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Application Processing Times

In September of 2022, the Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration announced new online services that will improve the client experience and reduce the backlogs.

The updated online processing tool will provide new weekly computations based on data from the preceding six months. In addition, it represents the application volume and operational issues to assist prospective immigrants in better planning their journey.

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Canada Immigration application online processing tool.

The improvements will focus on:

  • Decreasing waiting periods

  • Increasing Capacity for Online Permanent Residence Applications

  • Increasing the scope of the application tracking system

  • Providing more accurate and relative information to applicants

  • Modernizing the citizenship program

The online processing tool will be helpful as starting September 23, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will start accepting a majority of permanent residence programs online.  

These applications will include:

September 23, 2022

Provincial nominee program (non-Express Entry); Quebec-selected skilled workers; Sponsoring a spouse or partner, a dependent child, an eligible relative, or an orphaned sibling, niece or nephew, or grandchild; 

Adopting a child through the immigration process; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

October 7, 2022
  1. Quebec-selected investors and entrepreneurs

  2. Self-employed people (Quebec)

October 14, 2022
  1. Agri-food pilot

  2. Start-up visa

  3. Temporary resident permit holders applying for permanent residence

October 21, 2022
  1. Home Support Worker Pilot

  2. Home Child Care Provider Pilot (reopens to new applications on January 1, 2023)

  3. Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

  4. Self-employed people (federal)

October 28, 2022

Atlantic Immigration Program

What does your immigration application status mean? 


Your application goes through the following  stages:

  • Application Status - None: Means you have submitted your application, but it has not been assigned for assessment. 

  • Application Status – Received: Means your application has been received. If an initial check showed that your application package was complete, you will be assigned an application number and a UCI number and an AOR (Acknowledgment of Receipt) will be sent to you. If your application package is not complete, it may be returned. In case the officer wants additional information before beginning to process your application, they will ask for the same.

  • Application Status- In Process: Means your application package is under review but a final decision yet has not been made yet. T

  • Application Status – Decision Made: Means a decision has been made. Positive or Negative.

  • Application Status – Complete: Means your application process is finished and there is nothing further pending. 

Although all applications are processed based on standard protocols but the processing time for any given application may get affected by the following factors:

  • Type of application submitted. For e.g. Temporary Residence, Permanent Residence or Citizenship etc.

  • How complete your application package is. This is a huge contributing factor. If you somehow made too many mistakes or did not submit the required/necessary documents or used the incorrect or outdated version of application forms etc.. it will cause delay in processing. 

  • IRCC's expected application processing times. This is basically supply and demand. If there are too many applications and less staff, it will cause delays. A perfect example is the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to lack of staff, not much work could get done and there have been huge delays ever since.

  • How easily applicants’ information can be verified. This could depend on your home country's government and procedures, your own personal history or a 3rd party assessing authority's availability of recourses. For e.g. if you have a criminal background, verification could take much longer.

  • How long applicants take to respond to any requests or concerns. This means how quick is your turnaround time in providing the information IRCC has additionally requested from you.

Click on the button below to check IRCC's application processing times.

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