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


Visa Offices

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

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
Bucharest, Romania
Kiev, Ukraine
London, United Kingdom
Moscow, Russia
Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Warsaw, Poland

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