IRCC Processing Standards Could Return To Normal By End Of 2022

IRCC Processing Standards Could Return To Normal By End Of 2022

As of April 29, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had more than 2.1 million applicants waiting on decisions for citizenship, immigration, and temporary residence. 

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser appeared recently before the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and made promising remarks on reducing application backlogs and improving IRCC procession standards by end of this calendar year.  

IRCC processing standards refer to the goal that the department sets to process an application, be it citizenship, immigrtaion, or temporary residence like study or work permits. In any case, these standards do not necessarily reflect actual processing times as each application is unique.

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Minister told the committee that his department is eyeing to return to IRCC processing standards for the majority of visa categories by the end of 2022.


I think we’ll be able to do it – on a majority of lines of business – potentially this calendar year,” Fraser said, “and where we can’t do it, we should be broadcasting those timelines.


Minister also laid out plans for better utilization of the $827 million budget to digitize and transform immigration to Canada. This has already helped IRCC make 156,000 permanent residency applications in the first quarter of 2022 alone. 

Proposed Changes to Express Entry

Minister Fraser hinted at proposed changes to the Express Entry system. In near future, the Express Entry system includes exclusive pathways to permanent residence for international students and temporary foreign workers. There could be occupation-specific Express Entry draws to fill gaps in key sectors. 

IRCC Processing Standards for Various Canadian Visa Categories 

Please refer to the official website or contact our consultants for latest information. . 

Immigration Category Program  IRCC Processing Standard
Economic-class Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 7 months
Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 27 months
Express Entry Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) 27 months
Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) 22 months
Non-Express Entry aligned PNP 27 months
Quebec skilled worker streams 31 months
Federal Self-employed persons 42 months
Atlantic Immigration Program 14 months
Start-up Visa 31 months
Quebec business class 65 months
Immigration Category Program  IRCC Processing Standard
Temporary Residence Study permit outside Canada 13 weeks
Study permit inside Canada 09 weeks
Study permit extension 75 days online and 156 days by paper
Work permit outside Canada:  Varies by country
Work permit inside Canada (initial application or extension) : 133 days online and 239 days by paper
Parents or grandparents Super Visa Varies by country
Immigration Category Program  IRCC Processing Standard
Family class Spouse or common-law partner living in Canada 16 months
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada 19 months
Parents or grandparents  32 months
Dependent child  Varies by country
Adopted child or relative Varies by country

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