Not long ago, on March 31, Immigration Minister announced new updates to the government’s online processing times tool. This is good news for future newcomers to make plans based on a more accurate timeline. To find out how IRCC updates the processing times tool to provide more accurate information, read our content below.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) clients can now see more accurate estimates of how long it will take to process their application.
Most permanent resident and citizenship services will now use dynamic processing times. New calculations will be posted weekly based on data from the previous six months. Dynamic processing times for temporary residence services are already in place, based on data from the past eight or 16 weeks.
Before, the government website was only showing the service standard, which is IRCC’s commitment to process applications under normal circumstances
IRCC’s processing times tell clients how long it took to process most complete applications in the past and are updated weekly. IRCC reports annually on how actual processing times compared to service standards.
Service standards are IRCC’s commitments to process applications in a certain amount of time under normal circumstances. They are not updated regularly, and not all programs have service standards.
IRCC measures processing times based on how long it took to process 80% of the applications in the past. Processing times start the day IRCC receives a complete application and end when an immigration officer makes a decision on it.
For those who apply by mail, the processing time starts when their complete application arrives in an IRCC mail room. For those who apply online or in person, the processing time starts when they submit their application.
As of March 31, processing times are the following:
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