On August 9, 2018 – the immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced changes to improve the experience for some permanent resident applicants and other clients seeking entry to Canada in various categories.

Starting July 31, 2018 IRCC began using an improved method to estimate processing times for some new permanent residence applications. This new method involves the processing to be projected, and gives clients an estimate of how long their application will take under normal circumstances and detail.

  • Number of current applications waiting to be processed
  • The volume of admissions allowed each year under the multi-year immigration levels plan

Previously, all permanent residence application processing times were estimated up to 80%. While these historical times were accurate, the new method for projecting processing times will provide more accurate estimates for applicants.


The new projected processing times will take effect as of July 31, 2018 in the following categories:

  • Sponsoring a family member
    • Parents and grandparents
  • Economic Class
    • Provincial Nominees (Non-Express Entry)
    • Skilled Workers (Quebec)
    • Start-Up Visa
  • Humanitarian and compassionate cases

It should be noted that for applicants who have already applied, withdrawing and restarting an application will not result in faster processing times.

  • Any application that is already in process will become null and void should you decided again.
  • Withdrawing certain applications such as Express Entry and Parental Sponsorships, may run the risk of not receiving a subsequent invitation to apply or an invitation to sponsor which might have been applicable to the application already in cue.

Some processing times are listed below:

  • Temporary Residence – Visitor extension
    • 70 Days Via online
    • 110 Days Via paper
  • Work Permit extension – Same employer
    • 51 Days Via online
    • 107 Days Via paper
  • Family Sponsorship
    • 12 Months (inside Canada)
    • 12 Months (outside Canada)
    • 20-24 Months (parents and grandparents)
  • Citizenship Grants
    • 12 Months
  • Permanent Resident Cards (renewal)
    • 98 Days