Special Edition: Canadian Government Slashes Backlog
see how tough they are being in handling backlog for federal applications of skilled workers...really painful for those who has been waiting for PR for so many years......................
Yes, this a very sad news. But, for long time they were just delaying the process of application before Feb 27, 2008. Ex:
Average processing time is 18-20 months.
Visa Office Processing Times IN MONTHS
(based on a complete application package)
Applications received BEFORE February 27, 2008 Applications received BETWEEN November 28, 2008 and June 25, 2010
Beijing - China 57 20
Colombo - Sri Lanka 68 21
Hong Kong - China 62 21
Islamabad - Pakistan 88 27
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia 55 19
Manila - Philippines 82 18
New Delhi - India 93 18
Seoul - South Korea 60 21
Singapore - Singapore 74 19
Sydney - Australia 56 19
Tokyo - Japan 68 17
Hence, may be thay don't want those people who are before 2008. :-) Actually, at that time rule was very easy. and most of the applicants posses the skill in which canada doesn't have skill shortage.