Federal Skilled Worker 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 Federal Skilled Worker Class.
Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) 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. Since January, 2015, FSWC applications have been managed through the Express Entry immigration selection system.
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 Federal Skilled Worker 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.
Federal Skilled Worker Processing Times
|Time/Period when application was submitted||Application processing time|
|On or after January 1, 2015||6 months|
|Between June 26, 2010 and December 31, 2014||18 months|
|Between February 27, 2008 and June 25, 2010||76 months|
|Before February 27, 2008||135 months|
The following is a list of visa offices where Federal Skilled Worker Class applications may be processed.
|Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Los Angeles, United States|
|Mexico City, Mexico|
|New York City, United States|
|Ottawa (Case Processing Center), Canada|
|Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Africa and the Middle East|
|Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Pretoria, South Africa|
|Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Asia and Pacific|
|Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Hong Kong, China|
|New Delhi, India|
|London, United Kingdom|