There is no doubt that the single biggest frustration for people who wish to immigrate to Canada is the length of time it takes to process their applications. For example, across all Visa offices, only 50% of skilled worker applications are being processed within 35 months, and 80% within a whopping 4 years. The situation is worse for recent immigrants who wish to sponsor their parents – on average it is taking up to 8 years to process these applications.
Canada is in a fortunate situation given that it is the top choice in the world for immigrants after the United States. However, if Canada continues to seek the best and brightest around the world to enter this country, it will have to reduce processing times dramatically. Applicants with highly marketable skills and education can choose from a number of countries that can offer economic opportunities and a great lifestyle.
If processing times in Canada remain high, the individuals and families that we seek may choose to start their new life elsewhere, rather than wait years to enter Canada. I urge immigration policy officials to reduce processing times dramatically to ensure that Canada remains the destination of choice for immigrants around the world.