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 processing time under different Canadian immigration programs.

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Canada PR Visa Processing Time

The Canada PR processing time starts the day Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) receives your complete application and ends when they make a decision on it. There are three key factors that play a pivotal role in determining the processing time of your permanent residency application.

  • Country of residence
  • Type of application
  • Completeness of application

The general processing time for the Canada PR visa is 6 to 8 months.

The other processes like submitting your profile, gathering the required documents, biometric screening, etc. 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:

Country of residence

Some IRCC processing times vary depending on a person’s country of residence. Applications are moved around the global network of visa offices to make processing as efficient as possible, so your application may not necessarily be processed at the visa office closest to you, but rather at the office best designed to process your application efficiently.

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 backlog will increase, and so will the processing time.

Completeness of your application

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.

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) take longer for validation
  • Under an interview conducted by the immigration authorities
  • The backlog of applications

Average processing time for different Canada PR programs

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

Express Entry Program

Express Entry Program 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 Nominee Program (PNP) without Express Entry, it takes 15 to 18 months to process. If you apply under an Express Entry linked PNP, it takes 10 to 12 months to process.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program

For skilled immigrants who want to immigrate to Quebec under Quebec Skilled Worker Program as permanent residents, the application processing time for QSWP is 14 to 16 months.

Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program is for immigrants who want to reside in the Atlantic region of Canada. The application processing time for AIP is 6 to 8 months.

Investor Visa

Investor Visa is for immigrants who start of acquire a new business in Canada. The application processing time varies depending upon the Investor Visa category.

  • Start-Up Visa: 24 to 37 months
  • Entrepreneur Program: 12 to 18 months
  • Self-Employed Persons Program: 48 to 56 months
  • PNP Business Programs: 16 to 18 months

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Note: Processing times are subject to change. Please contact an immigration consultant at Nationwide Visas or refer to the official IRCC website. 

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We at Nationwide Visas have assisted thousands of individuals to successfully immigrate to Canada with their families through the Federal Express Entry Program. Our qualified and experienced Immigration Experts are equipped with the proficiency to accurately assess your case and advise the most suitable course of action for best serving your needs. 

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