In 2024, how long will it take to obtain permanent residency in Canada?

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In 2024, how long will it take to obtain permanent residency in Canada?

When applying for permanent residence (PR) in Canada, foreign people frequently consider the quickest route to their destination and the opportunity to begin a new life.

Fundamentally speaking, there are four main categories of immigration to Canada: economic, family-sponsored, compassionate, and humanitarian/refugee/protected person.

But Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offers foreign nationals over a hundred options to immigrate to Canada under those four broad divisions.

Whichever Canadian PR scheme a foreign national chooses, they will all take into account how quickly they can arrive and establish themselves in Canada via the route of their choice.

To give prospective applicants an indication of how long the application processing procedure will take, IRCC publishes its service standards.

What is meant by standards of service?

The service standards vary depending on the type of application the candidate has submitted, and they specify the amount of time (typically stated in weeks or months) that the IRCC has deemed suitable for making a decision on an application.

Note: As per the IRCC, the department aims to process eighty percent of applications within service standards across all business lines. Applications with complete information and supporting paperwork are the only ones for which service standards are applicable.

These are the service requirements that the IRCC offers for the many government-offered permanent resident pathways.

Economic-class immigration *The IRCC emphasizes that when an asterisk appears next to a service standard, it only refers to the federal government and leaves out the processing time for the province or territory.


sponsorship in the family class

The department has said that this service standard is applicable to applications for Family Class Priority, including those submitted by or on behalf of common-law partners, conjugal partners, overseas spouses, and dependent children of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

For electronic applications, the IRCC service standard is 12 months.

Cards for Permanent Residency
The IRCC uses Permanent Resident cards to confirm a foreign national’s status as a PR. For Canadian permanent residents entering Canada, this card—which has the cardholder’s photo on it—serves as both a travel document and a means of identification.

The initial permanent resident card for a PR is issued by IRCC after 60 days of confirmation from an IRCC inland office or at a port of entry that the PR form has been completed.

The IRCC’s 2022/2023 service standards performance

As per the IRCC statistics, the department’s performance in processing the number of applications within the specified service standard in 2022–2023 varied depending on the location. The performance described below, according to the IRCC, pertains to the fiscal year that ends on April 1, 2022, and ends on March 31, 2023.

Eighty percent of applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program’s Express Entry were handled within the service standard.

The Canadian Experience with Express Entry Class: The service criteria was met in the processing of 85% of applications.

Express Entry – Federal Skilled Trades Program: In 2022 and 2023, the IRCC did not receive any applications through this program.

Programs for Provincial Nominees: 71% of electronic applications were processed in accordance with the service standard, compared to 23% of paper applications.


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