With countries like Australia and United Kingdom limiting the number of immigrants, Canada is all set to welcome the addition of 240,000 to 265000 permanent residents in its 2009 plan, which is it’s highest in the last 15 years. The announcement made by Jason Kennedy, who is the Minister of the Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism laid emphasis on the renewed commitment to the Canada immigration program.
The goal of CIMC (Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada) is to make the Canada immigration process efficient with new procedures introduced for submission, for the interested applicants under the Federal Skilled Workers program. The immigration process that used to stretch to 6-7 years previously has thereby been reduced to mere 6-12 months now.
Applications of Federal Skilled Worker program are received at CIO (Centralized Intake Office) at Nova Scotia. With this centralization of the applications intake, overall wait times are reduced drastically. However, some of this workload is being delegated to visa offices overseas.
The appropriate Visa office where your application needs to be sent varies, depending upon the most suitable qualifying criteria for the applicant under the Federal Skilled Worker program.
- Any applicant who has an arranged employment can directly send their applications to the Canadian immigration visa office.
- International students and temporary foreign workers, who are currently living in Canada legally for a minimum of one year can submit their applications to the Canadian immigration visa office in Buffalo, New York.
- Applications under the Federal Skilled Workers program that qualify through the new experience requirements set for ministerial work are sent to CIO in Nova Scotia.
Applicants with their nominated occupation mentioned in the Canada’s 38 high-demand occupations like skilled trades, finance, health et al enjoy the benefit of priority processing. International student or a temporary foreign worker who are residing in Canada for more than a year and have an arranged employment offer also enjoy this benefit.
A few basic documents along with some new forms and fees are to be submitted to the CIO. Applications that are qualified are then processed further abroad at the most suitable Canadian immigration visa office. CIO will then ask applicants for complete submission of their application within 120 days to the visa office.
Applications that could not qualify are returned with a complete refund of the processing fees. Processing procedures of other categories or programs of the Canadian immigration remain unaffected by the new parameters.
Funds made available from the Budget 2008 will be beneficial in the enhancement of application process, allowing the Department to reach annual targets, reduce their backlog and utilize today’s inventory in the utmost manner for future benefits.
Sending additional staff to visa offices overseas that has extensive wait times is one of the most important measures that are taken to make the immigration to Canada faster and easier. The work from these offices is redistributed to the comparatively less busy visa offices to avoid any delay in processing.