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2024 January IRCC Processing Times Guide ~ Canada Immigration News January 2024

2024 January IRCC Processing Times Guide

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updated the processing times for several visa applications this year. As an applicant, knowing the time taken for processing your application could help set a realistic estimate. In this blog, we’ll be going through the latest IRCC processing times as of January 2024.


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Key Highlights of Processing Times

Permanent Residency and Citizenship

The processing times are calculated based on the data from the last 6 months. For instance, here are a few accurate estimates. Citizenship grants could take 15 months to process, while new PR card processing would take 16 days.

Family Sponsorship

According to the IRCC, Quebec and the other Canadian regions have disparities in application processing times for family sponsorships. Processing times would differ depending on your intention to live in Quebec or not. For example:

● Application outside of Canada for Spouse or Common law partner (intention to live outside Quebec) – 12 months

● Application outside of Canada for Spouse or Common law partner (intention to live in Quebec) – 39 months

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Economic Permanent Residency Applications

There are varied processing times for different programs.

● The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – 5 months
● Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) – 6 months
● Quebec Business Class program – 61 months
● Start-Up Visa – 37 months
● Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) – 6 months
● Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 8 months
● PNP via Non-Express Entry – 14months

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Temporary Visas

The processing times for Visitor Visas applied outside of Canada vary by country. Here are a few:

● India – 32 days
● United States – 30 days
● Nigeria – 121 days
● Pakistan – 65 days
● Phillipines – 16 days
Here are a few more processing time estimates:
● Study Permit (Outside Canada) – 8 weeks
● Study Permit ( Inside Canada) – 4 weeks (Online- 77 days)
● Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) – 5 minutes

We hope this information will benefit you when planning to submit an application to travel to Canada. So, make your plans accordingly.
We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Canadian immigration.


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