Wayne, the link to the page below supports your view that "complete applications" go through (an initial) eligibility as well. However, if I understand it correctly (these are very confusing manuals), it looks like a final eligibility determination also takes place later, maybe a more stringent one, before they inform the applicant i.e. AOR. Below are segments:
"FSW applications received at the CIO on or after June 26, 2010
The second set of MIs applies to cases received at the CIO on or after June 26, 2010. The CIO will assess complete applications received on or after June 26, 2010, against the MIs to determine whether applicants are eligible for processing. Those determined to be eligible will be placed into processing.
Applications that receive a negative determination of eligibility will not be processed and will receive a full refund."
Furthermore:Final eligibility determination at the CIO
"The CIO will assess the applicant's submission as-is and make a final determination of eligibility. To be eligible for processing, the applicant must meet all the criteria described in the MIs. If the application is eligible for processing, the applicant will be informed and the entire application will be forwarded to the visa office requested."http://www.cic.gc.ca/English//resources/manuals/bulletins/2010/ob218.asp#tphp%20idtphp
In any case, it looks like your understanding of whatever it is they are saying is more accurate, and I stand corrected
Right, so what we are saying here is that there are 2 eligibility reviews at CIO?
So this (we think) would make the process:
1) CIO - Completeness check
2) CIO - Encashment of processing fees
3) CIO - 1st eligibility review. If ok then this counts towards the cap
4) CIO - 2nd eligibility review (more stringent), if this is ok then send AOR and submit to VO
5) VO - background checks
6) VO - medical requests
7) VO - passport requests
VO - final decision and issue visa
This would seem to indicate that from June 26th onwards they are placing more processing/work on CIO side and less work at the visa office.
2 eligibility reviews at CIO also might explain why CIC have been telling people that eligiblity reviews have been done, but nobody has received an AOR yet. It may be that these applications are in between 1st and 2nd eligibility reviews.
However, if this were the case I would expect very soon at least a few people to report if they failed the 1st eligibility review. Do you agree this would be the case?
If all this is true, then whereas we will see a longer process at CIC, it should mean things are faster once we eventually make it to the visa office.