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The backlog was at 640,000 originally, resulting in wait times of about eight years for many skilled workers. Now, there are only about 100,000 applications left.
An estimated 280,000 applications filed before 2008 were thrown out in an attempt to eliminate the backlog, which the government said would have remained until 2017. The government had to refund about $130 million in application fees to those applicants, but some of the applicants are planning on launching a lawsuit over their applications, which they had been waiting for years to be processed.
Canada is going to accepting between 53,500 and 55,300 new foreign workers under the Skilled Worker Program, and it is expected that these applications will only take about a year to process instead of the previous eight years now that the backlog is being cleared.
Are you a foreign worker who has skills that are in demand in Canada? The Skilled Worker Program is a great way for Canada to source talent and skill from outside of the country, while also rewarding those skilled workers with the chance to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
However, please note that these applications are not easy ones, and as you’ve read above – can be time-consuming. Make sure you get it right the first time and aren’t faced with denial of your application because of an avoidable mistake by assessing your eligibility and reviewing your application with a licensed immigration lawyer. We can help you! Simply call us at the number on the top of this page to get started.
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