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IRCC: Average Processing Time for Express Entry Applications is 5 Months

July 2019, 04
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IRCC: Average Processing Time for Express Entry Applications is 5 Months
A new report on Canadian immigration has validated that the standard processing time for applications provided through the Federal Express Entry system in 2018 was about five months.

The report, published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (I.R.C.C) in July 2019, revealed that the standard processing time for Express Entry rose by a small number within 2017 and 2018:

Processing time in Months for Express Entry Applications

Express Entry Program

2015

2016

2017

2018

Canadian Experience Class

3

6

4

5

Federal Skilled Worker

5

6

4

6

Provincial/Territorial Nominees

4

5

6

6

Federal Skilled Trades

5

6

6

7

For all programs

4

6

5

5

When Express Entry was launched in the year 2015, the system was designed to allow quicker processing of immigration appeals. I.R.C.C. aimed to process 80% of all Federal Express Entry immigration applications in the timeline of six months or even less. The 2018 report shows that I.R.C.C. has reached this objective.

Express Entry continues the best immigration pathway to Canada with the quickest average processing times for applications of permanent residence. For instance, provincial nominees appealing through an Express Entry-associated stream have their applications of permanent residence processed in a standard timeline of 6 months. Meantime, provincial nominees appealing through regular streams which not associated with Express Entry have to wait a standard timeline of 15 to 19 months for their applications of permanent residence to be processed.

Understanding the Express Entry Application Timeline

Especially, the time it takes for I.R.C.C. to process a Canada PR application is only one part of the entire Federal Express Entry process. So, you need to expect that the whole process will be higher than the standard processing time noted above for the Canada PR application.

Usually, there are 4 important parts in the process of Express Entry immigration:

  • Step 1: Build your profile in Express Entry
  • Step 2: Obtain an Invitation to Apply shortly known as ITA
  • Step 3: Provide your electronic Application for PR
  • Step 4: Get your Approval of Permanent Residence to Canada

As well, recognize that these are standard processing times. In some instances, an appeal could be delayed while an immigration official performs a security check or demands additional details about medical conditions. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are situations where appeals are processed in a span of weeks.

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