January 21, 2008

Change in processing period

Canadian Embassy in Manila posted in its website changes concerning processing times. For permanent residence application, it now takes 4-6 months before you receive your acknowledgment letter and the official receipt for the processing fee. Prior to this, acknowledgement letter are normally received within 3 months.

Skilled Workers, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed

Applications can be expected to be reviewed only 48 months (four years) from the date we akknowledge receipt of a complete application. 80 % of the cases are currently being completed within 62 months. For new applications, a letter acknowledging receipt will be sent within four (4) to six (6) months from the date the application is received, including a receipt for the processing fees.

Applicants under provincial nominee program are advised not to file temporary work permit application simultaneously.

Provincial Nominees

Due to the significant recent growth in this immigration category, 60% of provincial nominee applications are finalized within 8 months.

Provincial nominees should normally submit a Permanent Residence application only. Temporary Work Permit applications should not be submitted simultaneously unless the Canadian employer immediately requires the nominee’s presence in Canada. Dual applications (Temporary Work Permit and Permanent Resident Visa) contribute to lengthy processing times and may cause a duplication of fees and medical exams.

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