Canadian diplomats demonstrating in Washington May 3, 2012.
Photo Credit: Charles Dharapak/AP

Strike by Canadian diplomats worldwide – ends

For latest update (“tentative agreement” September 26) see below
(June 7, 2013) After weeks of sporadic and limited work actions, Canadian diplomats have started worldwide strikes after negotiations fell apart with their employer, the Canadian government.

“After nearly two years of negotiations and a four-month hiatus in talks, the Government returned to the table with the same position they presented back in the fall of 2011,” says Tim Edwards, President of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), in a press release Thursday (June 6, 2013).

Tim Edwards, president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (Photo: Charles DharapakAP)

“It goes against every instinct in our body,” said Tim Edwards, president of PAFSO in an April interview with RCI. (Photo: Charles DharapakAP)

“The Government’s unwillingness to compromise is an affront to the principles of free and fair bargaining, and to the tremendous value and dedication Foreign Service Officers offer to Canadians and their elected representatives,” said Edwards.

The association started with work-to-rule tactics, no overtime, not answering e-mails after 5PM, leaving cell phones at work. That followed with information pickets in Ottawa, then Washington.

The association wants parity with public servants in Canada who do similar work to theirs. It says the diplomats make thousands of dollars less than others in the public service. This even though, postings abroad bring all kinds of extra financial challenges that public servants in Ottawa do not have to face.

A PAFSO spokesperson confirmed late Friday that all Foreign Service Officers in London, Ireland and Paris (not OECD) have withdrawn services. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in London on Tuesday and goes to Paris and Dublin before a G8 summit in Ireland.

The withdrawal of services affects Canadian immigration departments in Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, and Chandigarth.

All Foreign Service officers have withdrawn services from Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Washington and the EU in Brussels.

More information:
PAFSO press release – Canada’s Foreign Service Officers walk off job in Ottawa and around the world – here
PAFSO text ‘Why is Canada’s foreign service on strike?’ – here
RCI interview with Tim Edwards PAFSO President (audio from April 25, 2013) – here



Update: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
In addition to the job actions already mentioned above, all Foreign Service immigration officers in Mexico City began withholding services on Tuesday, June 11. Info – here More pickets and more service withdrawals are planned later this week.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website has a notice of visa delays due to strikes – here

In other related news, the 2013 Canadian Foreign Service Officer Awards will be announced at a dinner hosted by PAFSO in Ottawa on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The awards were created in 1990 by PAFSO to recognize exceptional achievement by career Foreign Service Officers.

Update: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Canadian diplomats picketed outside the UK Parliament in London today as Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived to deliver his speech before the British Parliament and the House of Lords. They also ‘Come Together’ on Abbey Road:

Striking Canadian diplomats on Abbey Road (Photo: PAFSO)

Striking Canadian diplomats on Abbey Road (Photo: PAFSO)

Update: Thursday, June 20, 2013
In a press release Wednesday, June 19, PAFSO updated where its members were striking: “Manila, Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chongqing and Astana. Immigration officers are striking in Delhi, Chandigarh, London, Moscow and Mexico City. In Tokyo, economic officers are also on strike. Additional withdrawals of service are impacting dozens of divisions at CIC [Citizenship and Immigration Canada] and DFAIT [Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade] headquarters in Ottawa.”

“The escalated scope and intensity of service withdrawals this month are a direct consequence of the federal government’s refusal to engage meaningfully with its employees on the issue of pay equity,” said Tim Edwards, PAFSO President in the press release. “While we’re eager to get back to work, these disruptions will continue until the Treasury Board offers a fair deal to our members.”

Edwards adds: “Resolving this situation would cost less than 2.5% of the total Foreign Service payroll – a tiny fraction of the economic impact that the Government’s inflexibility is creating,”

On Tuesday (June 18) Huffington Post Canada published a letter from Edwards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper titled “The Canadian Diplomats’ Strike is About Fairness, Mr. Harper” See here

On Thursday (June 20) PAFSO organized an information picket outside of the Treasury Board Secretariat in Ottawa.

