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Published: 12 Jun 2013

Canada's Immigration Officers on Strike

The following update was posted on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website:

Notice – Strike Action


June 11, 2013
— The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of offices in Canada and overseas.

Posted processing times for both temporary and permanent resident visa applications do not take into account work stoppages.

Anyone applying for a visa should anticipate delays and submit their application as far in advance as possible.

Contingency plans are already in place to ensure all offices remain open and are providing at least a minimum level of service. Priority will be placed on urgent humanitarian applications.

CIC continues to closely monitor the situation.


International Student Services is aware of the situation, and recommending that students apply for their Study Permits, Work Permits and Visas as early as possible.  Students should also expect delays.

Affected Canadian offices abroad include: London, Paris, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Dublin, Hong Kong, and Canada's delegation to the European Union.

All Foreign Service immigration officers in Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi and Chandigarh have also walked off the job, which will have a significant impact on applicants from China and India.

We will do our best to provide timely updates as the situation evolves.