This increase in the waiting time is being attributed to the increased backlog of applications which is likely to reach 1.6 million (by the year 2012). And this backlog is the result of the points system and the first-come-first-served process.
Backlog of Canada’s immigration applications has already reached one million figures today. Let’s analyze various factors responsible for such a backlog and the resulting situation---
• The first culprit to be named in this backlog of applications happens to be the first-come, first-served basis system of processing Canadian visa applications. This has resulted in an increase in the annual limit of 240,000 new permanent residents cross the figure of 265,000.
• Other than the first-come, first-served system of processing, another vital factor that has attributed to increased backlog is the point selection system for skilled migrants. Under this system, immigrants can become residents of Canada even without any job, Canadian education, or family ties in Canada.
• In the year 2000 and 2001, about one million applications for Canada visa were filed after the Liberal government decided to increase the pass mark for the applications so as to make the application process difficult and help decrease the existing backlog of applications.
• Contrary to the claims by the Canadian Immigration Minister Diane Finley that Canada is lagging behind to countries like Australia and the UK in the global competition for talent, due to the fast processing of applications in the above named nations, the fact is that processing time in all nations is most probably the same. And this has contributed for increased waiting time in the coming years.
Hence, there is a need to look into the situation and help reduce the wait time for Canada by finding some solution to the problem of increasing backlog of Canadian visa applications.