Effective July 31, 2018, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (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 they can expect their applications to take under normal circumstances if submitted today.
With this change in effect, IRCC will be able to better 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.
Previously, all permanent residence application processing times were only historical and showed how long it took to process 80% of applications in the past year. While these historical times are accurate for most applications that are currently being processed, it is anticipated that the new method for projecting processing times will provide more accurate estimates for clients.
The new projected processing times will apply to applications received on or after July 31, 2018 in these business lines:
- Sponsoring a family member
- Parents and Grandparents
- Economic Class
- Provincial Nominees (Non-Express Entry)
- Skilled Workers (Quebec)
- Start-Up Visa
- Humanitarian and compassionate cases
- It should be noted that 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.
- For some types of applications, such as Express Entry and Parents and Grandparents, a client who withdraws their application runs the risk of not receiving a subsequent invitation to apply or invitation to sponsor
Call +1 647 773 3673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a consultation for all your immigration needs and to learn more about how these changes would impact your application.