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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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3 comments:

  1. Immigration on a whole is very beneficial to Canada and its residents. History tells repeatedly that it is human kind that loses its previleges. Immigration is good for Canada and its people in any way you consider but the undeue advantage taken by a few people in the name of refugee act bestowed by Canadian government is being highly misused. We have to wait and see how far Canada can allow people in the name of refugees. Of course, humanitarian concerns are to be given the highest priority for human kind’s development and survival but misuse of a syustm is highly deplorable. Let us all pray that the gates of immigration be not closed for all those good people and eligible aspirants just because of the refugees who infiltrate this country and can be a bigger and unsolvable problem. As of now Canada is large in heart and resources.

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