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January 2012 Visa Bulletin - Happy New Year

Saturday, January 7, 2012

On or before July 1, 2012, a new list of priority occupations is expected to be issued through another Ministerial Instruction. Are you ready for this? If you are still interested to live and work in Canada to give your family a better quality of life, you have to act now! Let us get your application ready!

How to get your application ready?

1. Log in to and start filling up the online forms.

2. Submit the required documents for checking. A simple mistake like birth certificate entries may cause delay, problem. Do not wait until the last minute to correct what is needed to be corrected.

3. Schedule an IELTS Examination. Please remember that the required module is the General Training. Take advantage of Free IELTS online simulation test. It is best if you will take a formal IELTS review before taking the exam.

4. Have your job description reviewed and enhanced. You need to document your employment history within the last ten years. Having these documents signed by your previous employers may take time.

5. If you are under the Privelege Plan, consider upgrading to Apply Now Pay Later Plan to get the full package. Your objective should be to be able to send your application to Centralized Intake Office within the first week once the new list is out.

If your occupation is included in the current priority list, you only have until June 30, 2012 or until the 500 cap is reached to get your application filed. Time is of the essence. Let's get your application filed!

What's NEW?

Modiefied Payment Form
In its effort to simplify and stremline the application process, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has been introducing changes in the system, process and application forms. The latest of which is the modified fee payment form.

Positive Assessment for RN as LPN
We told you before of the possibility for a Registered Nurse to qualify as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Well, there's an applicant who tried and fortunately got a positive assessment from CIO.

First Supervisa Issued at Canadian Visa Office in Manila
Filipinos are really fast. Citizenship and Immigration Canada started to accept applications for Parent and Grandparent Supervisas on December 1, 2011. Guess what? The first Supervisa was issued at Canadian Visa Office in Manila!

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 20, 2010. Current processing time under this batch is 17 months. Also noted is the delay in passport request/visa notice after the medical examination is done.

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. The latest who received Medical Examination requests under this group are those who received posistive assessment from CIO dated September 1, 2011.

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 October 11, 2011. Please note that there are applications classified as Registered Nurses, Pharmacists and Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management that were filed earlier than October 11, 2011 that are yet to receive notice from CIO. Most nurse applicants whose applications were filed after July 15, 2011 are being returned unprocessed.

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

Let's help Typhoon Sendong Victims
There are ways more than one to help our kababayans in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan who were victims of typhoon Sendong.

May the year 2012 be the year all our dreams come true. Happy New Year!

January 2012 Visa Bulletin

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