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. The processing times for the Canadian Experience Class and Live-in Caregiver Class are based on how long it took to process 80 percent of all cases between April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. 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|
|Quebec Investor||Not applicable||View by visa office|
|Quebec Entrepreneur||Not applicable||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||13 months||Not applicable|
|Live-in Caregivers||39 months||Not applicable|
|Caring for Children Pathway||Not available||Not applicable|
|Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway||Not available||Not applicable|
|Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot program||Not available||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 by e-mail, letter or fax. The Call Centre does not have information about applications processed outside Canada.
- If I apply today, do the processing times show how long it will take to process my application?
- Why are there differences in processing times among regions and offices?
- What happens after I send in my application?
- How can I check if my application has been received?
- How can I check the status of my application?
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