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Canada Visa Service to Clear Backlog of Visa Applications

Canada Visa Service
After a drawn out six-month rotating strike came to an end Canada’s Foreign Service Officers have made it clear that their number one goal is to clear the backlog of visa applications left by the prolonged strike.

Why did the strike come to an end?

The strike, which saw a number of one day closures from June to September 2013, affected India, China, Mexico and the Philippines the most. The strike was originally called because the union complained that workers in these centres were being paid less than comparable staff in Canada. The issue came when the Canadian Government claimed overseas staff were paid a series of bonuses and allowances that made up to the lower base pay rate received by those in Canada.

The strike came to an end after a deal was agreed between the Canadian Government and unions. The deal saw the union secure the wage scale that they wanted for the employees (backdated to 2011), but only after sacrificing severance pay for those who leave voluntarily, which was one of the crucial government demands, and a point that led to plenty of discussion.

The deal, which will come into place in June 2014, is one of a number of deals that Treasury Board President Tony Clement has looked to secure as he seeks to overhaul the public-service sector in Canada.

A backlog of work now needs to be cleared

Gregory Thomas, Director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, said that the lengthy dispute caused by the unwillingness of both parties to negotiate on their key points has left a “backlog of work”. Applications for new permanent residencies, which before the strike took about a month to process,were taking over two months to resolve just before the strike came to an end.

Tim Edwards, president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, suspects that students and short stay tourists have been put off applying for visas because of the delays caused by the strike. Edwards said the visa backlog would take “months” to clear, but it will be all hands to the pump from all employees to ensure that the backlog is cleared quickly.

A number of Indian applications would have been delayed due to the strike. If you have been affected by the strike, and have not heard about your application in over two months, then write to the relevant sector to check the progress of your application or contact us for a consultation

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