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December 2011 Visa Bulletin - White Christmas

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The main difference between working abroad as a contract worker and as an immigrant is that as an immigrant, you have the option to bring your family with you. There is no need to leave your spouse and kids just to earn in dollars. It is more difficult for an overseas contract worker considering the sacrifice of leaving one's family just to make ends meet. That is why this Coca-Cola Where Will Happiness Strike Next: The OFW Project made a hit in online forums and social media websites. It touches the sacrifices and difficulties faced in working as an overseas contract worker - away from one's family.

But those who opted for a long-term solution, by immigrating to Canada, do not necessarily have the same problem. They are now enjoying a White Christmas!

Let's Get Your Application Filed

You signified your intention to have a long-term plan for your family by signing up a consultancy agreement with Canadian Immigration Consultancy. Let us then get your application filed!

If your occupation is in the current list of priority occupations, get your application filed now. The cap may reached sooner than you expect. Get in touch with your assigned consultant to address all your application concerns.

If your application is not yet filed because your occupation is not in the priority list, get your application forms and documents ready now. On or before July 1, 2012, a new list of priority occupations may be released through another Ministerial Instruction. Make sure that you will be able to file your application immediately if your occupation is included in the priority list.

What's New?

Free Online IELTS Simulation Test
For clients of Canadian Immigration Consultancy who can't visit our office for the FREE IELTS Simulation Test, you can now do the IELTS simulation test online!

First Time Immigrant Fare for 2012
Moving to Canada? Book your flight now via Cathay Pacific and avail of discounted fare as First Time Immigrant.

New Application Process for Provincial Nominee Program Applicants
Effective December 1, 2011, all provincial nominees must submit their permanent resident applications to CIC's new centralized intake unit in Sydney, N.S. This is after receiving the nomination certificate from the province.

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 proceesing period for this batch is 77 months. Canadian Visa Office in Manila is currently processing applications filed November 2004. Last month, an application filed Nov 25, 2004 received a notice from the visa office to update his application forms and other documents.

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 latest notice we received under this batch was for application filed (documents submitted to Visa Office after CIO assessment) November 18, 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.

Ministerial Instruction 3 (MI-3)
MI-3 applications are those filed at Centralized Intake Office from July 1, 2011 to present. The latest assessment notice we have received so far are for those filed August 19, 2011. Please note that there applications classified as Registered Nurses, Pharmacists and Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management that were filed earlier than August 19 that are yet to receive notice from CIO.

If you already have a File Number from the Visa Office, here's where to check your application status online:

December 2011 Visa Bulletin - White Christmas

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roiberador said...


I have an application as a skilled worker for Canada last Feb 2005. I was thinking that there was no hope for it since when I got a letter from them and was informed that waiting time would be 36 months. It is already 2011 and no response from them. So, based on this article that they are still processing application from Nov. 2004, it is still possible that my application is valid. What are your thoughts on this?

nicole said...

CIC is soooo disappointing. For how long we under SAP should wait?... I mean they keep on adding up the number of months for processing times.. and NOTHINg's changed that until now they are still processing 2004 applicants.. This is waaaaay too unfair for all of us. Can anyone make an appeal to them to give us some attention. we've been waiting so long they've put us on the back burner for too long.

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