Thursday, 11 July 2013

Immigration News

Academic Services (Immigration) would like to inform you of significant processing delays for visa applications and update you on a new application option for permanent residence.

Strike by Foreign Service Officers Results in Processing Delays

The ongoing strike by the Professional Service Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union has resulted in significant wait times for the processing of visa applications. The PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of immigration offices in Canada, as well as Canadian high commissions, consulates and embassies overseas. Anyone applying for a visa to visit, work or study in Canada should plan to submit their application as far in advance as possible.

New Application Option for Permanent Residence

As part of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, the provincial government has introduced a new option, the Alberta Work Experience Category (AWE), for people wishing to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants must currently live in Alberta and work full-time in one of the eligible occupations. Depending on the occupation, applicants must also have recent work experience in Alberta for a minimum duration of two or three years. Permanent residence applications submitted under AWE will be accepted until November 28, 2013. Please visit the AWE Category Criteria webpage for further details.

If you have questions about any of these updates please contact Academic Services (Immigration) for more information.