Citizenship and Immigration Canada offices and Canadian Consulates world-wide are currently reporting significant delays in processing of all Canadian Immigration applications currently pending at offices within Canada or at Consulates abroad. Those applications submitted at the port of entry continue to be adjudicated on-the-spot.

The delays are directly related to the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union currently taking strike action. The strike action and negotiations have recently escalated and PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of government offices in Canada and overseas, including New Delhi, Mexico City and other major Consular posts. It has been reported that PAFSO's recent effort to target Canada's 15 largest visa processing centres worldwide with rotating strikes has resulted in a 60 to 65 % drop in visa issuance at targeted missions and a 25 % drop system-wide, according to the union.

Posted processing times for both temporary and permanent resident visa applications do not take into account such work stoppages.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is leveraging various processing alternatives in order to expedite the processing of applications to the extent possible. Although there is a significant amount of pressure on the Canadian government to settle this matter, it is unclear when the matter will be resolved. We therefore encourage you to contact our Canadian immigration team so that you can submit your Canadian immigration applications as far in advance as possible.