Canadian Government Wipes Out 200,000 Waiting Skilled Worker Applications In 2012 Budget

2012 budget erases skilled worker applications that have been waiting processing for years

The 2012 Federal Budget was announced yesterday, and along with getting rid of the Canadian penny, the federal government also did away with the current waiting list of 200,000 foreign worker applications. The workers’ application fees, totaling about $130 million, will be refunded to them.

The affected applications are those that applied before February 27, 2008. Those who have had their place in line effectively erased will be told to apply again.

At the same time, the government is attempting to speed up the process for getting skilled immigrants into Canada by working with the provinces and employers, reforming the skilled worker point program to grant more points to immigrants who are younger and fluent in English or French, as well as do a better job of recognizing foreign credentials.

The Canadian immigration department’s budgets were also slashed by over $100 million over the next three years, both in operating costs and settlement program funding.

While those skilled workers who applied to come to Canada over five years ago can have their money refunded, they won’t get those years of their life back. How can we prove that Canada is a wonderful place to live and work when things like this happen?

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Varuna

    Its depressing and quite inhumane and unempathetic.

  • komal

    how it is possible that cases will be wiped off. people have wasted their 10 years of life waiting for the right answer.they have no hopes other than this.

    • Komel thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this matter. Immigration can be very frustrating for people when they don’t know all the ins and outs of each matter. The gov’t doesn’t make it easy and this is why it is important to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer on your matter.

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