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Immigration Processing Times Appear to be Decreasing

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Over the past few years, the Government of Canada has expressed its intention to bring immigration processing times down to approximately 12 months or less. Recently, it appears as though the government has begun to deliver on its promises.

According to Attorney David Cohen, of the Canadian immigration law firm Campbell Cohen, some clients who applied to the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program in summer 2013 are now receiving passport requests. A passport request is the final step in the process of obtaining Canadian Permanent Residency.

“It is exciting to see that processing times are beginning to decrease to under a year,” said Attorney Cohen. “Shortening the timeframe for application processing means that Canada gets the workers it needs in a timely fashion, and applicants are assessed within a reasonable timeframe that allows them to plan for their futures.”

The Politics of Processing Times

In years past, the government was facing a large backlog of applications for a number of programs, most notably the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). These backlogs, along with a number of other factors, resulted in increasing wait times for applicants.

Long wait times presented a problem for both Canada and the applicants waiting to be assessed. Without the ability to quickly issue permanent residence to desirable candidates, Canada faced the possibility of becoming less competitive in the global contest for the best immigrants. Applicants, on the other hand, were made to wait in a state of uncertainty for long periods of time.

Solving the problem required program reforms on many levels. These reforms included the controversial decision to do away with some backlogged applications, the consolidation of some processing centers into the newly created Ottawa Case Processing Center, and the creation of new programs with faster processing times, such as the Canadian Experience Class.

What This Means for Applicants

According to Attorney Cohen, a reduction of processing times can mean only good news for applicants.

“In short, the faster an application is processed, the faster that applicant will see their immigration goals materialize,” said Attorney Cohen. “Hopefully, the promising timelines that my firm has been experiencing with the Federal Skilled Worker Program will continue, and expand to other immigration programs in the near future.”

Speedy processing times are optimal for a number of reasons. For example, immigration programs and program requirements can change regularly. A processing time of one year or less helps to ensure that applicants who submit under a certain set of regulations will be assessed before those regulations change. In addition, shorter and more predictable immigration timelines allow applicants to more effectively plan for their future settlement in Canada, for instance by contacting employers and looking for housing.

The Canadian government has made significant investments of time and money to bring down processing times. As recent examples from the FSWP have shown, the investments will likely pay off for both Canada and future immigrants.

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8 thoughts on “Immigration Processing Times Appear to be Decreasing

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    Which of the immigration package is suitable for a single mother who is educated. Am 34years old with bachelor of science degree in marketing.

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    Lata poudel

    Does this management applies for all types of immigration program as i had applied for qubec immigrartion program on october 2013 and till today there is no reply yet i m really panicked
    will you please help me what shall i do ?

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    i have a question about spousal processing time fom Pakistan to Canada. is anyone know, what is the process. and how long it will take to get spouse here. i understand website its says 32 months. but is this a fair keep spouse away for 32 months. and i know canada is facing lot of fraud marriage cases.
    Please advice
    Your help much appriciated.

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    Well, I don’t think that happened for Ankara office. Last time I remember it was about 27 month, now it is 30 month.

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    Preetam Boodhoo

    Dear Sir,
    I can see from your website that people, who applied to the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program in summer 2013, are now receiving passport requests. Can I know how long is PR the process taking for Quebec ?


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    Asif Tanveer

    Thanks for explaining in detail.

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    Jess perez

    How can speed up my canadian experience class processing because my employer is asking me how? Does it need to an employer effort to make it possible in speeding it up? Thank you and God bless.

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    Noel Crawford

    Immigration times may be decreasing for skilled workers but the times are increasing for Permanent Residency applications for married spouses residing in Canada with their spouses. I have had my wife’s application in since Oct 2012 and there is still 16 months to waits. Sponsorship took 10.5 months and the rest will be another 16! This is disgusting. I now have a 10 week old “Canadian” baby and his mother cannot even take English classes as without permanent residency even with a study permit she must pay thousands of dollars instead of $180 yet a refugee can take the English courses immediately for only the $180. This is disgusting when married to a Canadian born spouse and now with a child. I am so sad to see this on the part of my government.

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