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What You Need to Know if IRCC Goes on Strike

What You Need to Know if IRCC Goes on Strike

As of April 17, 2023, PSAC(Public Service Alliance of Canada), the largest union in the Canadian federal government, said it would go on strike if an agreement is not reached by Tuesday afternoon. As a result, Wednesday, April 18, 2023, there is a possibility that public employees will go on strike. If that happens, it could be the largest strike against a single employer in the history of Canada. Therefore, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would experience delays in processing applications.

What services might affect you if IRCC goes on strike?

The PSAC has 60 days to strike under legal circumstances. IRCC handles applications for visitor visas, temporary residence, permanent residence, and citizenship, so about 159,000 public servants can strike, according to the union. There could be delays with several IRCC services if a strike occurs, meaning some will be partially or entirely disrupted.

Partial or complete disruption of services:

  • Processing applications
  • In-person appointments or events, including citizenship ceremonies 
  • Contacting IRCC via email, phone or social media 
  • Consular citizenship and passport services 
  • Passport services in Canada

Maintaining the services:

  • Apply online
  • Mail applications to IRCC 
  • Use your online accounts 
  • Access some emergency services 

Non-governmental organizations still provide these services:

  • Settlement services from our partner organizations 
  • Health care through the Interim Federal Health Program 
  • Visa application centres outside of Canada

The situation might change often, so please check the most updated accurate information on their official website or digital media.

Source: Government official announcement

Disclaimer: The information is obtained directly from the websites in the source section. The information has been gathered as accurately as possible at the time of writing, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness. Please check their official website and digital channels for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
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