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What Backlog?

July 31st, 2012

Back in 2004, it took Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) 4.5 years, on average, to process an application for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category. By 2008, there were more than 600,000 FSW applicants and their dependents in the system awaiting a decision.

That same year, Canada enacted legislation empowering the Immigration Minister to limit the intake of new applications and by all accounts these measures have had their desired effect. Today, average processing times for FSW category applications submitted since 2008 have been cut in half. As of April 2012 there were just over 135,000 post-2008 FSW applicants and their dependents in the queue.

Seeing as how these newer applications are being refused at a rate of about 50 percent, we can expect that approximately 67,500 people will be receiving visas. Now, consider that the total CIC operational target for the FSW in 2012 is 61,000 visas and you will conclude, as I did, that there is essentially no backlog of FSW applications, except that…

There is still the issue of the FSW applicants who submitted their applications before February 28, 2008. This group includes about 85,000 principal applicants and their dependants, for a total of 280,000 people.

As followers of this blog are aware, the Canadian government has passed legislation that would terminate these older FSW applications and return the government processing fees paid by the applicants. Given the paucity of newer applications, wouldn’t it be more equitable to set aside a certain portion of the FSW quota for pre-2008 applicants? At the end of the day we are not talking about that many people. Some of these individuals have certainly moved on with their lives and are no longer interested in Canadian immigration. Add to this a rejection rate of about 50 percent and the number shrinks even more. We could be talking about 100,000 visas at the end of the process and you would think that number of newcomers could be accommodated over the next 4 or 5 years. However, my guess is that the government won’t process the pre-2008 FSW applications, at least not unless the Federal Court orders them to do so.

We have already filed Class Action proceedings on behalf of about 200 of our clients. If you feel that you may be affected by CIC’s plans to terminate pre-2008 FSW applications and wish to join or learn more about the Class Action court proceedings, please visit the following link: www.canadavisa.com/online/classaction/



 
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34 Responses to “What Backlog?”

  • On August 1st, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    I completely agree that quite a number of the people included in that application may have died,not interested again or moved on with their live, living a sizeable number to be processed.In support of that,I have a number of personal friends included in the pre 2008 applications who won the American lottery and have settled in the US while other have migrated to other part of the world and are definitely not interested in migrating to Canada again.

  • On August 1st, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    I can’t believe that Canada who is supposed to be the country where freedom, justice, and fairness reign, can do this to innocent and hopeful applicants. What happened to their ‘word of honor’? This act is immoral and betrayal of trust on the part of the applicants.

  • On August 1st, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    this is in fact double standards and a classic example of a materialistic mind. Such minds have no regard to humanity except their own interests.

  • On August 2nd, 2012, Somebody said ...

    This is quite distasteful. They could have required those people to supply additional documents, but throwing them all to dustbin, I believe people should stop considering canada as a destination. Fortunately i thought of spending my bucks in this, and now I am very happy that I felt something totally wrong about canadian immigration and backed off completely. I dont regret it anymore.

  • On August 2nd, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    The termination of pre-2008 FSW applications is so UNFAIR. We’ve been waiting for almost 6 years and yet it ended for nothing… our hope was turned to trash.

  • On August 6th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    i am a 2004 applicant.ihave waited patiently for 8 years.ihad never expected such decision where our patience was totaly neglected by canadian govt.

  • On August 7th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    i am an 2004 applicant just waiting for my medicals and visa reset all process has been cleared but this unfair governemnt has runied our lifes , time and money they should process all the files which are pending before 2008 , all the applicatants who applied then are well educated and fit in the economy well
    so kindly process the appliactions at a faster space already u guys has wasted our precious time and money and are giving us mental frustration

  • On August 8th, 2012, Mynur Rahman said ...

    I am very disappointed with the news to terminated Pre -2008 FSW. Our family have been waiting for 6 years and it will end this way. It is totally UNFAIR ???

  • On August 11th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    i can’t believe that, Why?????? i submit to this immigration since 2006 and i’m waiting for it with my family i used to check my email every day hoped that they send me anything
    we have a very bad situation in our countries and we believe that Canada will be our Savior
    it’s not fair and i am totally disappointed from that decision
    and i’m wondering what i should tell my son and my husband about that

  • On August 13th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    Interesting that while the U.S. government moves increasingly towards non-enforcement of its immigration laws, Canada is making moves to tighten its own.

