Processing Time - Express Entry 2022

Updated on:
May 16, 2022
Processing Time - Express Entry 2022

How long does the Express Entry process take to get your PR? 

One of the most popular ways to immigrate to Canada is through Express Entry. Express Entry is a process for skilled immigrants who wish to settle permanently in Canada.

There is no set time for the Express Entry draw, but previous draws have occurred almost every two weeks. Due to COVID-19, IRCC is unable to process most applications normally and give accurate estimates of processing time. There may be a change in prioritization from time to time. Some applications are being prioritized by IRCC, including Canadians trying to return to Canada, vulnerable people, and people who perform or support essential services.

Express Entry Processing time: 7-27 months 

The Express Entry Program includes the following streams: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Learn more about what Express Entry is.

Since the pandemic, Express Entry processing times have increased. Here is a chart portraying the change. 

Express Entry processing time - updated on Mar 31, 2022

Express Entry is under economic immigration. See the latest Express Entry processing time by using the CIC tool. You can then select the appropriate class for Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Provincial Nominees to check the processing time.

Application processing time tool

Processing times vs service standards 

Processing time: The time it took to process most complete applications in the past. It is typically updated every week. 

Service standards: A commitment made by IRCC to process applications within a certain period of time under normal circumstances. There are no regular updates, and some programs don't have service standards. IRCC publishes annual reports regarding actual processing times in comparison with service standards. 

How is the processing time calculated? 

What can affect your Express Entry processing time?

  1. Type of Express Entry stream 
  2. How complete your application is 
  3. How accurate the information is on your application
  4. The country and region you are from
  5. How easy can the officer verify your information 
  6. How long does it take for you to respond to additional requests 
  7. How does IRCC prioritize its backlog and programs 

The processing times in the past were measured based on how long it took to process 80% of applications. For some permanent residents who haven't applied yet, processing times are projected based on how many applications we expect to process once 80% are processed.

How early should I prepare for my Express Entry application?

If you are eligible for Express Entry, you should create an Express Entry profile as soon as possible. In 2021, Canada suddenly invited 27,332 CEC candidates with a minimum CRS score of 75 to apply for Permanent Residency! In contrast, the average minimum score for Express Entry CEC for 2021 was 387. See the latest Express Entry draw and analysis.

Best time to start Express Entry

One year before your current study permit or work permit expires 

  • Understand how to become eligible 

One month before you become eligible

  • Make sure you understand the questions and implications asked in your Express Entry profile

When you are eligible

  • Submit an Express Entry profile as soon as possible 

After creating an Express Entry profile

  • Find ways to increase CRS scores if your score is not competitive enough. 

Express Entry application timeline and processing time breakdown 

A valid status is a prerequisite to applying to Express Entry. To understand the processing time for Express Entry, let's look at the Express Entry breakdown in 7 steps. 

7 Simple steps of Express Entry 

Step 1: Check Eligibility 

For one of the programs under Express Entry:

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

Step 2: Create Your Express Entry Profile

Creating an Express Entry profile with IRCC is 100% free. Once created, you'll automatically enter the Express Entry pool.

CRS scores are used to rank candidates in the Express Entry pool. Calculate your CRS score using our free CRS calculator. The Express Entry CRS score analysis can help you determine whether your CRS score is competitive enough. If your CRS score isn't competitive enough, here are 7 ways to improve your CRS score.  

Step 3: Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR

You'll have 60 days after receiving an ITA to submit your PR application. We recommend starting preparing documentation as soon as possible.

Step 4: Prepare your documents

Example of documents

  • Education Credential
  • Language Proficiency Exams
  • Proof of Work
  • Proof of Funds
  • Job Offer
  • Medical Exam
  • Police Certificate

If you are not sure if you provide correct and sufficient supporting documents, ImmiSearch's service gets you a licensed immigration consultant and reviews your application three separate times to reduce the chances of errors. 

Step 5: Submit Your Complete PR Application

Triple check that your application is complete!

Step 6: Processing Time + IRCC Additional Requests

IRCC will ask for additional documents and provide further instructions if needed

Step 7: Receive Permanent Residency Approval

Congratulations on your permanent residency approval!

Frequently asked questions about Express Entry Processing Time

How often is processing time updated? 

The IRCC states that they are experiencing delays in receiving applications and cannot process applications normally. This cannot guarantee the Express Entry processing time is accurate. 

Am I eligible for Express Entry? 

You can use ImmiSearch's Express Entry assessment tool to check your eligibility and calculate your CRS score. 

What can I do if my application passes the usual processing time?

You can check the application status on the CIC website. If you wish to have a detailed note from the officer, you can submit an ATIP request. The request is helpful to check the status of your application, the reason for delays and application rejection.

Processing Time - Express Entry 2022
Eva Li
CPO & co-founder of ImmiSearch
May 16, 2022