CIC Issues Summer Freezes to Applications

By Author: Admin | July 9, 2012

For anyone interested in immigrating to Canada or for those who are curious to know what is happening with our immigration policies, there is some very important news to report. The Canadian government has released information detailing some important policy changes. These changes began as of July 1, 2012 and are in force now.

The Ministerial Instructions from the DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION (CIC) are to temporarily refuse to process new applications from certain application areas. This will have a profound influence on immigration for the foreseeable future. The areas most heavily impacted by these new instructions are applications from the: Economic Class.

Within the Economic Class there is a temporary pause on the 1)Federal Skilled Worker class- excluding those applications for the PhD eligibility stream and those with a qualifying offer of arranged employment- 2) Federal Immigrant Investor Class, 3) Federal Entrepreneur Class. Regarding the Federal Skilled Worker class, complete applications for the PhD eligibility stream, will continue to be put into processing until the annual cap of 1 000 is reached. Applicants in the Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Immigrant Investor Classes whose applications are received on or after July 1, 2012, and which do not meet the criteria described above, shall be informed that their application does not qualify for processing and their processing fee.

What about the people who had already applied before July 1? The Instructions do not apply to applications already received before the first of July, 2012, those shall be considered for processing and are not impacted by these changes. The Instructions do not apply to refugees or protected persons or persons making a request on Humanitarian or Compassionate grounds from within Canada. However, any requests made on the basis of Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds from outside Canada that accompany any permanent resident application affected by Ministerial Instructions- but not identified for processing under the Instructions- will not be processed.

What about Family Class applications? These new instructions do not relate to the Family Class applications. There will be no new freeze on applications for this category. However, the Instructions, from November 5, 2011, that froze new sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents remain in place.

Who does this not affect? One important group is the international students. In 2011, there were over 98,000 international students. They fall into the category of Temporary Resident applications which were not impacted. All complete applications for temporary residence, including Temporary Foreign Workers, Foreign Students and Visitors shall continue to be placed into processing immediately upon receipt. Unless specifically mentioned in these new Instructions, all other categories shall continue to be processed in the usual manner. The CIC expects that application intake will resume in January of 2013.

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