The time frames involved in applications for Canadian work permits vary depending on a number of factors, with an average delay of approximately two weeks. Applicants who are eligible for processing of an application at a Canadian port of entry may be able to conclude an application within a single day, however. Similarly, an applicant who must seek HRSDC Confirmation, and apply via a Canadian visa office while subject to a requirement of medical examinations may require several months to conclude a case. Examination of the individual circumstances would typically be required to make an accruate estime of anticipated delays.
The primary factors which affect the processing delays incurred during the application procedure include:
- the nationality of the applicant, which affects eligibility for international treaties, eligible visa office jurisdiction, and eligibility for processing at a Canadian port of entry;
- the country of residence of the applicant, which affects eligible visa office jurisdiction, and the requirement for medical examinations;
- the nature of the job offer, which affects eligibility for HRSDC Confirmation or exemption;
- the nature of the applicant's qualifications, which also affects eligibility for HRSDC Confirmation or exemption.
Other factors can influence the delays associated with a case, including the clarity of the application at the time of submission, the choice of venue for the processing of the application, and the means of submission of the application itself.