  • On August 14th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    it show the failer of the canadian govermnet capacity to handle the work load and failer of FSW programe

  • On August 17th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    This is a confession for Canadian Govt. that it is not in line with what it advocates about Canada.
    Land of Fairness, humaneness,freedom? Must be somewhere else .
    Shame is the word.

  • On August 23rd, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    I have a family member who is permanent residence for 22 years. He has owned business’s in Canada and also worked in Canada in that time, at the present time he is collection pension from the Canadian government. He applied for his citizenship in early 2009 and got response letter in late 2009. In which they said that all the requirements have been met and they will give him an answer in 14 months (there internet site says 19 months). In 5 months it will be 4 years since he sent his application and has been 3 years since he got the letter saying they would give him a response. No response yet! We call them every 4 months since the last year and half and they either give him no answers, make something up or give us a fax number to send a letter to the application office. Which gives him a hope for a moment and then back to disappointment. Letter faxed to the office go are not responded or we are told that they received the letter and that’s it. Sadly to say he will either die before he even gets an answer, or will leave the country he spent so much of his life and payed so much tax in. He doesnt really care what they say at this point. All he wants is an answer! Yes or No! So he can move on with his life. I am born and raised, and I am sad to say, I am ashamed that are immigration system work in this manner. I would never have someone apply here for immigration or citizenship here because of the stress hes has gone to.

  • On August 27th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    Everyone is complaining about immigration system of canada. I even applied case in dec, 07 as dentist where spouse in physiotherapist then they blocked the cases after feb 2008. i even then applied my case in 2011 but 500 applications have reached just 2 days befor my application reached. Where the applications of lower jobs are accepted already and they are in canada.. The minister is operating this system very badly.. and even court is doing partiality. they all are taking government side but what about on that human.. who tried for new life and they already did efforts but because of these disillusioned ppl, ppl are suffering with mental harassment. Who is the responsible for it? No one is for us?

  • On August 29th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    The question is ” Is it all about money?” from feb 28/2008 cic requested many jobs that if processed the older files it would have found instead it accepted new files with new fees, is this fair? Again if the minister is suffering to find a way to solve this backlog, didn’t it hit his mind that those who have their files imprisoned in that backlog must be warnned to fined another way to reapply in another system & even have the priority than those who are applying new & must not pay another fees, but no instead he left us waiting counting the months and when the time for our turn comes another 4 months are added. This shows that the answer the question previously asked is yes it is all about our money

  • On September 8th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    So Canada messed up with the pre-feb 2008 applicants. Where else in the world, except Canada, would you see such an unfair, unjustified decision thrusted on innocent applicants. If the Manager cann’t manage the queue who should be dismissed? The queue or the manager? In Canada they believe in dismissing the queue and patting their backs for clearing the backlog. What a shame!!!

  • On September 14th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    I am very heart broken with this decision of CIC as me and my family waited since 2005 hoping every day that our turn will come soon. We are from minority and the situation these days in our country is really bad, we were hoping that CIC will at least consider the case of minority and help them to settle in an environment where our kids are safe and can get better education but sad CIC only want to earn money and wanted papers so that they could fill their dustbins.
    Just because CIC could not handle so many application, instead of increasing the staff and stop taking new applications the best way to work out by just throwing the pre-Feb. 2008 applications. Thank you so much for wasting our precious seven years, if CIC informed us earlier that your case is closed may be we would have tried some other country, but with time our age is also gone and we stand no where now.

  • On October 8th, 2012, Hani Dalqamouni said ...

    Hani Dalgamouni and Nael Al-Mehdawi in citizenship and immigration

    Canada welcomed the highest number of legal immigrants in more than 50 years, at 280,636 permanent residents, “It’s important to understand that the ranges are for planning purposes only. The key number is how many immigrants Canada actually admits. For 2010, that number is 280,636, with the growth coming mostly from skilled economic immigrants,” said Parliamentary Secretary Wong.

    The RCMP and Citizenship and Immigration Canada will continue working together to combat fraud and maintain the integrity of Canada’s immigration system.

    As Canadian permanent residents you and your family can share with Canadians and take part in the continued building of one of the world’s most successful economic alliances involving Canada and the United States of America, its neighbor to the south. Indeed, Canada’s esteemed stature is reflected in its being a member of the prestigious economic Group of Eight and its reputation as a respected participant in world affairs.

