IRCC Processing Time and Inventory

Processing time and Inventory of Permanent Residence Applicants

In January 2022, Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, announced major updates to IRCC’s online processing times tool. Moreover, the Minister said he was looking to give clients more up-to-date information by publishing, not just accurate service standards, but also status updates on the actual processing time.

This article will explore processing times for:

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

As of May 6, processing times were the following:

1. Permanent resident (PR) cards

  • Renewing or replacing a PR card: 70 days
  • Waiting for first card: 99 days

2. Citizenship

  • Citizenship grant: 27 months, also Certificate/Proof of citizenship: 17 months
  • Resumption of citizenship: 23 months
  • Renunciation of citizenship: 15 months
  • Search of citizenship record: 15 months
  • Citizenship for adopted persons – Part 1: 12 months, Part 2: Varies by complexity

3. Family Sponsorship

  • Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada: 15 months
  • Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada: 22 months
  • Dependent child: depends on where the child lives
  • Parents or grandparents: 33 months
  • Adopted child/relative: depends where the adopted child/relative lives

4. Temporary residence application

Please be aware that this data was retrieved from the Government of Canada, on May 6, 2022. This is subject to change on the website due to fresh updates.

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:

IRCC Backlog

According to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published by CIC News, the backlogs have increased to more than 2 million applications across all categories in April, compared to 1.8 million in March.

Line of Business Persons as of Apr. 11- Apr. 12 Persons as of Apr. 30 – May 2
PR 529,631 530,269
TR 1,102,375 1,200,791
Citizenship 399,583 399,325
TOTAL 2,031,589 2,130,385

The inventory for temporary resident visas and work permits has increased significantly. This could be due to the introduction of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), which is a temporary residency pathway to Canada. It is not a refugee program.

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