CIC Reporting Fastest Processing Times for Work Permit, Study Permit and Visitor Record Extensions in Years!!
As of today, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta is reporting the fastest processing times it has had in years. The Case Processing Centre (CPC) is the office responsible for assessing applications to extend stay or change conditions of work permits, study permits and visitor records for temporary residents currently residing in Canada. In the past, a straightforward application to extend a work permit with the same employer could take anywhere from 3 to 4 months, which meant that temporary foreign workers and their Canadian employers would need to plan well in advance to extend an offer of employment and in turn the individual’s work permit. Individuals who required a Labour Market Opinion or a TRV would need to plan even further in advance, particularly if they had travel plans. In an effort to address the very lengthy processing times, Citizenship and Immigration Canada implemented an online application process, which was designed to address the backlog and speed up processing. Nearly two years since its inception, it appears the online process has started to yeild results. Or perhaps the speedy processing times are a result of more effective management within the CPC, or maybe a more efficient use of resources or shuffling within departments. Whatever the cause, the results are clear – temporary resident documents are being issued and FAST!
Effective January 18, 2012, CIC is reporting its fastest processing times in years, taking an average of 15-16 days to adjudicate applications filed online, and only 30-46 days to adjudicate applications filed by mail.
This comes as very welcome news for many temporary residents currently seeking to extend their status in Canada. It does, however, bear some implications on those workers seeking to extend permits that rely on an approved Labour Market Opinion (LMO). LMO applications across the country are still taking very long to process, with processing times in Ontario, for example, most recently being reported at approximately 12 weeks. As work permit extensions will not be approved before an LMO is issued, timing is critical for these types of applications and advance planning even more vital.
For further information on Canadian work permits, visitor records, or study permits and the extension process, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP!