March 15, 2008

Amendments to Modernize the Immigration System

Like what we've telling you, it is to your advantage if you file your application soon. That's becauase the longer you delay your decision, the more you are rsiking your eligiblity. Imigration regulations change and we both don't know when it is gonna be. And true enough, on March 14, 2008, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada proposed changes on the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada.

The proposed changes would address the huge backlogs of applications that the Visa Offices currently have. This would mean a faster visa visa processing. But this could also mean bad news to some who still don't have their applications filed.

On March 14, 2008, the Government of Canada introduced legislative amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to modernize the immigration system, to ensure that families are reunited faster and skilled workers arrive sooner.

One of the challenges facing our immigration system today is the large number of people waiting in the queue. This is especially a problem in the skilled worker category which makes up most of the backlog.

Under the proposed measures, Citizenship and Immigration Canada would have greater flexibility in processing new applications, especially from skilled workers.

The legislation is intended to provide greater flexibility in addressing a range of labour market needs. It will not apply to refugees and does not affect our objectives related to family reunification.

Ultimately, this will result in reduced wait times and improved service. It will also help manage the growth of the backlog of applications.

Once passed, the new measures will apply to applications received on or after February 27, 2008.

Those who applied prior to February 27, 2008, will not be subject to the new measures and will be dealt with fairly under the existing rules.[CIC]

A Q&A about the proposed amendments is made available by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) here.

I'll be watching this news closely and will be posting developments as it is made available by CIC.

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