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How will the Strike of Govt Workers in Canada Affect Immigration Applicants?

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Following the strike by a work union representing more than 155,000 employees, which would affect most government agencies, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) warned that delays and interruptions can be expected in the processing of applications and passport services.

The organisation that represents federal employees, the PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada), went on strike on April 19 after failing to reach an agreement with the government on concerns relating to pay and respectable working conditions.

The IRCC issued a warning that some Government of Canada facilities may not be accessible to the general public and that services may possibly be delayed or not provided.

According to the Canadian immigration agency, delays and interruptions can be expected in the processing of applications, appointments involving immigration, contacting IRCC by phone, email, or social media, citizenship ceremonies, consular passport and citizenship services, and extending one’s stay in Canada.

While there may be a labour interruption, several IRCC services will still be accessible, including online application submission, shipping applications to IRCC, utilising one’s online accounts, and accessing emergency services.

Additionally, non-governmental entities will continue to provide their services, such as settlement assistance through IRCC partner agencies, healthcare via the Interim Federal Health Programme, and visa application hubs outside of Canada.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Programme (TFWP) and the collecting of biometrics are also expected to see delays, according to ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada), which is a significant player in the nation’s immigration system.

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