The Latest IRCC Processing Times January 2023

The Latest IRCC Processing Times: January 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.

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

As of January 4, 2023, processing times were the following:

1) PR cards and Citizenship

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to December 2022
Renewing or replacing a PR card80 daysDecreased by 7 days
Waiting for first card91 daysDecreased by 1 day
Citizenship grant24 monthsNo change
Certificate/Proof of citizenship15 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Resumption of citizenship34 monthsNo change
Renunciation of citizenship15 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Search of citizenship record16 monthsNo change
Citizenship for adopted personsPart 1: 10 months
Part 2: Varies by complexity
Decreased by 1 month

2. Family Sponsorship

Application TypeCurrent processing timeCompared to December 2022
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada13 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada17 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Dependent childDepends on where the child livesDepends on where the child lives
Parents or grandparents38 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 December 2022
Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by countryVaries by country
Visitor visa inside Canada23 days online
49 days by paper
Decreased by 1 day online
Increased by 3 days by paper
Visitor visa extension
(visitor record)
199 days online
153 days by paper
Increased by 1 day online
Decreased by 10 days by paper
Parents or grandparents Super VisaVaries by countryVaries by country
Study permit outside Canada9 weeksNo change
Study permit inside Canada4 weeksIncreased by 1 week
Study permit extension128 days online
111 days by paper
Increased 53 days online
Increased 7 days by paper
Work permit outside CanadaVaries by countryVaries by country
Work permit inside Canada 
(initial application or extension)
166 days online
60 days by paper
Decreased by 2 day online
Decreased by 21 days by paper
International Experience CanadaCurrent season: 6 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 December 2022
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
online via Express Entry
20 monthsNo change

– Home Child Care Provider Pilot

– Home Support Worker Pilot
Experience 24 months or more: 29 months

Experience 24 months or more:
20 months
Experience 24 months or more: increased by 1 month

Experience less than 24 months:
no change
Provincial Nominee Program
online via Express Entry
12 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Non-Express Entry PNP21 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Self-employed persons (Federal)41 monthsDecreased by 1 month
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
online via Express Entry
30 monthsIncreased by 1 month
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)63 monthsIncreased by 2 months
Atlantic Immigration Program15 monthsIncreased by 3 months
Quebec skilled worker19 monthsDecreased by 2 months
Quebec business class66 monthsIncreased by 1 month
Start-up visa32 months No change
Humanitarian & Compassionate27 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 monthsNo change

This data was retrieved from the Government of Canada, on January 4, 2023, 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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