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The Government of Canada announced on 29 March 2012 a plan to reduce the backlog of Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications by returning all applications and government fees submitted prior to 27 February 2008. This will amount to a total of almost 300,000 returned applications, as well as approximately $130 million in refunded government processing fees.

Approximately 160,000 FSW applications, submitted after 28 February 2008, will remain in queue for processing.
 

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Makes sense to me, the people who are applying with skills no longer needed in Canada are the ones who miss out. If your application is under the current guidlines it is still valid.

Will help get the waiting time down a heap!
 

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It will affect 280,000 people (and their dependents)! :eek:
Lots of these people are having their live quasi 'on hold' for 4 years, and now they say "bad luck for you"...
I can understand the Canadian government, but that doesn't mean that I really feel sorry for the people who are affected. :-(


News Release – Government of Canada transforms economic immigration program

Ottawa, March 30, 2012 — To create a fast and flexible immigration system that creates jobs and promotes Canada’s long term prosperity, the Government of Canada will eliminate the backlog in the main federal economic immigration program.

“The Federal Skilled Worker Program backlog is a major roadblock to Canada’s ability to respond to rapidly changing labour market needs,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “Having to process applications that are as many as eight years out of date reduces our ability to focus on new applicants with skills and talents that our economy needs today.”

As announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is planning to refund fees and return stale applications from nearly all those applicants who applied under the dated criteria in existence before February 27, 2008.

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Under proposed legislation, CIC will close the files of FSW applicants who applied before February 27, 2008, and for whom an immigration officer has not made a decision based on selection criteria by March 29, 2012. This is expected to affect around 280,000 applicants, including their dependants. CIC will begin the process of returning the full amount of fees paid to the Department by these affected FSW applicants. For those who have passed the selection criteria stage – approximately 20,000 people – CIC will continue processing their applications until they are approved for entry into Canada or not.

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News Release – Government of Canada transforms economic immigration program
 

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It will affect 280,000 people (and their dependents)! :eek:
Lots of these people are having their live quasi 'on hold' for 4 years, and now they say "bad luck for you"...
I can understand the Canadian government, but that doesn't mean that I really feel sorry for the people who are affected. :-(



News Release – Government of Canada transforms economic immigration program
i didnt realise people have been waiting for 4 years.. thats kinda sucky.

Imigration is a tough game :(
 

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I know. When we were first considering Canada, 4-5 years processing time was very normal.
 

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I'm just hoping this won't affect me. I already sent in my paperwork for my application for permanent resident inside Canada. I haven't even heard about my extension that I sent in back in November. My mom asked me if I had heard about my Visa. I told her I hadn't even heard about my extension.
 
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