Friday, January 21, 2011

Canada Immigration Processing Times Dropping

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya Ku...Image via WikipediaDue to the recent efforts of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), processing times for a number of immigrant application tracks to Canada have been significantly reduced.
Processing times for the Federal Skilled Worker track (allowing Permanent Residency via the economic class in the Asia and Pacific offices have been reduced as follows:
2010 Processing Times in Months
Beijing ( China) 42 9
Hong Kong (China) 51 13
Islamabad (Pakistan) 77 11
New Delhi (India) 79 10
Colombo (Sri Lanka) 57 11
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 44 10
Manila (Philippines) 70 11
Processing times for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) track in Asia and Pacific offices are also currently operating at a similar pace:
Visa Office Processing Times in Months
Beijing ( China) 11
Hong Kong (China) 21
Islamabad (Pakistan) 23
New Delhi (India) 6
Colombo (Sri Lanka) 25
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) -
Manila (Philippines) 11
Processing times for the Investor track however, remain unacceptably high. This explains why the CIC has recently indicated that, after lifting the moratorium on this class last month (after imposing it to clear its backlog), it will be working to reduce processing times in the coming term:
Visa Office Processing Times in Months
Beijing ( China) 38
Hong Kong (China) 37
Islamabad (Pakistan) 43
New Delhi (India) 28
Colombo (Sri Lanka) -
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) -
Manila (Philippines) 44
There is also a significant difference in processing times as between paper applications versus online applications:
Type of Application (Paper) Processing Times
Canada Visitor Visa 115 days
Canada Work Permit (Same employer) 94 days
Canada Work Permit (New employer) 31 days
Canada Study Permit 58 days
Canada Off-Campus Work Permit 31 days
Protected Person Status Document 16 days
Type of Application (Online) Processing Times
Canada Visitor Visa 48 days
Canada Work Permit (Same employer) 48 days
Canada Work Permit (New employer) 48 days
Canada Study Permit 48 days
Canada Off-Campus Work Permit 20 days
Protected Person Status Document Not Applicable
The reduced processing times ought to be of significant importance for, and an important appeal to, those persons considering immigrating to Canada through any of the above immigrant application tracks.


By Manjit Singh, Associate, Cambridge LLP International Legal Services Group
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