Federal Skilled Worker Class application processing times are based on the latest information available from Canadian immigration authorities.

Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications are assessed based on an applicant's ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada.

As such, candidates are assessed on a combination of factors, including age, level of education, language ability, work experience, whether or not they have a job offer, and adaptability factors. FSW applications are managed through the Express Entry immigration selection system.

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The Government of Canada recently changed how immigration processing times are published. Use our Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get the latest information.

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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.

Federal Skilled Worker Processing Times

Time/Period when application was submitted Application processing time
On or after January 1, 2015 6 months
Before December 31, 2014 44 months

Visa Offices

The following is a list of visa offices where Federal Skilled Worker Class applications may be processed.

Americas
Bogota, Colombia
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Havana, Cuba
Kingston, Jamaica
Lima, Peru
Los Angeles, United States
Mexico City, Mexico
New York City, United States
Ottawa (Case Processing Center), Canada
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Santiago, Chile
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Africa and the Middle East
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Accra, Ghana
Amman, Jordan
Ankara, Turkey
Beirut, Lebanon
Cairo, Egypt
Dakar, Senegal
Nairobi, Kenya
Pretoria, South Africa
Rabat, Morocco
Tel Aviv, Israel
Asia and Pacific
Beijing, China
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hong Kong, China
Islamabad, Pakistan
Manila, Philippines
New Delhi, India
Singapore, Singapore
Sydney, Australia
Europe
Bucharest, Romania
Kiev, Ukraine
London, United Kingdom
Moscow, Russia
Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Warsaw, Poland

Latest News

  • BC PNP draw invites more skilled workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

    The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 427 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to candidates in the Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration streams in a draw that took place on September 19. 

  • IRCC invites Express Entry candidates at CRS 441 in the latest federal draw

    The Government of Canada invited 3,500 Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 441 to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held September 19.