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A more accurate method to calculate processing times for permanent residence applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now using an improved method to calculate processing times for some new permanent residence applications. 

The processing times are now projected and indicate how long most applications are expected to take, based on several factors, including the number of current applications waiting to be processed and the volume of admissions allowed each year, under the multi-year immigration levels plan.

Before July 31, 2018, all IRCC processing times were only historical and showed how long it took for 80 per cent of applications to be processed in the past year. While this method may be accurate for applications already being processed, it may not be accurate for applications received after July 31, 2018. 

IRCC has made significant progress in reducing processing times and backlogs across permanent resident categories, while also meeting the increasing demand for visitor visas, work permits and study permits. Going forward, IRCC expects wait times to decrease for many types of permanent residence applications.

A more accurate estimate makes it easier for applicants to plan dates for their move to Canada if their application is approved. IRCC is now using projected processing times for certain permanent residence applications, as of July 31, 2018. 

Posted: Nov 2, 2018

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