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Monday, March 29, 2010

Skilled immigrants: 7 years for processing

The Star reported today that applicants in the Skilled Worker class have swollen to near 600,000 with 327,843 skilled immigrant applications for the 38 approved occupations since March of 2008 and Immigration Canada's latest data states the average processing time from all visa posts is 7 1/2 years.

CIC continues to work out the pre-2008 backlog and have not added enough staff to cope with applications in skilled worker and other classes.

""More applications mean a longer backlog," (Immigration Canada's international director general Renald Gilbert) said, adding over the last four years the federal government more than doubled resources to process temporary foreign worker permits, but increased resources at visa posts abroad by only 7 per cent. Part of the problem is the mismatch between the number of applications and government targets allotted to individual visa posts, said Phil Mooney, president of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

For example, the number of skilled immigrants waiting for visas in Islamabad, Pakistan, is 40,587 but the total number of visas to be granted there in 2010 is only 1,350, according to Kurland's analysis."

Read the article here.

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