    Question:How long does it take to process my immigration application?

    Answer:There is no standard processing time that is provided for applications. Each case is different and will be processed by each Citizenship and Immigration Canada visa office according to their resources and number of applications being processed.

    Traditionally, Canada’s immigration system operated on a first-come first-processed basis. Our immigration legislation created programs under which eligible applicants could apply. People submitted applications under various programs with the understanding that while they would have to wait in the queue behind those who applied before them, they could be certain that the Canadian government would process their applications before anyone who applied after them. Importantly, they could also be certain that their application would actually be processed according to the criteria that existed when they applied.

    All visa offices will tell you something like, “Processing times vary from case to case, often due to reasons beyond our control. Some cases will take longer than the times indicated.”
    With these kinds of wait times, it is important that you fill out all forms correctly and follow the correct process, as outlined by CIC. CIC has some additional tips for you to follow so that your application is not delayed:

    Make sure all the necessary information is included with your application.
    Tell the visa office about any changes to the information on your application.
    Do not make unnecessary inquiries to the visa office.
    Make sure the photocopies and documents you provide are clear and readable.
    Provide certified English or French translations of documents, where indicated by CIC.
    Apply from a country where you are a citizen or permanent resident.
    Your application will be delayed if the visa office has to take extra steps to assess your case.
    Your application will take longer if:

    there are criminal or security problems with your application;
    your family situation is not clear because of a situation such as a divorce or adoption that is not yet complete or child custody issues that have not been resolved; or
    the local visa office has to consult with other CIC offices in Canada or abroad.

    By: Hani Dalqamouni

  • On October 10th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    I waited patiently for 5 years thinking a fair country like Canada, my time to emigrate will come one day. This stupid decision of ‘auto-rejection’ of 280,000 people is giving Canada 2 black eyes and has tarnished the reputation of Canada. Lucky for the Canadian government that I am a foreigner and am unable to sue them. If I could, i would sue them for $1 trillion! In any case, its now Oct 2012, and I have yet to receive any refund yet. $@#k!

  • On October 17th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    will our files get processed backlog pre 2008 .. i am still waiting and praying that the govt may process my case .. i dont want refund

  • On October 18th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    It is a whimsical decision by Mr kenney.I have waited more than 10 years.Being a doctor I have inborn lots of patience.But I have lost all relating to this issue.Doctors applying after 2008 already got visas.Unfortunately being pre 2008 ,I have not got ticket due to peculiar rules.All pre 2008 applicants should go to amnesty international to lodge complaints against canadian govt.It is a strategic fault of can.govt.They should restrict intakes of files during 2003-2005 when there was complete cessation of file processing.

  • On October 22nd, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    Yesterday, my file just turned 7 yrs and died!!! CIC took Pre-Feb 2008 forgranted…CIC should perish not us!!!

  • On October 24th, 2012, essar patel said ...

    after going through so much pain over these years, i think that cic is very unfair in settlement of applicants.they have given entry to those who filed after 2008, but i doint understand what is the problem for those who filed before 2008?perhaps they should learn from their neighbours whose immigration policy is very transparent. i would urge cic to stop behaving in a hypocracy way.they should behave in a responsible way.

  • On November 2nd, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    These people are being treated unfairly and the GoC does not give a **** about them. Being a laid off CIC employee I can tell you this govt gives no care to their employees let alone the applicants. Election time cannot come soon enough for me. Good luck to all the applicants and the ongoing battle to get them some consideration and ruling in the courts.

  • On November 10th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    instead of requesting for updated information for refund of fees in respect of the pre-feb 2008, CIC should have requested for updated information on their academic and occupational background, as a number of them could have been considered under the current legislation. This would have been seen as a much fairer action instead of throwing them out altogether.

  • On November 21st, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    What would happen with applicant between 2008-2010,- no decisioned yet?

  • On November 22nd, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    My family that is my ex husband his current wife and my two children got their immigration for PR is 2002,After which in too applied to cic in 2003 got my file no in 2004 and since then i am waiting patiently thinking at it will come any time soon .I missed seeing my two young children growing up and after 9 age years they tell us that they are throwing the application out .do they have any idea how much pain and anguish they have caused their mother.I am their real mother and i am waiting for the last 9 years to be with my children.Its a shame.My children are now coming to their marriageable and i am still waiting. even if they sponsor me now it will take two years .so there is no solution to this situation.if any one know anyway else i can reapply please let me know .

