March 15, 2016

Processing Time

Visa application processing time varies depending on what program you are applying for and which Visa Office is responsible in processing your application.  Official processing time is available at Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Processing Time

But to give you an idea, here's the processing times for the most common immigration programs:

Processing Time
Temporary Resident Visa - Visit
15 working days
Temporary Resident Visa - Work
3-4 months
Temporary Resident Visa - Study
2-3 months
Express Entry System
6 months or less
Provincial Nominee Program
6-12 months
Quebec Skilled Worker Program
6-12 months
Spousal Sponsorship
12-18 months

These are based on our experience. For a more complete and updated processing times, please click here.

For Express Entry System and Provincial Nominee Programs, visa processing time starts upon submission of application to Centralized Intake Office. That is once you already received the Invitation to Apply (Express Entry System) or Nomination Certificate for Provincial Nominee Program.

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If you want to hire a representative for your Canada Visa Application, please be informed that only Registered Immigration Consultants and Lawyers who are member and with good standing with Canadian Law Society, can represent you for a fee.