Strike Causes Delays in Visa Processing For Students

October 02, 2013
Strike Causes Delays in Visa Processing For Students

Many young people dream of travelling abroad to study, however, if their dream was to go to Canada to learn, then they might find that they have to put it on hold for a little while longer. In recent months there has been a visa dispute that led to a delay in visas being processed, and the delay in visas continued until recently. By all accounts, there is still a bag log when it comes to visa processing, and there is likely to be delays for some students wishing to come to Canada to study.

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) has been raising awareness of this issue and has managed to get itself some media coverage regarding the difficulties students are having obtaining their visas. The ACCC said recently in a newsletter that many students are still waiting for a visa. The Canadian press has also carried stories about the visa delays.

The main issue behind the strike by the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers was a pay dispute, and as there was a long stalemate when it came to reaching an agreement, this led to a backlog of visa applications.

However, in recent days, there has been an end to the dispute and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) published a statement on their website stating that they had reached a tentative agreement with Canada’s Treasury Board. 

Commenting in the statement, which can be found on the PAFSO website, PAFSO President Tim Edwards said that Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) is satisfied with the agreement. Through compromise on both sides this agreement was possible. 

We welcome the spirit of positive engagement that our employer brought the latest discussions. This agreement is a triumph for free and fair bargaining in the national public service.
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