Not all visa processing delays are caused by a lack of officers or over-bureaucratic requirements.  Sometimes the decisions themselves can go missing, or, as apparently was the case in 2014, be stolen at gunpoint. Wow.

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Express Entry

On January 1 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) is expected to overhaul its economic immigration programs with the launch of Express Entry.  On December 1, 2014, the Government of Canada released detailed Ministerial Instructions regarding Express Entry.  In this post I hope to provide an easy to read overview of the new program. Express Entry will significantly alter every economic immigration program, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (“FSWP“), the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC“), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (“FSTP“), and the Provincial Nominee Program (“PNP“). Rather than first in, first […]

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On November 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). The CEC is a very popular program for immigrating to Canada.  Subject to narrow exceptions, individuals qualify for the CEC if: they plan to live outside of Quebec; they have at least 12 months of full-time skilled work experience in Canada during the three-year period before they apply; they gained their skilled work experience in Canada with the proper authorization; they were not self employed when they gained their skilled work experience; and […]

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As the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (“PAFSO”) strike enters its fifth month, the Public Service Labour Relations Board (“PSLRB”) has ruled that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) is bargaining with PAFSO in bad faith.  The PSLRB decision can be found here. CIC has filed a judicial review application of the PSLRB decision. There appears to be no end in sight to the PAFSO strike.  However, by now most individuals who frequently interact with CIC have likely realized that many applications are continuing to be processed, and that there are certain steps […]

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PAFSO Strike Jeopardizing CIC Client Services

As many people know, the Professional Association of Foreign Services Officers (“PAFSO“) is currently taking strike action. According to the PAFSO Facebook page: [As of July 10] members who have not been identified as essential have withdrawn services in San Juan, Costa Rica,Sao Paulo. Guatemala, Brasilia, Moscow, Warsaw, Singapore,Manila, Islamabad,Chandigarh,Ankara, Hong Kong, and Delhi. Some instances involve trade and political officers as well. While this action does not mean that the entire visa office is closed, it does mean a significant increase in processing times. It is true that there is […]

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Section 133(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the “Regulations”) provides that: A sponsor who is a Canadian citizen and does not reside in Canada may sponsor a foreign national who makes [an application to sponsor a member of the Family Class] and is the sponsor’s spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child who has no dependent children, if the sponsor will reside in Canada when the foreign national becomes a permanent resident. (Emphasis Added) I have dealt with this issue on numerous occasions, and, depending on the visa post, Citizenship […]

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Santa is Canadian, and He’s Already Employed

In 2010 Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”), reaffirmed that Santa Clause is a Canadian citizen. This year, CIC doesn’t  want us to forget, and they’ve displayed the “fact” that Santa is a Canadian on their front page. Of course, we here in British Columbia already know that.  In fact, when he’s not delivering presents on December 25th, Santa is gainfully employed in the City of Abbotsford.  

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The deficit reduction strategy has officially hit Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Canadian offices.  Here are a list of closures effective today: Office Closing PR Cards and Investigation Referrals will be transferred to Vegerville Referral Files will be transferred to Citizenship Files will be transferred to BC  Kelowna Expo Office in Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver  Nanaimo  Expo office in Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver  Prince George  Expo Office in Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver  Victoria  Expo Office in Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver AB Lethbridge  Calgary Calgary Calgary SK  Regina  Saskatoon Saskatoon Saskatoon ON  Barrie  St. Clair Etobicoke Scarborough  Kingston […]

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The media is aflutter with stories about six Citizenship and Immigration Canada bureaucrats attending a citizenship reaffirming ceremony.  Frankly, as long as neither of the two people on the left are CIC bureaucrats processing immigration applications, I consider this to be a non-story.  

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