Express Entry – Check your application status

Check your application status online

You have 90 days after you’ve been invited to apply to submit your application for permanent residence.

Once you have submitted your application, you can check its status in your account.

On the “Application status and messages” page, you’re able to see

If you need to make updates to your account, we’ll send you an email. Make sure you complete the requested updates as soon as possible, or the processing of your application could be delayed.

Processing times

We process most Express Entry applications within 6 months or less of getting your complete application.

Processing time ?

6 months

Due to COVID-19

  • we can’t provide accurate processing times
    • The 6-month processing time is how long it usually took us to process a complete application before COVID-19.
    • Check your application status for more information.

You may need to give your biometrics with your application. This processing time includes the time you need to give your biometrics.

Causes of processing delays

Due to COVID-19, expect processing delays.

Where we’re at with processing

  • Canadian Experience Class
    • We’re working at full capacity to process applications.
    • We have started processing applications received the week of August 12, 2020.
  • Other Express Entry applications
    • We have limited capacity to process applications.
    • We’ll update this when timelines become available.

Your application will be delayed if

  • we need to verify information
  • there are criminal or security problems
  • we need to do more background checks
  • your family situation isn't clear, for example,
    • a divorce or an adoption that isn't yet complete
    • child custody issues that haven't been resolved
  • you need to submit more documents or have an interview with us

Keep your information up to date

Avoid delays by updating your information. You can use the IRCC web form if you need to report important changes about your application, such as

  • changes of mailing or email address, telephone number or other contact information
  • births or deaths in your family
  • marriages
  • divorces
  • adoptions
  • changes to your job or job offer
  • new educational credentials
  • updated language test results
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