The central issue of the conflict continues to be the diplomats wanting parity with public servants in Canada who do similar work to theirs.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada on its website continues to warn of visa delays. See statement here. There appears to be no specific information on the disruptions on the website of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Update: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
More than 100 Canadian diplomats picketed outside the Prime Minister’s office in Ottawa at the Langevin block Tuesday (June 25) during the lunch hour.

“This picket is meant to stress to the Prime Minister our deep frustration with the Government’s lack of meaningful engagement in contract negotiations,” said PAFSO president Tim Edwards in a press communique released before the picketing.

Update: Thursday, July 18, 2013
PAFSO offers binding arbitration to Canadian government:
“In light of the severe and mounting impacts of job action by Canada’s Foreign Service on our country’s tourism, education, air transport, and agriculture sectors – to say nothing of the effects which delays in visa and immigrant processing are inflicting on applicants and their families around the world – PAFSO has today offered the President of the Treasury Board to take our dispute to binding third-party arbitration.”

“PAFSO’s offer will expire at noon on Tuesday, July 23. If we do not receive acceptance in writing from the employer by then, we will deem the Government to have rejected the offer.” More information – here

Update: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Just before the PAFSO deadline, federal cabinet minister Tony Clement accepted binding arbitration “subject to certain conditions” which were not revealed in the press release. In that same release, the following statement: “We continue to take steps to ensure the timely processing of visas.”

Later in the day, PAFSO released a statement thanking the government for its decision: “PAFSO appreciates the Government’s attempt at finding a resolution to this dispute and remains hopeful that a responsible way forward can be agreed upon by both parties.”

The statement also suggested PAFSO would have to review the conditions proposed by Minister Clement: “PAFSO is reviewing these conditions and will follow up directly with the Treasury Board. PAFSO will need to assure itself that any arbitration mechanism allows for a full and fair hearing of arguments on both sides – an objective we are sure the Government shares.” More information – here

On its Twitter account, PAFSO President Tim Edwards wrote “Until conditions for arbitration resolved with Govt, no change in @PafsoApase‘s #dipstrike measures.”

Update: Friday, July 26, 2013
Talks between PAFSO and the government fell apart as it became public that one of the conditions the government set for accepting the association’s offer of binding arbitration was actually the key issue in the negotiations: parity with public servants in Ottawa who do similar work to the diplomats. (For more information see here.)

As a result of this, and with regret, PAFSO announced that on July 29, services would be withdrawn from Canada’s 15 largest visa processing centres:

Effective Monday, in order to persuade the Government that binding arbitration remains the responsible way forward to resolve our dispute, PAFSO members will withdraw all services until further notice at Canada’s fifteen largest visa processing centres abroad: Abu Dhabi, Ankara, Beijing, Cairo, Delhi/Chandigarh, Hong Kong, London, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, Paris, Riyadh, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai.

Update: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Using the Twitter hashtag #FSatwork [Foreign Service at work] striking Canadian diplomats gave people a chance to see some of the things their colleagues were doing on Tuesday as part of their duties as diplomats in embassies and consulates around the world.

Update: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The striking diplomats at a hearing of the Public Service Labour Relations Board presented their position that the government is bargaining in bad faith. PAFSO says when it asked for binding arbitration, the government responded with a set of conditions that basically predetermined the outcome. The diplomats want parity with public sector workers in Ottawa who do similar work.

Both sides presented their positions Wednesday to the Public Service Labour Relations Board – a date for a decision is not known.

Update: Friday, September 13, 2013
The Public Service Labour Relations Board has ruled the Canadian government has been bargaining in bad faith in its negotiations with striking diplomats: The government “violated its duty to bargain collectively in good faith and make every reasonable effort to enter into a collective agreement,” concluded the board.

The board did not recommend any remedial action on the part of the federal government. It “encourage[s]” all sides to “renew their attempts at arriving at a mutually agreeable process under which final and binding determination … can be used to break their impasse, in the event that their inability to resolve their differences at the bargaining table continues.”

