Winnipeg General Strike [Public Domain]
Recently we told you that the ongoing, rotating strikes of Canada's Foreign Service - the people who process your visa and permit appliactions outside of Canada - are not affecting student visa applications. The strikes have been occuring since April at Canadian High Commissions, Embassies and Consulates around the world.
New information released in the Toronto Star suggests that when the Foreign Service is not on strike, they are working primarily on temporary status applications at the expense of other applications. So if you are waiting for your temporary resident visa (TRV, a regular tourist or business visa), a work permit, or a study permit, your application will likely be processed as if there was no strike. Refugee applications are also still receiving the usual attention.
But permanent resident applications are being delayed across the board and the delays mean your application can take up to 66% longer. The applications that are affected include any applications submitted outside of Canada for the following categories:
- permanent residence through spousal sponsorship;
- permanent residence through the federal skilled worker program, PhD stream or the federal skilled trades program;
- permanent residence through the start-up visa;
- permanent residence through the self-employed stream;
- permanent residence through the live-in caregiver stream;
- permanent residence through any Provincial Nominee Program or through Immigration Quebec where the applicant is at the stage of being approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
If you submitted one of these applications from within Canada, you should not be affected by the strike unless your application would be sent overseas to your local visa office as part of the regular application processing procedures.