Processing times: Permanent Residence — Economic classes

If you applied before January 1, 2015:

Your application will be processed under the rules in place at the time you applied.

Find out how long it will take for CIC to  process your application.

If you applied on or after January 1, 2015:

Our goal is to process most complete applications received under Express Entry in six months or less.

We currently only have processing times for people who applied under the old system.

Processing times tell you how long it took Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to process applications in the past. Since Express Entry is a new system and not enough applications have been received yet, processing times are not available but we have committed to process applications in six months or less.

This information is updated quarterly and shows the time it takes to process an application after we receive a complete application package based on 80 percent of all cases finalized between July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Processing times are subject to change.

Type of application Federal
(Other Than Quebec)
Skilled Workers View by visa office View by visa office
Provincial Nominees View by visa office Not applicable
Investor View by visa office View by visa office
Entrepreneur View by visa office View by visa office
Start-up visa Not available Not applicable
Self-Employed Persons View by visa office View by visa office
Canadian Experience Class 14 months Not applicable
Live-in Caregivers 47 months Not applicable

Note: If it has been longer than the time shown above since you applied and your visa office has not contacted you, you may wish to contact the visa office that is processing your application. The Call Centre does not have information about applications processed outside Canada.

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