Recently, the government of Canada has revised its processing timeframe to accommodate the nations’ operational capacity during the pandemic.
On its website, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has put it on alert that COVID-19 may trigger processing delays for people seeking immigration services. Currently, applications of individuals excluded from travel restrictions are given priority by the department.
According to the IRCC website on March 26, here is a summary of the revised processing times. The details on IRCC’s website about where they are in the processing queue are dependent on 80 percent of applicants, according to the organization. For purposes unique to the program, more complicated applications may take longer.
The IRCC confirms it is processing permanent resident applications at full speed. However, due to a lag of applications caused by COVID-19, you can face some delays.
At the time of publishing, the IRCC stated that it was finalizing the majority of the Canadian Experience Class applications obtained between the dates of May 24 and May 30, 2020, implying that IRCC is focusing on applications received nearly a year earlier.
Regarding permanent residency (PR) cards, one should check the online status tool to see the current status of their application. This also applies to all individuals applying for a PR card for the first time, renewal, or replacement. IRCC states that you should organize all necessary documents and have your identification numbers so that you can log in at any time. If you happen not to get access to the online tool try IRCC’s webpage. New PR cards are currently being processed in about 125 days, and renewals are taking about 80 days. At the moment, renewals take approximately 80 days and are processed in approximately 125 days.
|Grant of Citizenship||Received Acknowledgement of Receipt Letter||Finalizing majority applications received between March 31-April 6, 2019|
|Grant of Citizenship||Waiting to receive Acknowledgement of Receipt Letter|| |
Sending letters for applications received the week of January 21,2021
|Proof of Citizenship|| |
Check Client Application Status Tool. Processing time is 5 months
|Spousal, common-law, dependent child sponsorship||Inland||Finalizing majority applications received between Sept 29-Oct 2019|
|Spousal, common-law, dependant child sponsorship||Outland||Finalizing majority applications received between Sept 26-May –June 2019|
|Parents and Grandparents||Check online account|
|Adoptive child or relative||Check online account|
Work Permit Type
Online / Paper
Eligible for Global Skills Strategy
|Work Permit Outside Canada||Online||Yes||Finalizing majority applications received between Sept 20-Sep26 –2020|
|Work Permit Outside Canada||Online||No||Check Online Account|
|Work Permit Outside Canada||Paper||No accurate processing detail at the moment|
|Inside Canada (initial, extension, changes)||Online||Finalizing majority applications received between December 13-19-2020|
|Work Permit Inside Canada (initial, extension, changes)||Paper||Finalizing majority applications received between December 13-19-2020|
|For asylum claimants||Online||Finalizing majority applications received between December 6-12 2020|
|For asylum claimants||Paper||Finalizing majority applications received between December 6-12 2020|
At the moment, the majority of applications submitted between the period of 13 December and 19 December 2020 are in the process of being finalized by the IRCC. This covers study permit application, extensions of study permits, and student working permits. Additionally, more complicated may be upheld for a longer period in the processing queue.
Online: You should sign in to your account to verify the current status of your application, if you have applied for a Visitor Visa online, under “View my applications or profiles submitted,” click “check status and messages.”
Paper: For those who applied for a visitor visa via paper, you can search the link provided to you on your online application, where you can see your application status. You may also get notifications from IRCC concerning your submission.