This is in response to your recent email enquiry to the Immigration Section of the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi.
An Acknowledgement of Receipt letter was sent to the applicants after their files were created in our office. Please note that if the online case status for a particular application shows that a decision has been made, processing has already begun on that application and it is currently awaiting further review.
Unless we have specifically asked an applicant to do so, he/she is not required to submit any additional documents at this time which are not listed in the Document Checklist (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5612E.pdf
Our office will contact the applicant to provide the additional supporting documentation if it is required for the further assessment of the application, including medical examination instructions. Requests will be sent when we require the additional information for each application, giving each applicant a reasonable length of time to respond. However, the issuance of further instructions, including medical instructions, and the finalization of the application may not occur until later in 2012, or after 2012.
Unfortunately, it will take longer to process federal skilled worker applications submitted under the first set of instructions (between 27 February 2008 and 25 June 2010) than originally projected. During this time, the department received applications for more than 425,000 people, and 144,000 of these have not yet received a decision as of January 1, 2012. This number represents more than twice the number of projected admissions under the federal skilled worker program in 2011.
Also, please note that if an applicant wishes to withdraw an application where the online case status shows that a decision has been made, the applicant is not eligible for a refund of the processing fees at this stage as processing of the file has begun.
Applications in the Skilled Worker category are processed in order of receipt. Each application is being processed in accordance with its place in the queue, based on the date on which the application and fee payment were received by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Since the application is still within normal processing times, we are not able to provide any status updates.
Until we contact the applicant, the only information the applicant is required to provide us in order to update the application is:
- Change of address or contact information, including email address
- Change in family composition
- Request to withdraw the application
- Submission of an Arranged Employment Opinion approved by Human Resources and Social Development Canada
- Change to authorized representation
Processing times to finalization may vary depending on the number of new applications received and the individual complexity of each application. Applicants can check the status of their case on the CIC website by clicking on Client Application Status. For actual processing times of permanent resident applications in New Delhi for the last 12 months, please click here. Applicants may also refer to our website, www.india.gc.ca
, for more information about processing times.
We trust that this information will be of assistance.
Immigration Section / Section de l'immigration - 1
High Commission of Canada/ Haut-Commissariat du Canada
7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
India / Inde