, this tool is supposed to provide new weekly calculations from the previous six months’ data. Moreover, it will reflect the application volume with operational challenges to help future immigrants plan their journey better.
Calculating Processing Times
IRCC calculates processing time based on its time to process previous similar applications. The processing time begins when IRCC receives the application and ends when the immigration officer has decided on the application. Moreover, the processing time may vary on how the application was submitted on paper or online.
Current Processing Times
Current immigration data reveals about 2.13 million people are awaiting processing. However, some improvements in processing time are seen with express entry applicants. Still, IRCC is struggling to process applications due the impact on Covid-19 pandemic. Below are some of the current processing times.
Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards
Citizenship grant: 27 months
Citizenship Certificate (proof of citizenship): 17 months
Resumption of citizenship: 23 months
Renunciation of citizenship: 15 months
Search of citizenship records: 15 months
New PR card: 93 days
Renewing PR card: 63 days
Processing Time for Family Sponsorship (No change since May 11 update)
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada: 22 months
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada: 15 months
Parents or Grandparents: 33 months