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Canadian Immigration Application Processing Times: FAQs

Are you planning to immigrate to Canada? If so, you may have questions about the application processing times. The Canadian government's immigration department provides estimated processing times for different types of applications, which can be helpful in planning your move. In this article, we'll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Canadian immigration application processing times.

1. What are processing times?

Processing times refer to the amount of time it takes for an immigration application to be processed. This includes the time it takes for the government to receive, review, and make a decision on the application.

2. How do I check processing times for my application?

You can check the processing times for your specific application on the Canadian government's website. On the "Check application processing times" page, select your application type and your country of residence. The website will then provide you with an estimated processing time for your application.

3. How accurate are the processing times?

The processing times on the Canadian government's website are updated regularly and are meant to provide applicants with an estimated timeline. However, the processing times are subject to change based on the volume of applications received, and individual circumstances may impact processing times. It's important to note that processing times are not a guarantee, but rather an estimate.

4. What factors can affect processing times?

Processing times can be affected by a number of factors, including the type of application, the volume of applications being processed, and the complexity of the case. Other factors that can impact processing times include security checks, medical exams, and whether additional documentation is required.

5. Can I expedite my application processing time?

In some cases, it may be possible to expedite your application processing time. However, this is not always an option and depends on the type of application you have submitted. If you have an urgent or compelling reason for expediting your application, you may be able to request a faster processing time. You should contact the Canadian government's immigration department for more information on expediting your application.

6. Can I submit my application before the estimated processing time?

Yes, you can submit your application before the estimated processing time. It's recommended to apply as early as possible to avoid delays and ensure you have enough time to gather all the required documentation. However, submitting your application early does not guarantee a faster processing time.

7. Can I track the status of my application?

Yes, you can track the status of your application online using the Canadian government's online portal, called "My Immigration Account". Once you have submitted your application, you will receive login information to access the portal and track the progress of your application.

8. How can I ensure my application is processed as quickly as possible?

To ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible, make sure you submit a complete application with all required documentation. Here are the six most important things to watch out for when lodging an application. Double-check that all forms are filled out correctly and that you have paid all necessary fees. If additional documentation is required, make sure to provide it as soon as possible to avoid delays.


While processing times can vary based on a number of factors, the Canadian government's website provides applicants with estimated processing times to help them plan their move. For more information on Canadian immigration and to receive guidance on the application process, visit

If you need assistance with your immigration application, we at Immigration Station Canada can help. Contact us today to book an appointment and start your journey to becoming a Canadian resident.

Immigration Station Canada will work with you and guide you through the best process to achieve your goals, wherever they lead!


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