A friend (not a member of this forum) tried to get an update regarding his application. This was the reply he got:
Changes to immigration law in 2008 allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to set, through Ministerial Instructions (MI), the number and type of applications considered for processing each year, and the order in which these applications will be processed.
Under the first set of instructions (MI-1) CIC used this new authority under immigration law to control the type of applications received, but not the number. The number of applications received exceed the ability to process them in a timely way. CIC introduced caps on June 26, 2010 and on July 1, 2011 on the FSW program as part of the second MI and third MI. CIC has limited the intake of new FSW applications to better match the number CIC can actually process within the annual levels plan tabled in Parliament. FSW applications under the second and third MIs are processed on a priority basis.
CIC has received enough FSW applications since February 27, 2008 to reach immigration levels for the next two years. Unfortunately, it will take longer to process those submitted under the first set of instructions (between February 27, 2008 and June 25, 2010) than originally projected. This number represents more than twice the number of projected admissions under the program in 2011. Therefore, few applications received /before February 27, 2008 (processed in the order they are received) are expected to be processed this year or next.
CIC's goal is to make the immigration system more responsive to labour market needs. By giving priority to FSW applications received on or after June 26, 2010, CIC is responding to the most urgent labour market needs first. The length of time it takes to finalize an application under this program varies from one visa office to another since visa offices face different challenges. CIC continues to work towards global service standards and the use of departmental standard forms to minimize such regional variations as much as possible.
We hope that you will find this information satisfactory in responding to your questions and concerns.
Federal Skilled Worker Unit
Visa and Immigration Section
Embassy of Canada / Ambassade du Canada
Manila / Manille
Level 6, Tower 2, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200
Phone / Tél.: (63-2) 857-9002
Fax / Téléc.: (63-2) 843-1094
Web site: www.philippines.gc.ca
Email: manila-immigration @ international.gc.ca
Looks like generic replies pa rin pinapadala ng embassy. Nga pala, March 2005 na-submit ang application nila.