Has CIC Fallen back asleep

Old Feb 17th 2016, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by KetanP
Would this really slow things down? The PR is granted via the London (UK) office so I'm struggling to see how the refugee intake would slow down the UK office?

1. Because IRCC seconded 400 employees from Canada and overseas offices to process the Syrians. Big chunk of the processing staff.
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Old Feb 17th 2016, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by PMM
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1. Because IRCC seconded 400 employees from Canada and overseas offices to process the Syrians. Big chunk of the processing staff.
Ah right ok. That would explain that then. Thanks
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I would assume that the London office is handling refugee claims made from within the UK.
I would also assume that staff, workload and resources are being moved around to handle the additional workload within CIC but it is a government department so who knows...
Just my assumptions.
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If anyone was stuck waiting like I was I suggest you try emailing them. I emailed them last night and this morning had an email confirming my PR and the date it expires. Eeek
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The change of government in October (with a manifesto promise to sort out immigration delays) and the influx of 25000 Syrian refugees at around the same time meant all staff were moved onto processing them - I gather they are well over halfway through that job now - had an impact by adding 6 months to the wait. They also appear to have changed the processing system to allow processing to be done anywhere in the world rather than in the country of application so there is hope it will speed up. For Jan '16 applications they were predicting an 11 year wait for Parent/Grandparent class applications for PR though!!
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Hi, and welcome to BE.

Originally Posted by thefishnets
They also appear to have changed the processing system to allow processing to be done anywhere in the world rather than in the country of application so there is hope it will speed up.
It's the same as it's always been - the visa office you choose can either be the one for the country you are resident in, or the one for your nationality. It can't be anywhere else.

CIC might choose to send it elsewhere, but again that's always been the case and nothing new.

HTH.
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Sounds like a typical 'New initiative' that is really nothing of the sort then.
Our PR application went in in January and we used Matt Sirios (Immigration Lawyer in Regina) as an advisor. It was interesting talking to him as his contacts within CIC were not able to answer a lot of questions, saying that the whole system was in turmoil with government changes and the Syrian influx. They did tell him that by the end of March they might have some answers.
One thing that has apparently changed is the ability to find out processing times. We used to be able to look at the estimated times on the CIC website but recent changes to it seem to have restricted that facility to those who have applications pending as it seems to need a number to get in.
We were told at the end of December that the Parents/Grandparent quoto (us) had just been raised from 5000 to 10000 per year but I noticed the processing time for the London Visa Office jumped from 62 months to 82 months at the same time. The time to process sponsors didn't change though.
Since the grandparents applying are likely to be getting on - we are in our early 70's - maybe the CIC are hoping we'll dies before completion!
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Originally Posted by thefishnets
Sounds like a typical 'New initiative' that is really nothing of the sort then.
Which new initiative are you talking about? I've not heard of one changing visa offices?

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It was interesting talking to him as his contacts within CIC were not able to answer a lot of questions, saying that the whole system was in turmoil with government changes and the Syrian influx.
Odd. The Syrian applications are very few in the grand scheme of things, out of the hundreds of thousands of visas CIC process every year. It may be delaying things briefly whilst priority is given to the refugee applications, but it shouldn't make a big difference long term, and CIC normally process quite a few refugee applications every year anyway, so it's not a big jump.

Originally Posted by thefishnets
One thing that has apparently changed is the ability to find out processing times. We used to be able to look at the estimated times on the CIC website but recent changes to it seem to have restricted that facility to those who have applications pending as it seems to need a number to get in.
You can still do it, you don't need an application number. Here you go - Check application processing times

It's much more accurate now, whereas the old system which told you 82 months was based on averages over time, so not so relevant to somebody from the UK with a straightforward application.

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We were told at the end of December that the Parents/Grandparent quoto (us) had just been raised from 5000 to 10000 per year
Yep, that was announced as a plan when the Liberals won in October, so that should help you.

