waiting times to immigrate to

QUESTION: Have made an application 18 months ago under the skilled worker
category with the London Visa Office an am continually monitoring the CIC
web-site to view status and application waiting times. I am frustrated to
see that these projections are increasing mainly due to my age as I am now
41 and worry about what age I may be if or when residency is granted. Are
there any other routes that could be considered i.e. Is it possible to
employ the use of any legal organisation to attain work placement and handle
the legalities of attaining some kind of temporary work status so as may try
to build some foundation for permanent residency. If so can you inform
myself of any that you have positive experience of and would recommend.
Obviously any other advice would be greatly welcomed as I do want jeopodize
the progression of my current application, many thanks and regards.
david ingram replies:
Processing times are almost impossible to speed up.
Processing Times at the London Visa Office:
30% of cases are finalized in 20 months
50% of cases are finalized in 25 months
70% of cases are finalized in 43 months and
80% of cases are finalized in 49 months
Processing times (in months) for some other visa offices are shown below:
London 20 25 43 49
Moscow 15 49 62 66
Paris 5 7 11 19
Rome 24 41 50 55
Vienna 3 6 9 14
Warsaw 9 43 59 66
Buffalo 16 21 33 40
Caracas 8 11 15 17
Guatemala City 5 8 11 14
Havana 5 9 13 16
Kingston 3 6 10 14
Lima 4 6 10 12
Mexico City 5 7 11 13
Port-au-Prince 5 7 11 15
Port of Spain 9 13 18 21
Santiago 7 9 13 15
Sao Paulo 6 8 9 11
I don't know of anything else that would speed you up other than making sure
that your paperwork is perfect. Of course, if your brother was Stephen
Harper, it might coincidently move a little faster but political
interference or special treatment is not the norm because of past problems
in different offices.
Interestingly, there is little correlation between your desire to come now
and processing time.  Another person I know received their paperwork in
about 18 months much to their consternation.  They are just not ready to
come that soon and it will be another two years before they have wound down
their affairs and can make the move.
Thankfully, Canada allows up to three years (IN THE EXTREME) to make the
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