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Time Estimates: Immigration and Processing Times

time estimates: Canada's immigration department has changed the way it handles estimates for immigration applications in an attempt to provide a more accurate timeframe, according to Toronto Star. RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO Improving the service experience of IRCC Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada clients has been a significant point of focus for my department in recent years, said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. Instead of using time estimates from applications processed in the recent past, officials will now project processing times based on existing backlogs and annual admission targets. This update is an important one to ensure our immigration processing times are as accurate as possible. While historical processing times can be accurate for applications already in progress, they are a lagging indicator and are not always representative of the expected processing times for most new applications received today, said department spokesperson Beatrice Fenelon. According to the department, until August, all processing times posted of its website were historical and showed how long it took for 80 per cent of the applications in a particular immigration stream to be dealt with in the previous year. ( As reported in the news.