My guess is CIO will just assess the application under all the factors and award points after the eligibility review. If the applications pass this stage, they will send out the medical request along with the intimation that the file is being transferred to the VO for the final decision. As always, the VO are the best to do the background checks. Also they have mentioned a
. The CIC officers could mean the one sitting @ VO or the CIO. I also think, apart from the part that they have taken the point on AOR after eligibility review, nothing has changed. Particularly, the OP6 manual said, The CIO will assess the applications under all the factors and award points, and only if the application passes the 67 points ad also the selection factors, including the proof of funds, the application will be forwarded to the VO for final decision. I'm including one of my very earlier posts for reference.
I see a lot of inactivity in the forum
I guess people are busy gathering papers
Well, to my understanding, i'm posting the actual proposed process of applications for Federal Skilled Workers after June 26 2010.
1. As a rule of thumb, one has to submit ALL the documents specified in the CIO checklist and the Visa Office checklist(these checklists include pretty much everything needed for a PR application to Canada), with the initial application to CIO, NS.
2. One exception to the above may be the PCCs, as they will be asked for later by the corresponding visa office, although it's makes sense to send it together with the initial application(please see my explanation for the same in the same thread below).
3. So, once they receive our courier, they group them according to NOCs(the NOC code is mentioned on the envelope).
4. When our turn comes, they crack open our couriers and do a initial documentation check for completeness and compliance of the application.
# Check if the application forms are all COMPLETELY FILLED, payments are OK, all required documentation are enclosed.
# Next they check if we have a valid 1 year experience in the claimed NOC(a part of the 29 occupations list)
5. If yes, they give an AOR and put the file into processing
, If not they send the application back stating the reason for return.
6. Next they check and award points for the 6 selection factors, including Education, Work Experience, Age, Language proficiency, Adaptability, Arranged Employment. In addition to these 6 factors, they check for the proof of funds as per the guidelines. They also do the background check for the above at this point before awarding points.
7. If the applicant gets 67 points or more, then his/her application will be transferred to the local visa office for final decision.
8. The VO again conducts background checks for their part and may request for an interview if they are not satisfied with the documentation provided.
9. It is believed, as and when they receive the file transfer from CIO, NS, the Visa Office sends a medicals request to the applicants.
10. By the time they receive the medicals results, they would be done with the background checks and this will enable the VO to make a decision
11. It is thought that they will also want to have the applicants' passports in their hands before making a final decision.
12. Once approved, they will send the Passports with Visas stamped
13. All refused skilled worker applicants, including those refused for non-compliance with processing requirements, will be sent or otherwise provided a formal refusal letter. The letter must:
• inform the applicant of the categories or circumstances under which the application was considered;
• provide a listing of the points awarded in respect of each selection factor;
• fully inform the applicant why the application has been refused.
Well, long story short, the processing times are getting shorter and shorter
All the best for all of you guys out here.. Keep helping each other and hopefully see you all in Canada soon
Quick update from my side: My huby is attempting his IELTS this Saturday
, hopefully we get good points out of it. A 14 point would be just as great as having our application approved