I don't think it's a matter of slowing down, but a matter of more number of applications. We all should realize that this program has become more popular now and many of us have applied, especially in the past 5 months.
All timelines that are available on this thread for folks who applied in Oct/Nov or earlier timeframe *Does not* apply to all of us who applied in December 2008 and later. This is because of the change in the way AINP is now accepting applications (no pre-assessment). Some of the eval done in assessment is now done after we send in the applications.
There are other factors too, but given the above two major factors, we should expect a longer time to receive file number and response from AINP. The best way to help ourselves, AINP, and the folks who'd apply after us is to avoid asking AINP unwarranted questions over the phone or by email. Please curb and avoid the general tendency to ask AINP question like "I applied to you about 4 weeks ago, and haven't heard back, so what is the status?".
Thanks, and best of luck!
I think they have slowed down a bit now.They should process the applications of people who applied through pre-assessment stage.