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Since the grandparents applying are likely to be getting on - we are in our early 70's - maybe the CIC are hoping we'll dies before completion!
Sadly, you're just not a priority. Generally, parents and grandparents don't work and contribute to the economy, and they take in healthcare, so they don't have the same attraction for Canada as younger skilled workers. Not easy to have to wait so long I know, but I do think processing times will decrease now that there is a cap (it was only a couple of years ago that unlimited applications were allowed in that category) and as they clear the backlog.

Good luck, hope you receive confirmation of your application soon - did your lawyer send it to be received by 4th Jan?

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Our application arrived in Ottowa at 0930 on the day they opened so we hope it got in. We were told that acknowledgement that we were in the quota would be in around 6 weeks (that was 8 weeks ago).
Your application time link now leads to a statement that for Parent/Grandparent applications they are working on applications submitted in Nov 2011. To get better information you seem to have to enter an application tracking number - we hope that will be with the acknowledgement.
Slightly off topic - we were told by Matt Sirios that the Grandparent Supervisa was not applicable to us as we were 'visa exempt' in the UK. Is there a thread looking at how we can stay longer than 6 months@ Matt told us we just need to exit Canada and re-enter to 'restart the clock' but I can't see the immigration official can square that with some of the criteria for visiting.
Appropos not really wanting older folk. Not sure your argument holds as we, like many I suspect, will be financially self sufficient and our sponsors have to prove they can fully support us for 20 years anyway. So no drain on the economy merely an increase in spending from a source outside Canada
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Originally Posted by thefishnets
Our application arrived in Ottowa at 0930 on the day they opened so we hope it got in. We were told that acknowledgement that we were in the quota would be in around 6 weeks (that was 8 weeks ago).
Your application time link now leads to a statement that for Parent/Grandparent applications they are working on applications submitted in Nov 2011. To get better information you seem to have to enter an application tracking number - we hope that will be with the acknowledgement.
Slightly off topic - we were told by Matt Sirios that the Grandparent Supervisa was not applicable to us as we were 'visa exempt' in the UK. Is there a thread looking at how we can stay longer than 6 months@ Matt told us we just need to exit Canada and re-enter to 'restart the clock' but I can't see the immigration official can square that with some of the criteria for visiting.
Appropos not really wanting older folk. Not sure your argument holds as we, like many I suspect, will be financially self sufficient and our sponsors have to prove they can fully support us for 20 years anyway. So no drain on the economy merely an increase in spending from a source outside Canada
You could apply for the Grandparent Super Visa while waiting for the other application to be processed. There is no guarantee that entering and re-entering for 6 months at a time would always work and IMHO the Super Visa is the way to go as they are given 2 years entry which can be extended to a maximum of 10 yrs.
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Originally Posted by thefishnets
Slightly off topic - we were told by Matt Sirios that the Grandparent Supervisa was not applicable to us as we were 'visa exempt' in the UK.
With apologies to Matt, but if he really did tell you that then he's full of rubbish! That's not correct at all, plenty on the forum have gone over on supervisas.

Originally Posted by thefishnets
Not sure your argument holds as we, like many I suspect, will be financially self sufficient
You might be, but many others won't be, and just things like provincial healthcare are obviously a drain on the Canadian economy. Not necessarily my view, but just giving you info on why unfortunately your application is put at the bottom of the pile for processing versus those who are young workers!

Sounds like you've got your application in on time, so fingers crossed. Hope you hear something soon.
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Yes, being from a so called visa exempt country doesn't preclude a super visa:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/supervisa-how.asp


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So, Guys London still not processing Family Visas sent in 2015!!! Does anyone have a clue about what is going on?????
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Where did you get the notion that older applicants are placed at the bottom of the pile ?
The CIC website says that applications are processed " in order of receipt "
Have you experience of CIC processing ? I cannot believe that it is left to the caseworker to decide which application to work on next.
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