In a statement released late Friday afternoon, the president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) Tim Edwards said:  “Today’s decision shows it is time for the Prime Minister and the Government to do the responsible thing and reach a negotiated settlement which would put an end to this damaging strike.”

What happens next is not clear.

Interview on Friday, September 13, 2013, with PAFSO president Tim Edwards about the ruling and the strike – here

Update: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Diplomats are holding a mass walkout at the headquarters of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to protest the decision of Canadian government to appeal the ruling of the Public Service Labour Relations Board on a complaint by the diplomats that the government was negotiating in bad faith. The ruling confirmed it was, and suggested the two sides get back to negotiating. The government has opted to appeal the ruling.

Earlier this summer, the lead minister in the the negotiations, Treasury Board President Tony Clement tweeted the following:

Details of Canadian government’s request to Federal Court of Canada to set aside the Labour Board’s ruling because it was “unreasonable” and “without foundation” – here

Update: Wednesday, September 26, 2013

The Canadian government and striking diplomats have reached a “tentative” agreement. PAFSO, the union representing the diplomats, says it “has ordered an immediate suspension of all strike measures and work to rule.”

Statement from Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) – here
Statement from Minister Tony Clement, President Treasury Board – here


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85 comments on “Strike by Canadian diplomats worldwide – ends
  1. Fatimah says:

    There is nothing that suggests that Canada is heaven for christ’s sake. I am not against the strike but why collect people’s passports and original copies of cridentials and not photocopies,knowing fully well that their applications will be supressed for ages due to the strike.

    My school resumes in Jan,2014 and I applied for the study permit since July 9.the embassy after sighting all original copies of my credentials and collecting 2 copies of each documents,they went ahead and still made me part with the originals.Word of advoce,if you will not issue visas until after 5 years,do not hold on to people’s passports!!!!!!! It is a. Ery very bad diplomatic practice……and yet they claim Africa is unorganized,they say my country is a 3rd world nation( Nigeria)….pleaseeeeee,we are far ahead of this incompetence.U til now,I always had a different impression about Canada

  2. Misery says:


    I am applicant for work permit live in care giver, I’am so disappointed of the decision made by officer in Canadian Embazy, this is so unfair. I have waited for almost 9mons to get the result letter and the result was REFUSED because they REVOKE THE LMO. On my part they have to consider how long I waited for this result and the money I paid for to lodge my application in the Embazy. I don’t understand why even a small people like me needing a job abroad have to face this situation. I’am so depress and emotional hoping for good future then it turns to nothing. Officers we pay you service, all we wanted is RIGTH AND JUST FAIR DECISSION. you’ve all have to consider everyone who applied in your office is not working at the moment and waiting for good hope from your office. PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE SITUATION AT THE MOMMENT, I PRAY AND HOPE TO FIX THIS MATTER IMMEDIATELY.

  3. Caroline Longford says:

    Please remember where the impasse is, the govt, not the workers. Many people are directing their pleas and anger in the wrong direction. I too am totally distraught about it. I’m distraught by the ‘working’ system that seperates me from my spouse for so long with no regard to the huge emotional and financial distress it causes. Flights, time off work, zero information and uncertainty of knowing they can say no and totally have wasted your time for years when you could have been implementing plan b. It’s truly disgraceful.
    For those who don’t realise this, the House is not in session til September s so no, the strike is not resolved.
    I can only hope that the issue is taken seriously and is given due attention in an expedient manner.
    I do believe these workers should get equal pay for equal work, I also believe that the employees dealing with visas etc should be CANADIAN and less embassy staff should be outsourced or rather, local hire.

  4. Caroline Longford says:

    I hear you, I have waited 2 years too for my husband and thought the torture was coming to an end in November. Considering the outcome is not guaranteed, the stress is already unconscionable when the system is ‘working’; however, in not sure where you are getting this info from. Surely it will not cause another 2-3 year delay, it could only cause a delay equivalent to the length of the strike. Even then, these are rotating walk outs, so hopefully the delays will be shorter than that. Also is 8 or 9 months what the CIC visa office for your spouses country guideline gave you or just how long you think it should have taken? Just curious, and a little concerned! I definitely agree it shouldn’t take so long, but the govt is the bad guy here, not the foreign service workers. I wouldn’t be surprise if Harper delighted in this shut down. It’s what he’s been doing since he got in. Making the vice tighter and tighter. I’m considering abandoning my plans here, and trying to find a way to live there. It’s just unbearably cruel.

