Processing times for federal skilled worker applications

If you applied as a Federal Skilled Worker before February 27, 2008, changes to the law may affect your application.

The tables below indicate application processing times at Canadian visa offices. The times are based on how long it took to process 80 percent of all cases between  January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Processing times are subject to change and are based on a complete application package.

Last quarterly update: March 10, 2014

Africa and Middle East
Visa Office Processing Times IN MONTHS
for applications received
BEFORE February 27, 2008 BETWEEN February 27, 2008 and June 25, 2010 On or after June 26, 2010
Accra – Ghana 97 41 31
Amman – Jordan
Ankara – Turkey 97 52 30
Beirut – Lebanon
Cairo – Egypt 46 22
Dakar – Senegal 74 48 31
Nairobi – Kenya 97 45 23
Pretoria – South Africa 44 16
Rabat – Morocco 3
Tel Aviv – Israel 18

Asia and Pacific
Visa Office Processing Times IN MONTHS
for applications received
BEFORE February 27, 2008 BETWEEN February 27, 2008 and June 25, 2010 On or after June 26, 2010
Beijing – China 74

41

21
Colombo – Sri Lanka 97

12
Hong Kong – China 81

41

8
Islamabad – Pakistan 97

Manila – Philippines 97

37

20
New Delhi – India 97

42

22
Singapore – Singapore 97

40

28
Sydney – Australia

40

25

Europe
Visa Office Processing Times IN MONTHS
for applications received
BEFORE February 27, 2008 BETWEEN February 27, 2008 and June 25, 2010 On or after June 26, 2010
Bucharest – Romania

13
Kyiv – Ukraine

21
London – United Kingdom 90

47

27
Moscow – Russia

41

30
Paris – France 76

42

10
Rome – Italy

13
Vienna – Austria 75

59

15
Warsaw – Poland 90

50

22

Americas
Visa Office Processing Times IN MONTHS
for applications received
BEFORE February 27, 2008 BETWEEN February 27, 2008 and June 25, 2010 On or after June 26, 2010
Bogota - Colombia 85 45 22
Buenos Aires - Argentina
Guatemala City – Guatemala
Havana – Cuba
Kingston – Jamaica 97 57
Lima – Peru
Los Angeles – United States 43 33
Mexico City – Mexico 97 55 33
New York – United States 40 34
Ottawa (Case Processing Centre) - Canada 72 42 25
Port-au-Prince – Haiti
Port of Spain – Trinidad and Tobago 93 46 32
Santiago – Chile
Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic
Sao Paulo – Brazil 45 16

Notes

  • You can view your application status online.
  • 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.
  • (-) indicates that not enough data are available. Processing times are shown only where an office has finalized 10 or more cases in the past 12 months.

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