Embassy Processing Times, August-September 2013

As a public service to our Friends, Clients and their families, we have gathered the latest information on the processing period for the most common temporary or nonimmigrant categories (Visitor, Tourist, Working) as well as Permanent Resident Applications for those with sponsorship in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the USA.  The data provided were obtained August 29, 2013 and is likely to remain the same for the first two weeks of September.

TEMPORARY / NONIMMIGRANT VISAS

Country

Tourist

Student

Working

Australia

1 month

14-90 days

3 months

Canada

15-30 days

13 weeks

5 months

New Zealand

5-12 days

10-15 days

10-20 days

UK

15-40 days

15-40 days

15-40 days

USA (Interview required)

Same day

Same day

Same day

 

PERMANENT RESIDENT VISAS

AUSTRALIA

As of 13 August 2013, the Australian Visa and Immigration Office is processing/assessing/allocating applications lodged within the period indicated below.

Visa Sub-class Permanent Visa Category

Application Lodgement Dates*

Partner Visa Applications (309, 100, 300)

21 June 2013

Aged Dependant Relative (114)

19 May 2013

Remaining Relative (115)

19 May 2013

Career (116)

19 May 2013

Child (subclass 101, 102, 117, 445)

24 June 2013

Citizenship by Descent

20 July 2013

 

UK Settlement Applications 60 to 120 days (12 to 24 weeks)

CANADA

Strike Ongoing - 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 online as far in advance as possible. Electronic applications give CIC much more flexibility in moving case processing to offices with the capacity to handle them.

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.

Permanent Residency based on Occupation, Skills

Federal Skilled Workers (FSW)

There are four classifications under the FSW Category based on when the applications were filed and received.  During and before the term of former Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, changes have been made and court actions were initiated to have a semblance of uniformity and consistency.  For applications filed on or before Feb. 27, 2008, notices have been sent to inform applicants that processing of their applications will stop and refund checks are to be mailed.  Click here for the refund form if you have not received a notice for refund yet - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5741E.pdf

Despite the elimination of 280,000 FSW applications (this is the official estimate of those that applied on or before Feb. 27, 2008) applicants in the 3 other categories (below, still face a long wait).

Visa Office

Processing Times IN MONTHS
for applications received

BEFORE February 27, 2008

BETWEEN February 27, 2008 and June 25, 2010

On or after June 26, 2010

Beijing – China

72

36

19

Colombo – Sri Lanka

97

48

21

Hong Kong – China

75

42

14

Islamabad – Pakistan

97

56

Manila – Philippines

96

32

15

New Delhi – India

97

37

19

Singapore – Singapore

93

36

26

Sydney – Australia

32

21

 

Provincial Nominees and Quebec Skilled Workers – 11 months.

Quebec Skilled Workers – 7 months.

Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed 53 months for Investors, No data for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed

NEW ZEALAND

Partners, spouses – 10 working days, unless there are medical or police clearance issues.

Skilled Migration, Expression of Interest – 6-12 months from invitation to apply for residency for Philippine applicants; 4 to 6 months for applicants in the New Zealand UK office. Applicants have 4 months to submit a complete application (documents must be independently verifiable since points are assigned for each of the factors being claimed for points such as age, education/qualifications; experience and other bonus points if applicable.

If you need assistance in lodging, following up your application, you may call the Immigrant Visa Center at +632-834-8717, or complete our FREE online assessment.

 

 

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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