/Government worker strike in Canada hampers immigration processing

Government worker strike in Canada hampers immigration processing

Over 1.50 lakh Canadian public sector employees, affiliated with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) union, went on strike on April 19, one of the largest strikes in the country’s history. This has totally or partially disrupted most services provided by the Canadian government, including immigration services provided by its immigration unit.
He Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has stated that Canadian employers and foreign nationals should expect delays in: application processing; in-person appointments or events such as citizenship ceremonies. Delays in the IRCC response are expected. The strike could also result in longer wait times at Canadian ports of entry, including airports and land crossings. Services offered by non-governmental organizations, such as visa application centers outside of Canada, will be available.
Currently, Canadian-based immigration lawyers are unsure how long the strike is expected to last. Negotiations on salary increases and other benefits failed before a deadline set by the union.