  5. amrik says:

    I got married in feb n its been nine months nd here I’m still waiting for my wife when will this strike end and me nd my family can all be together, please canadian govt hear our family pain nd work out the difference please

  6. balu says:

    I applied for study visa on august 6th 2013 again after refusal of my first atempt but till now i didnt get any response………i am in trouble…as the admissions in india will close…its humble request to visa officers plz come back.

  7. danish says:

    hy dear embassy pls give up ur strike pls pls pls pls pls

  8. Neelam says:

    When the strike will ends I applied for Permanent worker visa for Quebec in March and I need my as soon as possible , please tell me IS strike affect my Visa?

  9. artanis says:

    My brother has applied for study permit since Feb 2013, and till now there’s no resolution. He got acceptance from Australia in March but he turned it down in favor to come to Canada to be with his Canadian siblings.
    He had to postpone his admission 3 times already, and looks like he will have to postpone it for the fourth time…

    Please get this horrible strike fixed, your playing with people’s futures here and tarnishing the image of Canada.

  10. shveta says:

    pls do stop your strikes now taking too long time you guys are hurting people’s feelings . my husband is there and i m in india after marriage we didn’t live together since 3 years.we really want to live together and surely others have problem too those who were applied and they stuck like me pls come on job…its my humble request to all of u ..pls understand others feelings…

  11. kiran says:

    i applied for study visa on june 20 2013 but till now i didnt get any response………i m in trouble…as the admissions in india will close. u ppl r ruining our lyf…its humble request to visa officers plz come back.

  12. Vijaya Sequeira says:

    My PR Renewal is under process for the past 8 months. I have planned my visit outside Canada for X’mus & New Year holidays.
    I hope and pray that the situation gets resolved by both parties on PRIORITY.
    When everything is okay, one doesn’t see urgency of such strike. People like me are affected by the strike.

  13. Andy says:

    I really hope they will come up with a negotiation. this is affecting me alot. I m applying for a student visa, and i haven’t got any reply. The problem is i already quit my school in HK, and pay all the schools fee for the school i m applying in Canada. now all my plans are ruin.

    • Sophie says:

      Yeaaa that’s what’s happening to me too!!!! I have no idea what to do now. My parents want me to apply schools in hk until January… I hope my school in Canada allows me to have a late start of school….

  14. John Jacobson says:

    This is the most under-covered News Item in the Canadian Media- to whom the word ‘Union’ is an evil curse. Additionally, word of their effect on mediation of this dispute is not available becausse it is unwanted by Newsmakers in Canada. Freedom of the Press in Canada is available only to the people who own one.

    • Zil says:

      Absolutely. Priding themselves on freedom of speech, but essentially these types of preferential news items are found all over the world, Canada included. I’m wondering how this will affect me living abroad. I am Canadian and my passport is expiring in October, with plans to stay and get the passport renewed here in Colombia. Yikes.

  15. Marjorie Cayaba Belanio says:

    Does it affect application for Travel Document(Permanent Resident Abroad)?

  16. aman says:

    Just an update weather the strike has been resolved or not? I have been recently married and missing my lovable husband. I guess peoole who are in long term distance relationships know that it is not easy; definitely not! Please stephen harper, if you are reading this blog.. please think in our shoes and reslove the matter. A thousand of blessings is worth a thousands of dollars. Please!

