Citizenship and Canada Immigration (CIC) had made announcements to clear the backlog of immigration applications and make the process faster. As a result about 280,000 applications for federal skilled worker category who had applied before February 2008, was returned back along with the processing fee and any other cost which was realized from the applicants.
The government emphasized that the applicants with an expertise in any of the 29 listed occupations will be given preference.
The government has also ensured that those who do not fulfill the criteria will be getting a chance to apply under a separate category. CIC would be entertaining an additional 1,500 applications per year, under a pilot program every year. CIC suggest that those who have been returned their applications can reapply under this pilot program.
The applicants who were returned back the applications were told to apply again under the new guidelines.
A few days back, a lot many changes have been brought into the immigration criteria which include proficiency in language, preference to younger immigrants with Canadian experience and few more.
Among those who were refused and returned the applications made prior to March 2008, a group went to the court against the decision made by the Federal government.
As an agreement between the group and Justice, it has been understood that CIC will not return back the applications or even the processing fee for another 90 days, which will be counted from June 29, 2012.
The lawyers are expecting that after this settlement court would surely give a fair judgement to the applicants.
People believe that the litigation has helped some of the applicants as they have been informed that their applications and fee would not be returned back.
The attorney involved in the case are quite confident about the judgement being in their favor as the initial signs of holding the return of applications have been taken quite enthusiastically.
Applicants find it disturbing that they have been waiting for years now, and at this point of time they are informed that the applications will be refunded back.
Government wants a faster and radical process of immigration hence it wants to clear off all the backlogs rather than prolonging them any further.