With such high number of potential Canadian immigrants in waiting, it is being feared that the Canada visa queues could go up to nearly 15 years.
Hence, the time is high for taking a quick action to bring down the waiting times for Canada visa down, stated a top immigration expert and a lawyer, Richard Kurland.
Kurland said that for a total of 80,055 Canadian visas for skilled workers, there are nearly 594,274 applicants in the year 2010.
He added that even the Canadian government does not favor long processing queues for Canadian skilled workers visas and have given clear instructions to the Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to bring down the eligible occupations list considerably. Currently, there are 38 eligible occupations in the list.
Downsizing the number of eligible occupations from the list does not mean that Canada will lose prospective applicants for Canada immigration, Kurland affirmed. Options for those who cannot apply for Canada immigration federally include following----
• Applying for Canada immigration under various Provincial Nominee Programs; or
• Seeking temporary status under Foreign Worker Program and then applying under the Canada Experience Class.
As per the recent estimates, processing times for applicants falling under the category of skilled workers are 57.80 years(Nairobi 8,960 people), 7.69 years (Hong Kong 30,763 people), 12.79 years(New Delhi 117,098 people and 30.06 years(Islamabad).
The warning regarding increasing waiting times for Canada immigration comes in the wake of recent analysis by Statistics Canada that visible minority in Vancouver will become majority in the period of next 20 years.
As per the estimates, out of the total 2 million visible minorities in Vancouver in next two decades, nearly one in three people will be born in Canada.