The Latest IRCC Processing Times March 2023 Canadian Immigration

Canadian Immigration Processing Times: March 2023

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) closed 2022 after processing 5.2 million applications for permanent residence, temporary residence and citizenship throughout the year. This year, IRCC continues to process applications. In this article we’ll explore the latest IRCC processing times for:

  • Citizenship, family sponsorships and temporary resident visas, also
  • Applications under economic immigration, humanitarian, refugees and caregivers visa categories.

These processing times help applicants are to have an idea of what to expect before submitting their application. However, IRCC can take a longer or shorter time to process an application.

<<Also Read: Backlog increases as IRCC tries to reach service targets>>

Processing times for PR, citizenship, family sponsorships and temporary resident visas

As of March 7, 2023, processing times were the following:

1) PR cards and Citizenship

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to February 2023
Renewing or replacing a PR card69 daysIncreased by 4 days
Waiting for the first card36 daysDecreased by 6 days
Citizenship grant23 monthsNo change
Certificate/Proof of citizenship14 monthsNo change
Resumption of citizenship30 monthsIncreased by 6 months
Renunciation of citizenship14 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Search of citizenship record16 monthsNo change
Citizenship for adopted personsPart 1: 11 months
Part 2: Varies by complexity
Part 1: No change
Part 2: No change

2. Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to February 2023
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada13 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada16 monthsNo change
Dependent childDepends on where the child livesDepends on where the child lives
Parents or grandparents39 monthsNo change
Adopted child/relativeDepends on where the adopted child/relative liveDepends on where the adopted child/relative live

3. Temporary residence applications

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to February 2023
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by countryVaries by country
Visitor visa inside Canada12 days online
32 days by paper
Decreased by 2 days online
Increased by 6 days by paper
Visitor visa extension
(visitor record)
181 days online
91 days by paper
Decreased by 22 days online
Decreased by 6 days by paper
Parents or grandparents Super VisaVaries by countryVaries by country
Study permit outside Canada10 weeksNo change
Study permit inside Canada4 weeksDecreased by 1 week
Study permit extension109 days online
107 days by paper
Decreased 45 days online
Decreased 36 days by paper
Work permit outside CanadaVaries by countryVaries by country
Work permit inside Canada 
(initial application or extension)
156 days online
53 days by paper
Decreased by 8 days online
Decreased by 7 days by paper
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)25 days No change
International Experience CanadaCurrent season: 3 weeksDecreased by 4 week
Electronic Travel Authorization5 minutesNo change

<<IRCC assigned 59,456 applications to inactive immigration officers>>

Processing times for applications under economic immigration, humanitarian, refugees and caregivers visa category

The processing times for applications under Economic Immigration, humanitarian, refugees and caregivers, were the following:

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to February 2023
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
online via Express Entry
12 monthsDecreased by 4 months

– Home Child Care Provider Pilot

– Home Support Worker Pilot
Experience 24 months or more: 31 months

Experience 24 months or more:
25 months
Experience 24 months or more: no change

Experience less than 24 months:
no change
Provincial Nominee Program
online via Express Entry
11 monthsNo change
Non-Express Entry PNP20 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Self-employed persons (Federal)43 monthsNo change
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
online via Express Entry
30 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
online via Express Entry
Not provided70 months
Atlantic Immigration Program24 monthsIncreased by 1 month
Quebec skilled worker20 monthsIncreased by 1 month
Quebec business class67 monthsNo change
Start-up visa33 months No change
Humanitarian & Compassionate25 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Government-assisted and Privately sponsored
Depends where you are applying fromDepends where you are applying from
Protected persons and convention refugees (in Canada)23 monthsIncreased by 1 month

This data was retrieved from the Government of Canada, on March 7, 2023. Therefore, it is subject to change on the website due to fresh updates.

Also, please be aware that IRCC calculates processing time based on the time it took 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.

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