By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Mon Nov 30 2015
British endocrinologist Satya Dash has lived in Toronto for four years and loved his job and the city so much he applied for Canadian permanent residency in August 2014.
With his work experience in Canada, the Cambridge-educated physician applied under the old Canadian Experience Class or CEC, which at the time took less than 12 months to process.
In July, Dash was supposed to start as a staff physician at the University Health Network and teaching at the University of Toronto, but a backlog has put his new job on indefinite hold.
Across Canada, the backlog — said to be the result of Ottawa’s deployment of much needed resources on the new Express Entry system — has wreaked havoc on the lives of thousands of CEC applicants.
Compounded with a four-month wait in obtaining a bridging visa to extend their stay and allow them to continue to work legally, some are forced to quit their jobs and return home while their applications are processed. The wait time is now at least 14 months.
Read more- http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/11/30/frustration-abounds-for-immigrants-stuck-in-backlog.html