Immigration Officers, stationed at 12 Canadian missions abroad, walked off the job on June 6th, 2013 in the most significant escalation since Foreign Service Officers began a work-to-rule campaign earlier this year. The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), the union governing the immigration officers, argues that their members are paid substantially less than other public servants doing similar jobs but remain in Canada. Missions in London, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong as well as missions in China and India have been affected.
The result of the Immigration Officers walking off the job is an immediate cessation in the processing all types of immigration applications including Permanent Residence Applications, Temporary Resident Visas, Temporary Resident Permits, Work Permits, and Study Permits.
For additional information, please read The Globe and Mail’s story, “Canadian diplomats in 12 countries walk off the job”, by Kim Mackrael.