Visa Processing Situations for Overseas Personnel “Are Completely Ridiculous”

Wesley Richards stares grimly at the gleaming vans and trailers lying idle at his transportation company’s garden in Delta, B.C.


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“I have been waiting around for extra than a year…in a single situation since January 2019, to get my foreign motorists processed at the Higher Fee in New Delhi,” Richards informed New Canadian Media.

“I have 14 purposes that have been accredited for get the job done permits and 14 drivers have submitted their visa applications…and I can’t get any reaction about the delays,” said Richards, a B.C.-based trucking corporation Human Resources manager.

Richards, whose enterprise has been vetted by Employment and Social Improvement Canada (ESDC) to hire overseas long-haul truck drivers, is not alone.

He is the face of hundreds of employers throughout the region, waiting for foreign workers whose visa applications are caught in a increasing backlog at Canada’s international missions, claims a assume tank specializing in labour mobility.

“Unless addressed, expanding processing situations are most likely to have a adverse impact on our business enterprise functions within just the future year,” reported the Canadian Staff Relocation Council (CERC), soon after surveying a wide cross-segment of the field that depends on accessibility to intercontinental capabilities and expertise.

“In 83 for each cent of businesses, cancelled or delayed projects are the most popular consequence of the delays,” the believe tank explained in a report entitled ‘The Affect of Processing Delays of Work Permits and Immigration Visas on Canadian Employers.’

Virtually two-thirds of the study individuals used over 2,000 personnel and a person-third hire above 10,000 personnel.

Most assume the delays to result in dropped revenues.

“The present-day processing situations are totally ridiculous,” read the report, quoting a study participant.

A number of CERC tips are that Immigration Canada:

CERC is also suggesting the generation of a ‘Trusted Employer Program’ to be certain companies receive effective processing. 

Several Canadian businesses are organized to spend a high quality to get quicker obtain to skilled immigrant workers due to the fact the processing time for momentary international personnel is at the moment about 4 months, mentioned CERC.

“When questioned if they would be ready to shell out an further payment for expedited processing of purposes, ranging involving 10 and 25 for every cent earlier mentioned present-day processing fees … to protect further governments expenditures … 89 for every cent of respondents answered favourably,” reported CERC.

Richards said a ‘Trusted Employer’ program would go a prolonged way to alleviate the significant labour lack in the trucking business.

In accordance to study by Trucking HR Canada and the Convention Board of Canada, vacancies in the sector is projected to surpass 25,000 positions inside the next 3 to 5 many years.

“The acute lack of truck motorists in Canada is felt outside of the trucking industry”, confirmed Kristelle Audet, Principal Economist, The Convention Board of Canada. “Trucking is a lifeline for vital industries such as forestry, agriculture, auto manufacturing, building, as well as wholesale and retail.”

“The driver lack has specifically led to delayed prepared expansions by trucking operators, and resulted in shed sales in the truck transportation industry by an approximated 4.7% in 2018, equal to roughly $3.1 billion in lost revenues…Without significant motion, vacancies are anticipated to soar to 25,000 by 2023, an boost of in excess of 25% from 2019,” explained the review.

1 key difficulty faced by trucking businesses wanting to get international staff is brought on by visa officers duplicating Labour Market Effects Assessment (LMIA) approach, reported Richards.

A Labour Market place Impression Evaluation (LMIA) is a document issued by Work and Social Improvement Canada (ESDC) that an employer in Canada may need to have to get right before using the services of a international employee.

 A favourable LMIA will exhibit that there is a need to have for a foreign worker to fill the position. It will also clearly show that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is obtainable to do the task.

This foundational doc is issued following an exhaustive assessment of the employers’ economical information, heritage in the small business, insurance policies papers, staff records, and so on. But visa processing officers, evidently are not contented with the function of their colleagues at ESDC and are asking applicants to provide all the very same records to them, mentioned Richards.

“They also seem to be to translate some of the documentation provided in a distinctive way from ESDC based on their discretion… Why is there a need to have to copy this get the job done?” he mentioned. “The owing diligence completed by ESDC right before it problems a favourable LMIA ought to be adequate for a visa processing officer to admit the track record, requires and needs of the employer.”

Fabian Dawson, Nearby Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Canadian Media