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.
Following are the major factors that affect your application processing time:
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 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:
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.