Skilled Workers Visa Application Delays
Skilled workers who filed under the old IRPR system (the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations SOR/2002-227 Governs and regulates the status of Refugees) have received letters to say that their cases will not be processed as fast, and in some cases, will not be processed at all.
Many have been told that it is due to their occupation. And have been given the option to withdraw their applications in exchange for a refund fee and ROLF. The Department of Citizenship and Immigration charges fees to partially recover the cost of providing some of these services to the public. Since the processing fee helps defray the cost of processing your application it cannot to be refunded even if your application is unsuccessful. The only fee that is refundable is the Right of Landing Fee (ROLF). This fee will be refunded for unsuccessful immigrant applications or for those who withdraw or otherwise abandon immigration to Canada before the visa has been used.
There have been many announcements by top Ministers for Immigration Canada that have indicated a tightening up of visa processses so that Canada fills its labour shortages in skills areas that are currently needed. If you are considering coming to Canada in the near future, please consult Immigration Canada’s website for updates on changes to the Skilled Workers and Professionals categories.
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