Processing Times: January – June 1998

CIC News
Published: September 1, 1998

The following information has been reproduced with the permission of Lexbase, a monthly immigration law journal, Editor-in-Chief, Richard Kurland, email: lexbase@interlink.net

The table indicates the time in months that is required to process 80% of all final cases in every overseas immigration processing post for the most recent quarter. Indication is also given of the number of cases that had been finalized by that post. The data source is the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, informal access request by Lexbase.
Overseas Mission / Skilled Workers / [Family Class/Spousal] / Business Class
Accra - RPC 30 / 15 / 17
Ankara 17 / 7 / 22
Beijing 31 / 11 / 23
Belgrade 28 / 9 / 12
Bogota 13 / 19 / 14
Bonn 22 / 11 / 21
Bucharest 13 / 5 / 8
Buffalo - APC 16 / 14 / 23
Cairo 18 / 7 / 24
Colombo 23 / 13 / 22
Damascus - RPC 16 / 13 / 18
Guatemala 9 / 9 / 10
Havana 13 / 13 / -
Hong Kong 15 / 14 / 22
Islamabad 32 / 12 / 37
Kingston 12 / 8 / 13
Kyiv 28 / 8 / 29
London - RPC 14 / 9 / 19
Los Angeles - / - / 25
Manila - RPC 18 / 10 / 22
Mexico 8 / 4 / 9
Moscow 17 / 7 / 18
Nairobi 19 / 22 / 32
New Delhi 22 / 9 / 22
New York - / - / 26
Paris - RPC 12 / 11 / 14
Port of Spain 14 / 13 / 22
Port au Prince 14 / 15 / -
Pretoria 19 / 10 / 21
Sao Paulo 9 / 8 / 8
Seattle - / - / 14
Seoul - / - / 24
Singapore - RPC 26 / 17 / 24
Sydney 15 / 9 / 35
Tel Aviv 25 / 7 / 18
Vienna 17 / 7 / 16
Warsaw 14 / 5 / 14


Questions and Answers

Q: What do these numbers mean?

Answer: The number tells you the number of months that were required to conclude 80% of cases in this category.

Q: Does that mean that my application will take this long if I submit it to one of the offices mentioned?

Answer: No. This information is historical and is not necessarily a predictor of future performance of these offices. This information is intended as a reference only. Prior to submitting applications to those offices that we are not familiar with on an ongoing basis, we contact such in order to determine current processing times

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