Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Service Canada (SC) have indicated that they are working towards reducing processing times for Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) applications by foreign skilled workers.
Foreign skilled workers with an offer of permanent employment from a Canadian employer and a positive AEO from HRSDC generally have an improved chance of having their applications for permanent residence approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Currently, the time to process an AEO application averages more than four months. HRSDC and SC would like to see this time reduced to three to four weeks by the end of 2011, bringing it in line with the processing time for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). HRSDC and SC have stated that they have allocated additional resources in order to achieve this objective.
Moreover, in order to avoid the duplication of AEO documentation and verification requests from employers, HRSDC and CIC have stated that they are developing a Global Case Management System (GCMS) and improved processes for information sharing.
On the immigration side, the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) of CIC — where all individuals in the Federal Skilled Worker Class must submit their applications for permanent residence — has been directed to flag files involving AEOs for priority processing once the immigration application is submitted. This is also expected to contribute to improved overall processing times.
For further information regarding the process and requirements for obtaining a AEO, or regarding the requirements generally in applying for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, please contact us.