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Government Backtracks on Foreign Skilled Worker Backlog – Resumes Processing of Applications

The Government of Canada has issued an operational bulletin instructing immigration officers to continue processing Federal Skilled Worker applications, including those filed before February 28, 2008, until proposed legislation to eliminate the FSW application backlog comes into force. This reverses earlier instructions from the government that ordered immigration officers to stop processing applications received before February 27, 2008.

Under the proposed legislation, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will close the files and return the applications, along with the fees originally submitted, for all of the FSW applicants who applied before February 27, 2008 and for whom – as of March 29, 2012 – an immigration officer had not made a selection decision.

Earlier processing instructions had indicated that, effective March 29, 2012, immigration should not commence or continue to process any FSW applications received before February 27, 2008 unless a selection decision on that application had been made before March 29, 2012. Now, under the new instructions to immigration officers, they should continue to process FSW application, including applications made before February 28, 2008, until the new law is passed.

For further information on Government’s proposed legislation to eliminate the FSW backlog or with respect the FSW program generally, please contact the immigration law specialists at Green and Spiegel LLP.