IRCC Processing Times February 2023

The Latest IRCC Processing Times: February 2023

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) closed 2022 after processing 5.2 million applications for permanent residence, temporary residence and citizenship throughout the year. Even though 2022 is over, 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 category.

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.

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

As of February 1, 2023, processing times were the following:

1) PR cards and Citizenship

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to January 2023
Renewing or replacing a PR card65 daysDecreased by 15 days
Waiting for first card42 daysDecreased by 49 days
Citizenship grant23 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Certificate/Proof of citizenship14 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Resumption of citizenship24 monthsDecreased by 10 months
Renunciation of citizenship15 monthsNo change
Search of citizenship record16 monthsNo change
Citizenship for adopted personsPart 1: 11 months
Part 2: Varies by complexity
Part 1: Increased by 1 month

2. Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to January 2023
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 monthsIncreased by 1 month
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada16 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Dependent childDepends on where the child livesDepends on where the child lives
Parents or grandparents39 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 January 2023
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by countryVaries by country
Visitor visa inside Canada14 days online
26 days by paper
Decreased by 9 days online
Decreased by 23 days by paper
Visitor visa extension
(visitor record)
203 days online
97 days by paper
Increased by 4 days online
Decreased by 56 days by paper
Parents or grandparents Super VisaVaries by countryVaries by country
Study permit outside Canada10 weeksIncreased by 1 week
Study permit inside Canada5 weeksIncreased by 1 week
Study permit extension154 days online
143 days by paper
Increased 26 days online
Increased 32 days by paper
Work permit outside CanadaVaries by countryVaries by country
Work permit inside Canada 
(initial application or extension)
164 days online
60 days by paper
Decreased by 2 days online
No change
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)25 days No change
International Experience CanadaCurrent season: 7 weeksIncreased by 1 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 January 2023
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
online via Express Entry
16 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: increased by 2 months

Experience less than 24 months:
increased by 5 months
Provincial Nominee Program
online via Express Entry
11 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Non-Express Entry PNP21 monthsNo change
Self-employed persons (Federal)43 monthsIncreased by 2 months
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
online via Express Entry
31 monthsIncreased by 1 month
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 monthsIncreased by 7 months
Atlantic Immigration Program23 monthsNo change
Quebec skilled worker19 monthsNo change
Quebec business class67 monthsIncreased by 1 month
Start-up visa33 months Increased by 1 month
Humanitarian & Compassionate26 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)22 monthsIncreased by 3 months

This data was retrieved from the Government of Canada, on February 1, 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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