Application processing time for Canada immigration becoming fast

The immigration department of Canada, CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada), has made this possible through a series of changes in the past couple of years.

Earlier, it normally used to take many years in getting your Canada visa. However, the efforts by the CIC have significantly brought down the waiting times for immigration application processing.

Let’s see the average processing time for Canada immigration applications after the changes by the CIC on 27th February 2008---

A.)    Processing time for Canada immigration applications submitted in Canada----(PAPER APPLICATION)

Type of application                                   Processing Times      

Canada visitor visa                                           115 days
Canada Work Permit (Same employer)            94 days
Canada Work Permit (new employer)               31 days
Canada Study Permit                                          58 days
Canada Off-Campus Work Permit                     31 days
Protected Person Status Document                 16 days

B.)    Processing time for Canada immigration applications submitted in Canada----(ONLINE  APPLICATION)

Type of application                                   Processing Times      

Canada visitor visa                                           48 days
Canada Work Permit (Same employer)           48 days
Canada Work Permit (new employer)              48 days
Canada Study Permit                                         48 days
Canada Off-Campus Work Permit                    20 days
Protected Person Status Document                 Not applicable 

C.)   Application processing times ---Permanent Residence (Economic Classes)--:


a.)Processing times for Federal Skilled Worker applications (processed outside Canada)—ASIA and PACIFIC---
Visa Office                                                  Processing times in months for Applications received 
                                                                         Before 27th Feb 2008               Between 28th Nov 2008-25th June 2010
Beijing (China)                                                                 42                                                  9
Hong Kong (China)                                                          51                                                 13
Islamabad (Pakistan)                                                    77                                                 11
New Delhi(India)                                                              79                                                 10
Colombo(Sri Lanka)                                                         57                                                 11
Kuala Lumpur(Malaysia)                                                44                                                  10
Manila (Philippines)                                                          70                                                  11

b.)Processing times for Provincial Nominee applications (processed outside Canada)—ASIA and PACIFIC---

Visa Office                                                            Processing times in months 
Beijing (China)                                                                    11
Hong Kong (China)                                                             21  
Islamabad (Pakistan)                                                       23
New Delhi(India)                                                                 6
Colombo(Sri Lanka)                                                           25
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)                                                   -
Manila (Philippines)                                                             11

c.)Processing times for Investor class (processed outside Canada)—ASIA and PACIFIC---

Visa Office                                                              Processing times in months 
Beijing (China)                                                                      38
Hong Kong (China)                                                               37  
Islamabad (Pakistan)                                                         43
New Delhi(India)                                                                   28
Colombo(Sri Lanka)                                                                -
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)                                                      -
Manila (Philippines)                                                              44

The application processing time for the economic class from Europe was around 44 months for applications received in the UK prior to changes introduced in 27th February 2008. However, applications received after this period took an average of 13 months. The average processing time for applications received in Germany (Berlin) is 12 months now as compared to the time of 42 months before the introduction of changes.

And the processing time for Canada immigration applications received in China reduced from 42 months prior to the changes by the CIC to barely 9 months. Processing time for applications received in Manila (the Philippines) has been reduced from 70 months before 27th February 2008 to 11 months after the changes.

The average processing time for Canada immigration applications received in Cairo(Egypt) has come down from 63 months to 19 months, and that of applications received in Buffalo(US) has become just 17 months from the earlier time of 41 months.

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