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How much time does it take to apply for a Canada PR Visa?

When moving to Canada, there is one common question that generally all the PR Visa aspirants ask How long will it take to get my PR Visa?. On this page, we will discuss the factors that affect your PR Visa application and different PR Visa application processing time under different Canadian immigration programs.

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Canada PR Visa Processing Time

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. these are not counted in the total application processing time for your PR Visa application.

What are the factors that affect Canada PR Visa application?

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 the 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.

Completeness of your application

If the submitted application is incomplete, IRCC can either deny the applicant completely or request more information, which can cause significant delays in the processing time.

If there are some delays in your application, the following are some of the possible reasons:

  • Your medical certificate and  Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)  takes longer for validation;
  • Under an interview conducted by the immigration authorities;
  • The high number of applications;

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Average processing time for different Canadian immigration programs

Below are some of the popular Canadian immigration programs and the approximate application processing time.

Express Entry Program

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. 

Provincial Nominee Program

If you are applying directly to provincial authorities without express entry, it takes 15 to 19 months to process. 

Quebec Skilled Worker Program

For the skilled immigrants who want to live in Quebec as permanent residents, the application processing time for QSWP is 15 to 17 months.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

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.