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Processing Times

  • The times listed below are not a guarantee of how long it will take to process your particular application. These times are to serve as an approximate guide only.
  • Processing times begin on the day our office receives a complete application and end on the day the final decision (i.e. approval/refusal) leaves our office.
  • “Working days” are days when the Visa Office is open for business. Weekends and statutory holidays are not “working days,” therefore do not count them when calculating processing times. Please note that visa office holiday closures may differ from local holidays.
  • This visa office will not respond to case status enquiries within the processing times above.
  • Please note that temporary resident visa, study or work permit applicants who do not include a legible 2D barcode page as part of their application should expect longer processing times (for more information, please see 2D barcode page).

Permanent Residence (Immigration) Applications:

For detailed information on processing times for permanent residence applications at Canadian visa offices, please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.

Temporary Residence Applications:

  • Temporary resident visa (visitor visa): 40 working days*
    You are strongly encouraged to present your applications at least 8 weeks before your date of departure.
  • Study permit : 8 weeks *
  • Temporary work permit: 16 weeks *
  • Travel document for permanent resident returning to Canada: a minimum of 12 weeks

* These are approximate processing times only. Some applications take longer to process for various reasons. For example, the following factors could delay the processing of your application:

  • applications which do not include a legible 2D barcode;
  • incomplete applications;
  • medical exam required;
  • background or security checks required;
  • criminal record;
  • interview required;
  • verification of documents needed; or
  • other factors that complicate your case.

Barcode page

Completing the temporary resident visa, study and work permit forms electronically (typing the information) is easier and reduces the risk of errors that can slow down the application process.

Once the application is completed electronically, click on the “Validate” button located at the top or bottom of the form and print your application form. This will generate a barcode* page (page 5 of 5). When submitting your application, to ensure your encoded data is captured, you must include the last page (page 5 of 5) which contains your unique barcodes.

*See image below:

 Barcode example

Note : This barcode page will not appear if you fill out your application by hand.

Learn more about the temporary visa application, study or work permit forms.

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Date Modified:
2012-01-31