Ottawa, August 9, 2018
At Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), we know that applying to immigrate to Canada is a life-changing event, and we understand how frustrating it could be when applications take longer than expected. That’s why we have made changes to improve the experience for some permanent resident clients.
Now, clients will have a more accurate idea of how long processing of their immigration application may take for certain business lines.
On July 31, 2018, IRCC began using an improved method to estimate processing times for some new permanent residence applications. The processing times are projected and tell applicants how long we expect most applications to take under normal circumstances if submitted today. With this change in effect, we will be able to estimate how long some new permanent residence applications will take based on several factors, including the number of current applications waiting to be processed and the volume of admissions allowed each year under the multi-year immigration levels plan.
NOTE: For clients who have already applied, withdrawing an application and re-applying will not result in faster processing times:
Any application processing already complete would become null and void and clients would have to submit a new application.