Jul 29, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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Get you visa application in as early as possible.

That’s advice from Citizenship and Immigration Canada after The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers  started rotating strikes at 15-international visa offices today.

Tim Edwards is president of PAFSO.

He says foreign service officers are trying to close the wage gap with other government employees who do the same jobs  working as policy analysts, economists, lawyers or other positions.

Educators are expressing concern about students not getting their visas in time to start their school year in Canada and about them applying elsewhere to study because of the strike.

International students are estimated to bring 8 billion dollars to Canada’s economy every year

Tourism associations are also urging a quick resolution to the dispute.

It’s puts the economic impact on tourism in Canada because of the rotating strikes at 280-million dollars.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada says all visa offices remain open and are providing service.

The department has hired temporary staff to process applications.


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