Federal task force assesses Canadian Embassy delays

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Due to the backlog of Canadian immigration, including applications for visas and permits, there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding international students facing delays in attending school in September.

Dear Mr Brown,

The delays at the embassy are unbearable. I’m still waiting for the permit. Is the Canadian government doing anything to improve the situation?

–MD

Dear MD:

Federal task force

A federal task force has been established to review service delivery, identify gaps and areas for improvement, and make recommendations to improve the quality and efficiency of government services, including airports, passport offices and people awaiting immigration. applications to be processed.

Providing an update on the progress made so far, the government touted improvements including:

• hiring of more than 700 new employees for the passport offices

• Reduce call center wait times for passports

• establishment of more “pick-up services and sorting measures” of passports

• Hire 1,800 additional security screening officers at airports

• reduce flight delays, cancellations and baggage problems

• Hired 1,250 new employees to tackle the backlog and speed up the processing of immigration applications.

Assessing the crisis in service delivery, task force co-chair Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth Marci Ien said it was the result of demand exceeding far more serious was the federal government’s ability to respond after travel restrictions and border closures ended. exacerbated by reduced processing capacity due to remote working and social distancing.

International students

Due to the backlog of Canadian immigration, including applications for visas and permits, there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding international students facing delays in attending school in September.

Wait times are unprecedented in recent history. Many students will likely have to postpone their studies.

Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said the department began about a month ago to consider whether it could prioritize students whose studies were due to start in September, without compromising the efficiency of the overall effort. He said the Immigration Department is processing more study permits than ever before, but the delays are due to the huge increase in demand at this stage of the pandemic. There is a 17% increase compared to the same period in 2021.

Many universities and colleges have also raised their concerns with the Department of Immigration. Some institutions will offer a distance option for students unable to travel to Canada at the start of term because they have not yet received a visa.

Critics have observed that there doesn’t seem to be any reason why some requests are processed on time while others are not. However, a recent report by the House of Commons Immigration Committee shows that processing times for student visas have increased significantly since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Government standards state that the application should only take about two months to process, but between December 2020 and November 2021, the average wait time was 82 days. Some requests took up to six months to be processed.

Ironically, Fraser said he isn’t worried about tarnishing Canada’s reputation as a destination of choice for international students, as Canada is having its best year in terms of accepting record numbers of students. Fraser said he expects international student visa processing times to return to government standards by the end of the year.

Please visit JAMAICA2CANADA.COM for more information on Canadian permanent residence programs, including express entry, study and work program, visas or appeals, etc.

Antonn Brown, BA, (Hons), LLB, MSc, RCIC, is an Immigration Lawyer and Accredited Canadian Education Agent of JAMAICA2CANADA.COM – a Canadian Immigration and Education Company in Kingston. Send questions/comments at [email protected]

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