The latest IRCC processing times December 2022
Author: Andrea Neira
Last Updated On: February 6, 2023

The Latest IRCC Processing Times: December 2022

This year, the Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, announced major updates to IRCC’s online processing times tool.  This tool is supposed to provide new weekly calculations from the previous six months’ data. Moreover, it reflects the application volume with operational challenges to help future immigrants plan their journey better.

<<Check the Latest IRCC Processing Times in February 2023>>

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

As of December 6, 2022, processing times were the following:

1) PR cards and Citizenship

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to November
Renewing or replacing a PR card87 daysDecreased by 6 days
Waiting for first card92 daysIncreased by 27 days
Citizenship grant24 monthsNo change
Certificate/Proof of citizenship16 monthsNo change
Resumption of citizenship34 monthsNo change
Renunciation of citizenship16 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Search of citizenship record16 monthsIncreased by 1 month
Citizenship for adopted personsPart 1: 11 months
Part 2: Varies by complexity
No change

2. Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to November
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 monthsNo change
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada18 monthsDecreased by 2 months
Dependent childDepends on where the child livesDepends on where the child lives
Parents or grandparents38 monthsIncreased by 1 month
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 November
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by countryVaries by country
Visitor visa inside Canada24 days online
46 days by paper
Increased by 7 days online
Increased by 5 days by paper
Visitor visa extension
(visitor record)
198 days online
163 days by paper
Decreased by 5 days online
Decreased by 12 days by paper
Parents or grandparents Super VisaVaries by countryVaries by country
Study permit outside Canada9 weeksDecreased by 4 weeks
Study permit inside Canada3 weeksDecreased by 1 week
Study permit extension75 days online
104 days by paper
Increased 14 days online
Increased 33 days by paper
Work permit outside CanadaVaries by countryVaries by country
Work permit inside Canada 
(initial application or extension)
168 days online
81 days by paper
Decreased by 1 day online
Decreased by 3 days by paper
International Experience CanadaCurrent season: 5 weeksVaries by country
Electronic Travel Authorization5 minutesNo change

<<Also Read: Canada’s immigration backlog reduces to 1.2 million applications>>

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 November
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
online via Express Entry
20 monthsIncreased by 1 month

– Home Child Care Provider Pilot

– Home Support Worker Pilot
Experience 24 months or more: 28 months
Experience less than 24 months:
varies by application
Experience 24 months or more: increased by 599 months
Experience less than 24 months:
varies by application
Provincial Nominee Program
online via Express Entry
13 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Non-Express Entry PNP22 monthsNo change
Self-employed persons (Federal)42 monthsNo change
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
online via Express Entry
29 monthsIncreased by 2 months
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)62 monthsIncreased by 13 months
Atlantic Immigration Program12 monthsDecreased by 2 months
Quebec skilled worker21 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Quebec business class65 monthsNo change
Start-up visa32 months Increased by 1 month
Humanitarian & Compassionate25 monthsIncreased by 2 months
Government assisted and Privately sponsored
Depends where you are applying fromDepends where you are applying from
Protected persons and convention refugees (in Canada)19 monthsDecreased by 1 month

This data was retrieved from the Government of Canada, on December 6, 2022. This 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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