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How Long time does it take for Canadian PR Visa under the Express Entry Program 2020?

Press Release: May 22, 2020

There are more than 70 programs through which the candidate can file for the Permanent Residency(PR) status of Canada. The candidate can, however, apply through one of the most popular programs and get selected in one of the categories for Eligibility for Permanent Residency(PR) status. The three most popular programs are – Express Entry program, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and Quebec Skilled Workers Program(QSWP). Recently two more programs have been introduced by the Canadian government, and their response has been highly laudable – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) and Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

But it is contested that the most popular and fastest way of getting a Permanent Residency(PR) status out of these three programs is the Express Entry Program.  Through the Express Entry Program, the skilled candidate can immigrate to Canada with the Permanent Residency(PR) status in Six months or even less than six months in certain cases.

How to meet the eligibility criteria for the Express Entry system?

The Express Entry system is a point-based evaluation system for the candidates’ immigration to Canada. There are three subcategories for selection in this system and getting through one of them is important –

  • Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Traders Program(FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class(CEC)

Federal Skilled Traders Program (FSTP) requires no education from the candidates is an eligible category for skill trades work. The Canadian Experience Class(CEC) is for the candidates who are living in Canada on a work permit and would like to change their status to Permanent residency for better options.  For skilled workers who are looking to migrate to Canada, the best model is the FSWP model. The candidates who wish to relocate to Canada through the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) can qualify by meeting the requirement of 67 points out of 100. To understand how the point system in the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) works you can look at the following demarcation-

  • Age – maximum of 12
  • Language Proficiency – maximum of 28
  • Education – maximum of 25
  • Work experience – maximum of 15
  • Adaptability – 10 points


What is the alternative for the candidates who cannot meet the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score?

 The best alternative for those candidates who couldn’t meet the Eligibility Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) cut off of the Express Entry Program is the Provincial Nominee Program(PNP) and Quebec Skilled Workers Program(QSWP). There are benefits of applying through this system as well.

Here are a few benefits of getting selected through the provincial nomination program -

  • The applicants can have safer processing through certain provinces
  • The language requirement is low as compared to the federal language requirement for selection
  • You can apply for an area where your occupation is in-demand as per the national occupational classification (NOC) list
  • The applicants who get selected for the provincial nomination are eligible for 600 bonus points in the Federal express entry system.
  • Few provinces do not ask for a job offer from a Canadian employer for immigration.

How long is the processing time under the Express Entry Program?

The processing time of the application, however, depends on the program through which the candidate has applied and the candidature. Still, if the candidate is using through the express entry program, then the processing of the application will generally take six months or even less if the paperwork and other formalities are good enough. The candidates should remember that the processing time doesn’t include the time it takes to submit an application or the time that it takes to receive an ITA, prepare the documents, etc. Please note that a new Permanent Residency (PR) card of Canada can take up to 60 days to process, but renewing or replacing an old Permanent Residency(PR) card can at a time take up to 70 days as well.

What are the factors that generally affect the processing time of the application?

 While largely it depends on the application credentials and the program of application by the candidate for the Permanent Residency (PR) status of Canada. A candidate should remember that nobody can guarantee or estimate the exact time taken for immigration of the application.

However, the processing of the application can also be affected as per the following -

  • The Homeland of the Candidate - The applications of visa, whether temporary or permanent, are processed with the nearest visa offices and the office that has the best facilities to process your application. However, the online model of 2015 has made this process much simpler than before.
  • Hard copy or Soft copy submitted – Sometimes, the processing time of the Permanent Residency (PR) status of Canada also depends on whether the application got submitted on papers or it was submitted through the online model.
  • The application Type - It depends on the program through which you have applied.  The Permanent Residency (PR) status of the Canada Express Entry program is the fastest way to apply. Also, there can be a delay with the processing if there are more than the expected number of applications resubmitted in a program.
  • Nature of the application – If your application is incomplete or wrong, then it can also cause rejection of the application and reapplying etc. can make the process longer. Hence, the candidate should always file for the Permanent Residency (PR) status of Canada with the help of a good and reputable immigration service only.


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