Attention Fall 2013 start international students. Please review the following release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) regarding a current strike that impacts visa application processing. We encourage you to follow CIC’s advice and submit your study permit and/or temporary resident visa applications as soon as possible.
The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of offices in Canada and overseas.
Posted processing times for both temporary and permanent resident visa applications do not take into account work stoppages.
Anyone applying for a visa should anticipate delays and submit their application as far in advance as possible.
Contingency plans are already in place to ensure all offices remain open and are providing at least a minimum level of service. Priority will be placed on urgent humanitarian applications.
CIC continues to closely monitor the situation.