Family Class application processing times are based on the latest information available from Canadian immigration authorities.
Note: Please use our new Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get up-to-date information on processing times under the Family Class.
In order to be eligible for this Family Class immigration program, both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the 'sponsor') and their dependent child (the 'sponsored person') must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa. To receive a visa through this program, the sponsor and the sponsored person will be required to prove their relationship to one another.
Processing Times Tool
The government of Canada recently changed how immigration processing times are published. Use our Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get the latest information on Family Class processing times.
Changes for 2016
The way in which Canadian immigration processing times are published by the government of Canada changed as of January, 2016. Processing times are not currently published per visa office; rather, they are published depending on when the application was submitted.
The following is a list of visa offices where Family Class applications may be processed.