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November 2011 Visa Bulletin

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As of November 10, 2011, Centralized Intake Office already received a total of 3,809 applications from the 29 in-demand occupations under Ministerial Instruction 3 (MI-3). Only a maximum of 10,000 applications will be received with a cap of 500 for each occupation. The cap for Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management and Registered Nurses have been reached few months ago. The next three applications nearing its cap are:

3131 Pharmacists 476
3113 Dentists 256
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists 261

For the complete list, visit

Please note that the list is not a real-time tally and is meant as guide only. There are information circulating in some forums that the cap for nurses had been reached as early as mid of July 2011 and that those filed after July 15 will all be returned unprocessed. We have a couple of applications (nurses) received by CIO on July 15 that was already returned because according to the letter, the cap was already reached. We have yet to receive the assessment results for nurse applicants filed July 15 onwards. But for other occupations, those filed up to August 12, already received the assessment results.

The first published MI-3 update on the number of applications received was dated July 21 and with only a total of 26 applications from registered nurses. If the cap was indeed reached as early as July 15, it sure did not serve as a guide. It somehow mislead many applicants. We have written Minister Kenny to protest this grave injustice.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada News
Super Visas for Parent and Grandparent
Parents who wish to visit their children in Canada may now stay there for 2 years straight without applying for extended stay. This super visa is a multiple entry temporary resident visa and is valid up to 2 years.

New Language Test for Citizenship Applicants
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney is proposing changes to to improve citizenship program. If approved, it would change the way that citizenship applicants aged 18-54 prove their language ability.

Canadian Visa Office Manila Visa - Processing Status
If you have your file number from Canadian Visa Office - Manila, you can actually check your application status online. But to give you an idea on what application date is currently being processed by Manila Visa Office, here's a breakdown based on the period applications were filed:

Pre-Feb 27, 2008 FSW Applications
Applications filed before February 27, 2008 are those filed mostly using the Simplified Application Process. Current average proceesing period for this batch is 62 months. Canadian Visa Office in Manila is currently processing applications filed November 2004. No movement for several months now. If you are under this batch and you , are you willing to join a group of fellow applicants in filing a case against Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

Ministerial Instruction 1 (MI-1)
MI-1 applications are those filed at Centralized Intake Office from Feb 28, 2008 to June 25, 2010. Applicants under this batch are those with at least one year experience in of the 38 high demand occupations. They were originally promised 6-12 months processing period. The promised processing period materialized only during the first few months but since there's no limit on the number of applications to be received, it resulted to unanticpated backlogs. The Canadian Visa Office in Manila has now started to process those we filed November 2010.

Ministerial Instruction 2 (MI-2)
MI-2 applications are those filed at Centralized Intake Office from June 26, 2010 to June 30, 2011. Applicants under this batch are those with at least one year experience in any of the 29 in-demand occupations and were promised 6-12 months processing period. There's a cap of 1,000 applications per occupation, and the Canadian Visa Office in Manila is current so far.

Here's where to check your application status online:

Success Stories

French Language Test did the trickMs. Romina Santos is a Registered Social Worker, single, without Master's Degree and with only one year related work experience. Even if she has a relative in Canada and gets a perfect score in IELTS, she wouldn't have met the 67 points pass mark if not for the additional points from French Language.

She's now working as a Care Manager
Ms. Maria Angeles Escasa's application was filed under Ministerial Instruction 1 (MI-1) as Training Officer. She is now working as Care Manager for a nursing home.

Friends reuniting in CanadaMs. Charina Lukban learned about our office through her friend, Ms. Ruby Calasag, who was able to get a PR Visa through Canadian Immigration Consultancy. They both applied as Registered Nurses. She will soon be joining Ms. Ruby in Canada!

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nicole said...

Hi Apol,

our family's application is one of those under SAP filed before feb. 27, 2008.

How do you go about filing some complaint? actually I checked website the processing time is now 77 months!! wla nba tlgang pigil to? they just keep on adding more months to process for us na nasa backlog????

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