What is the change? The Consulate General of Canada in New York is facing a backlog of work permit applications that is causing significant delays in processing.

What does the change mean? Work permit applications are taking three to four months to process.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits, study permits and visitor visas.
  • Who is affected: Employers, foreign work permit applicants and business visitors requiring a visa.
  • Impact on processing times: The backlog has slowed down normal work permit processing.
  • Business impact: Businessesmay be temporarily affected by the long wait times to get permits for foreign employees.

Background: On Dec. 12, the Consulate General of Canada in New York announced that its Visa Application Centre (VAC) contractor was closed until further notice. The closing of the VAC has caused a slowdown in processing. Pending applications that were filed with the VAC continue to be processed, but the usual processing times of three to four weeks for a work permit have been extended to three to four months.

BAL Analysis: Employers and assignees should expect longer processing times and plan accordingly until the backlog is cleared.

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