The Star reported on the 21st that immigration officials have completely stopped the intake of new applications while it awaits a decision from Her Supreme Highness, the Seer of the Economy, the Balancer of Diversity, the Determiner of Righteous Reunification, Les Grande Protector De Refuge, otherwise known as Immigration Minister Diane Finley.
What the Honorable Ms. Finley must decide is which category of applicants will be processed and which will have their applications returned, unopened. This isn't an immediate process. Once she does decide, the CIC will have 6-months to notify the impacted individuals.
They will get their application fees back, but significant legal fees (averaging $5,000CAD for a basic application) are non-refundable.
And what about the backlog? While we await a decision from the Minister, it is expected to grow by another 90,000 applicants.
Read the Star story here.
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