Is the strike still on ??

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Subject: Is the strike still on ??
Hi buddies, I was wondering if the CHC, Buffalo strike is still on...I have heard no further news and I was wondering if anybody here heard anything. I have applied under the skilled worker categoty and am waiting for my first letter but haven´t heard anything for about 3 months now....
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Last I knew of the strike, the only offices that may be directly affected were those within Canada. The applications being handled by the processing centre in Buffalo weren´t affected, atleast to my knowledge.

From what I´ve seen/heard, it generally takes the Buffalo RPC roughly 4-5 months to send out Acknowledgement of Receipts (AOR) for Skilled Worker applications. Assuming you sent in your application in October you should hopefully receive something from Buffalo early next year (January/February).

I applied via spousal sponsorship (which are considered a priority by most visa offices located outside Canada) and it took me two months to receieve my AOR.

My best advice is just to be patient, from talking to other people I´ve learned that Buffalo is one of the busiest visa offices and it takes them awhile to get things done. If you don´t hear anything from them by March, I would recommend faxing or mailing them to see if they can tell you anything.

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From CIC website

Advisory on Service Delivery during Strike Activity
Some Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) employees are currently in a legal strike position. Therefore, service in certain offices across the country may be disrupted.

Meanwhile, Treasury Board Secretariat and Public Service Alliance of Canada representatives are still working to reach a new collective agreement.

For information on the current status of collective bargaining, please visit the Treasury Board of Canada Internet site
Q1. In the event of a strike, will services continue to be provided? Will they be limited?

A1. Service will depend on the level of strike activity. If there are rotating strikes, some services will be delayed or sporadic. In the case of a full strike, designated staff will deal with essential services only (see Question 2).

Q2. Which services are considered essential?

A2. Essential services are those considered necessary for the safety or security of the public. Eligibility decisions on refugee claims (front-end security screening, fingerprinting) and income assistance to government-assisted refugees are considered essential.

Q3. How will a strike affect people seeking tourist visas?

A3. There will be no impact on this service. Staff working at Canadian missions and consulates outside of Canada are not affected by the current job action.

Q4. How will a strike affect people trying to immigrate to Canada?

A4. Applications for permanent residence require months to process, so short or rotating strikes will have little impact on people applying from within Canada.

Q5. What effect will a strike by CIC staff have on the public in general?

A5. Many services at CIC will be disrupted according to the level of strike action. For example, citizenship ceremonies will be delayed. Call centre service will not be available during a strike and afterwards service may be slower than usual as the call volume will probably be very high. Applications for permanent resident (PR) cards will also be delayed. Clients who have not received their PR cards will still be able to travel abroad, but they will have to apply for a travel document at the Canadian consulate in the country they are visiting in order to return to Canada.

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there is no strike activity at the moment. union workers are voting on a contract offer. They are still in a ´stike position´ but there is no current job action. Only disruption was about 3-4 days back in October and it only affected CIC offices within Canada itself.
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I have applied for a work visa for three months and I was told to wait until the security clearance comes not up until now note that the tribal people who did not take Moavgahakther than three weeks Do you have aware of how possible that the wait after than

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