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Canadian government introduces New System for Processing Time of certain Immigration Applications

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 16, Aug 2018

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The Canada Immigration applications received on or after July 31st this year will have new system in place for estimation of application processing time. This is applicable to the Canada immigration application received through some key Canada immigration programs. The new system will provide the accurate idea of the processing time based on time the applications actually going to take, instead of estimating the same based on historical data.

New System for Processing Time

The IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) vide a press release on August 9, 2018, issued a statement that it will now have new system for estimation of processing time of certain Canada immigration applications. This new system will provide the projected processing time for the applications under following immigration programs, i.e.

  • Provincial Nominee (Non-Express Entry)
  • Quebec Skilled Workers
  • Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents
  • Start-Up Visa
  • Humanitarian and Compassionate cases

The projected processing time of the applications received under above programs will be published on monthly basis. The applicants will be able to check the expected time, which is going to take for processing of these applications (under ideal scenario).

Also read- How to know my Canada immigration application status online?

As per the statement from the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, "Improving the service experience of IRCC clients has been a significant point of focus for my department in recent years. This update is an important one to ensure our immigration processing times are as accurate as possible and to help clients better prepare to move to Canada if their application is approved".

IRCC has been making efforts to enhance the application processing

In last few years, IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has taken various steps to reduce the processing times of Canada PR applications received under various immigration programs.

What is the difference between historical processing time and new projected processing time?

Under the earlier system of application processing estimation, the IRCC used to forecast the processing time of in hand applications, based on the historical data showing how much time IRCC took to process the 80 percent of applications last year.

However, now, with new system the IRCC will measure the projected processing time, by estimating as to how quickly it can complete the 80 percent of the pending applications. This processing time starts when the applicant submit the application to IRCC and ends, when any decision is made on that particular application of the applicant. With this new application processing time estimation system, IRCC is claims to make the application processing faster and smoother.

However, the processing time cannot be standardised or cannot be same for all, as it depends on various factors linked to an application, i.e.

  • Whether the application is complete and correctly filled
  • The category of application submitted
  • How early IRCC expects to process applications already in the system
  • how easily IRCC can verify the information of an applicant
  • How long applicants take to respond to any requests or concerns and other factors.

Get inclusive assistance from qualified immigration expert for faster processing

If you wish to apply Canada PR in the year 2018, you must get in touch with a certified Canada migration expert, to confirm the latest process guidelines and prepare your application accordingly in the supervision of the expert.

You may call certified Canadian immigration expert at Visas Avenue Immigration on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, e-mail your queries to Visas Avenue e-mail id-


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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