I am a February applicant but cannot stop peeking on your January applicants' cases in this forum.
The CIC's performance in the past three weeks is very disappointing and IRRESPONSIBLE. We paid immigration however we cannot even get an promised acknowledgement email to confirm they at least received our application, nor get correct and honest information on their official website about the immigration process status. People we are waiting are so frustrated but we seems have no weapon to fight back. We created theory to comfort ourselves, we joked on what we are facing. But nothing really eases the frustration inside us while hopelessly waiting for the next CIC update although we know it might be another nonsense. THIS IS REALLY UNFAIR!!!!
I know my case is a long shot yet. But still we are in the same boat. I wonder if we can at least send our complaints to the Immigration Ministry (Don't think complaints to CIC will work)? At least request the basics we deserve -- basic information of immigration process (we are not pushing him to speed up the process) I remember from this forum a guy mentioned he emailed Immigration Ministry to complain. His personal email might have been submerged under numerous emails. If more of us as a group submit complaints, at least our voice will be heard if even no response.
What is your thoughts?
I apologize that I cannot innitiate an actual repitition actions as I am really not good at computer. I am sure here there will be some guys excellent at computer skills. I will be the first one to sign any repetition initiated thankfully by some one.
I very much sympathize with your situation and others who are not receiving any updates through ECAS or through CIC directly. I know this is a frustrating process for all of us, but I will also try to offer a little insight for consideration. I also am waiting for my wife to receive further updates on ECAS after sending in PP. However, after careful consideration these are my thoughts.
1. I would rather the workers spend their time processing our papers then replying to our endless emails, updates, etc. etc. A person busy updating all of our ECAS, sending emails, writing letters on timely basis would NOT be busy processing our files. A person can only do one thing at a time.
2. I seriously doubt the GOV would hire extra people just to update ECAS quicker or to address our enquiries on a more timely basis. Their likely solution (if at all) would be to take staff away from processing and put them on emails and ECAS updating to ensure more up to date reporting back to us the applicants. GOV overall is talking sut backs so likely no additional staffing for immigration.
3. GOV is already making lots of change to the immigration system and thus this issue would likely see the back burner. As a Canadian I am aware of the GOV efforts to reform the system. Much of what they are working on are much more serious issues to better refine the immigration system and make it more fair for all of the legitimate applicants and to clear up backlogs of applicants.
4. Any petition may eventually have an effect but anyone thinking this will help their individual situation should not count on this. Any changes a serious petition could bring about likely would not have any changing affect for many months or even years. The wheels of government turn very slowly, and often not the way we want them to.
5. I think our time and energy is best spent on preparing ourselves, our spouses, for any requirements that may come our way in the process. Prepare for interviews. Complete all paperwork as fast as possible and thorough as possible, planning our lives around the expected timelines, so that we can respond quickly to each step in the process as we come to them.
6. Remember that 1000's of people are applying for immigration on a regular basis. Each case is different requiring different scrutiny etc. In order to be fair to everyone, they are trying to process in order as they arrive. I think they are very fair this way. It doesnt surprise me at all that with so many applicants it is hard for them to locat someones application before it is being processed (55-70 days) thus the excuses.
7. I think the vast majority of people recieve an answer regarding their sponsorship between 55 and 70 days. Some cases are more complicated and they require more time to investigate a case. Based on this its best we be patient for this time period, it does go by fairly quickly. Once accepted as sponsor, transfer happens quite quickly, and then the real waiting begins.
8. I am confident the process continues at its pace, with little we can do to change that. Important that we are ready to respond to any documents or other requirements they may need from us. Even though I may not receive updates as quickly as others, I remain confident that my application is proceeding as best it can.
9. GOV is rarely willing to admit if they are wrong, made a mistake, misplaced something for a bit, etc etc etc. No point in expecting them to admit it, or to speed things up. It wont happen.
I don't mean to discourage anyone, only to help share some understanding of the system. Its always best when dealing with a massive burocracy, not to create more problems for them, which may slow them down further. Let them do their jobs on their timelines. If for any reason, however, your situation falls outside the normal timelines, then you should by all means contact them and get answers as quickly as possible. Patience is a virtue. I wish all of us a speedy processing, hoping we all can survive the waiting. Good luck to all.