Major immigration backlog in Canada leaving thousands of trained health-care professionals on the sidelines – CTV

Aug. 5, 2022

As hospitals across the country struggle under the weight of major staffing shortages, an immigration backlog described by lawyers as the worst they have ever seen is leaving qualified health professionals sitting on the sidelines.

In February 2021, Sharlene Ullani applied for a permanent resident card after years spent working in Canada as a caregiver for children. Eighteen months later, the internationally trained nurse with more than seven years experience hasn’t heard anything from Immigration Canada about her application status.

Online, the government estimates the processing time for new permanent residence cards is 2.6 months, or 81 days, as of Aug. 2.

“I’ve been sending emails two times a month and the answer is always the same: ‘You have to wait, thank you for your patience. We have this pandemic’,” she told CTV National News.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/major-immigration-backlog-in-canada-leaving-thousands-of-trained-health-care-professionals-on-the-sidelines-1.6015229

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