Q & A: Questions about Historical Processing Times

CIC News
Published: October 1, 1998

Q. I am currently in US. From the previous edition of the Canada Immigration Newsletter, I saw that the waiting time for skilled workers is 8 months in Mexico and 16 months in Buffalo. Is Mexico really 8 months faster than Buffalo? If I send my application to Mexico, what should I be aware of?

Answer: You should be aware that these numbers are historical, and are not necessarily predictive of future performance. You should be aware that Buffalo is much more capable of dealing with high volumes of applications, and that a slight increase in volume in Mexico could result is disproportionate increases in processing times overall. You should also be aware that many visa offices' processing times are not the same for offshore cases as a result of differences in processing requirements.

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