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Canada likely to miss immigration target

November -0001, 30
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It has been widely reported today that Canada will fail to reach its immigration target this year. Permanent residency visas issued between May and July this year were down 7.5 percent from this period last year, and the reason behind this appears to be that staff are prioritising temporary visa applications instead, as usually these are more date specific. The government denies that this is the case but some workers at the Professional Association of foreign services offices (PAFSO) claim that permanent residency visa processors have now been tasked with looking at temporary applications instead.

Ottawa’s immigration target is 260,000 which is much higher than some of the major cities, and usually means that it is easier to get a visa in order to immigrate there than to cities such as London or Melbourne.

The delays appear to have been exacerbated by the rotating strikes from ­PAFSO workers who ­

have implemented the rotating strikes and work to rule at busy visa posts such as  Beijing and Shanghai in China, Delhi and Chandigarh in India and Mexico city, to name but a few. Since PAFSO began its industrial action in April this year, Temporary visas have been increasing by almost 11%.

Ottawa is under increasing pressure from Universities and Colleges, the tourism industry and Canadian employers to avoid any disruption in its labour because of workforce strikes and employee action. However the Canadian government is adamant that they are not moving the workload around to get around this.

The immigration department Spokesperson Glenn Johnson, has reportedly said that immigration resources often shift more towards the temporary visa applications during the summer months, as the demand for study and temporary visas is higher at this time of year.

CIC are accepting many new applications for visa processors across the country and are training current staff in order to better process waiting applications. They are also employing more visa processors in worldwide offices in order to meet demand.  Eventually they hope that processing times will return to normal but for the time being if you are applying for a permanent residency visa, you may well be waiting a long while more than the usual processing times. This does not mean however that you will be more likely to have your visa rejected, as the criteria for entry still apply as normal.

However there is no resolution to the work action forthcoming and the action is entering its fourth month. 

 

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