When we talk about PR Visa application processing time it means the time that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) takes to assess your application.
The other processes like submitting your Expression of Interest (EOI), gathering the required documents, biometric screening, etc. are not counted in the total application processing time for your PR Visa application.
The processing of the Canada permanent residency (PR) Visa takes around 6 to 8 months from getting the ITA (Invitation to Apply).
Following are the major factors that affect your application processing time:
Submitting the right set of documents
This is the most vital part of the immigration process. Submitting the right and valid documents with your PR Visa application affects your chances of successful application.
In case you do not submit the right documents, the immigration authorities will ask you to submit the required documents. Procurement of the document will take time that will, in turn, result in a delay in your immigration process. There are some cases where the immigration authorities have rejected the application because of wrong information or documents.
Type of application
The number of applications for the same program also affects the processing time. If there are more applications for a single type of visa, the processing time will also increase.
If there are some delays in your application, the following are some of the possible reasons:
Below are some of the popular Canadian immigration programs and the approximate application processing time.
It is the fastest immigration program for a PR Visa. An ideal application takes 6 to 8 months to process. This time includes the time taken to submit your biometrics.
If you are applying directly to provincial authorities without express entry, it takes 15 to 19 months to process.
For the skilled immigrants who want to live in Quebec as permanent residents, the application processing time for QSWP is 15 to 17 months.
This program is for immigrants who want to reside in the Atlantic region of Canada. The application processing time for AIP is 6 months.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC is not able to provide accurate information on application processing time and is not able to process the application normally.
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