  • On December 17th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    Certainly it is a shameful act by the govt. of Canada. It portrays a negative image, of Canadians in general and the government in particular, not only to the applicants but also to the general mass of the international communities. One might think that Canadians are not trustworthy. It is quite possible that they throw these immigrants out in future. It also seems a scam to collect money legally from all over the world specially from the underdeveloped countries. Minister Kenny has no right to be on his seat after putting his government in such a state of distrust around the globe.

  • On January 3rd, 2013, Anonymous said ...

    At the time we submitted our application for immigration, our children were 7 an 10 years old. On our information documents, the lady wrote “24 to 36 months”. We planned our lives accordingly. We put our lives on hold. Every decision we made started with “What if we have to leave within 6 months…”. Our careers, home, pets, everything. The 24 months became 36. The 36 months became 72 and eventually our son reached the age of 16. We made the heart breaking decision to send him to a university preparatory school in Canada. He wants to study medicine, and we had to give him the best opportunity to be able to reach his dream. The plan was for him to start school in Canada in Grade 11 – without his family, and we would join him as soon as our applications were finalised. Surely it could not take much longer? It was after all almost 7 years down the line? We sold our house to be able to afford his tuition at Ridley College, his living costs and flights, and he excelled. At the end of his Grade 11 year, it came to our knowledge that our application was going to be discarded by the Canadian Government. What a nightmare! Our son, now 17, was in Canada which meant that he either had to stay there without his family, or he had to come back to South Africa in the most important year in his time at school. We made the decision to let him come back to SA. He once again had to work really hard in order that his school marks in SA, which is what the SA universities are interested in, are good enough to afford him the chance to become eligible for acceptance into medicine. We will be 50 years old in 3 years’ time. It is too late for us to start over again. We just hope and pray that this experience did not leave permanent scars on our children. Shame on you Canada.

  • On February 1st, 2013, Anonymous said ...

    We have wasted our precious 7 years in our life without taking any important decision of life,filed in 2006. It is very depresive.

  • On February 23rd, 2013, Srini said ...

    Being a pre Feb 2008 applicant myself, I can understand the pain and anguish expressed by the people here. The fact that most of them preferred to be “anonymous” shows that they are still interested in protecting their applications and do not want to be identified by the Canadian Govt as those talking ill against it. This clearly proves their desparation and Canadian Govt should not look come out of its “ego” and make best possible efforts to process old applications.

  • On April 12th, 2013, Anonymous said ...

    Very very disappointed.

  • On April 24th, 2013, Anonymous said ...

    Waiting for 8 long years is not a joke. We sacrificed everything, our job promotion, my family planning, I applied last 2005 at the age of 30 and control having another child for the reason that it might affect our application. Now I am 38 years old, I wish my health would not be at risk of having another baby. Yes, it is also true that we are still interested to go to Canada, Good luck to us, I hope we can meet their qualifications shortly.

  • On May 1st, 2013, third world guy said ...

    Being a pre Feb 2008 applicants with good job, European Master degree, best English knowledge, my young age, good health and good character, I thought my family could easily migrate to Canada. I did not think of other option like migrating to other countries like Australia, New Zealand and other country. After finishing of medicals asked by CIC, my son (09 years old) asked every day following question.
    ” Father, when shall we go Canada”. He normally asks this question 4 or 5 times per week. This is a headache to me and my wife. What’s wrong thing we do to Canada. Only thing we did is that we applied to immigrate to Canada legally through Canadian high commission and they accepted our applications. At present, I can’t apply again as I am now 45 years old and difficult to get highers band for IELTS. Other problem is that I can’t apply to immigrate other countries with my present condition.
    My mother country does not develop like Canada. That’s the reason I applied to immigrate to Canada. My major objective to migrate Canada is to give best education to my only son and to show him how much this world is wide. I spent too many days, months and years learning about Canada with English. I wasted too much money wasting for learning English, CIC medicals and police clearance reports…etc. I didn’t think of other option like finding a best employer who offers best salaries. Actually, Canadian government destroyed our innocent dreams as well as our future. FINALLY ONE THING I WANT TO EMPHASIZE. it is that
    UNIVERSAL TRUTH NEVER DIE. I BELIEVE THAT THE TRUTH WILL WIN ONE DAY.
    thanks
    third world guy

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