  17. Anmolpreet says:

    we all are suffering a lot as i’ve applied for student visa…don’t know when this strike is going to be over ….itz my humble request to save our future by coming back to ur jobs…may
    God bless…

    • Paul says:

      All the real jobs are in China, India, and South America. I am a 30 year Aircraft design Engineer, who has not found employment for over 5 years now. Bombardier moved everything to China. The Aerospace Industry has moved due to cheap labour. All Industries have followed the same path. There is NO real career jobs in Canada. That goes for Software which too is all being done foe 12 dollars a week in India. Why study here? Why come here? Do you plan on living in poverty the rest of your life? Do yourself a favour and run far from Canada. and I mean RUN!…..Do NOT come here and waste your money. Our Universities will never guarantee you a job. If I can’t find work, there is something really, really, wrong.

      • Roman says:

        Hey Paul, Bombardier has moved much of its infraestructure to Mexico, not only China. Why don´t you try in Querétaro? Is a very nice place, aand who knows? You may like it…

  18. anamica says:

    i beg of u,who al are on strike,pl pl pl resolve ur issues vth ths z ruining lots of careers and lifez…lots of studentz dreams r on stake,loads of parents vnt to meet thr children,loads of jobless ppl vnt to set thr career in ur country….US and CANADA r know fr thr vy of vrkng n d value u gv to a life….nw fr few dollars don make us feel tht v did a mistake by choosing ur country as our destination of life…pl pl pl pl cm back to vrk…v al wil pray fr ur success…m sure ule gt vt u vnt,,bt don put othrs life n career on

    • Cindy says:

      I agree all my life depends on their answer for my visa application ! Am lost ! I can underdtand but it can affect people’s lives and projects !

  19. Hugo says:

    Anyone know if it has been resolved or not?

  20. Jevan says:

    hiii guys i know what all u r feeling this time but atleast see we all r facing the problem as well my wife is in india i applied for visa for my wife we just got married in jan nd we both r seprate from each other as i love her a lot and missing her so much so its a humble request plz go back to ur work

  21. Vandna Sharma says:

    Dear Canadian embassy.pls gv up ur strike.My Husband is in canada and he sponsored me in April 2011.We are still waiting for your m pregnant my husband is thr.its really very hard to live without him.we both are missing our golden please stop your strike.nd us live let us live together.its is ruining our life…

  22. Jasjeet says:

    hiii guys i know what all you are feeling this time but atleast see we all are facing the problem as well my wife is in canada she applied for visa for me we just got married in feb and we both are seperate from each other as i love her a lot and missing her so much so its a humble request please go back to work

    • carmen says:

      I wish they would. I have been trying to bring my spouse for 2 years. It is bad enough that our visa offices are very very slow. Now I am told that the strikers will add another 2 or 3 years to what should be 6 to 8 months. Greedy selfish people to hurt so many for such a long time.

  23. rodelio verzosa says:

    Pls, come back to work, god bless us all

  24. abhishek sharma says:

    when will this strik ends ..?

  25. K S M says:

    I have sent my passports to London office on 15-April-13. The 6 weeks of processing time have become over 13 weeks by now and I am still waiting. I received an email from London office on 25-June-13 that my passports will be despatched via courier within few days; 16 days since then and I am still waiting. My problem is that I’ve got a job in Canada, signed a contract and I should have reported at work on 10-July-13. I am afraid I will lose this job opportunity because of the visa delays. Can anybody tell me when this strike may be ended? I have many things to sort out pending to the visa issuance and receipt of the passports.

  26. kiran says:

    Plz Canadian Govt listen to our pleas….plz come to an agreement with PAFSO….students like me are suffering. I have worked day and night to get into UBC..plz dont shatter my dreams.. my whole future is on stake..i beg before you…plz help me..plz..

  27. bg says:

    Just an update from MX city: Yesterday it was day 27 of my wait for a visitor visa. The CIC quotes 25 days processing time (strike considered). I went in person to see if I could get a realistic estimate to get my papers back and the people there could not have been more unsympathetic. They just plainly “don’t know” anything. I asked if I could get my passport back and they said it will take 5 business days for that.

    I just hope that if there is any justice at all in the world, all these selfish thugs get a taste of this treatment at a critical time in their lives.

  28. mr.singh says:

    dear visa officers pl.give up your strike for the sake of the poor peoples who wants to inter canada to meet reletives. my medical is expiring pl. so pl.stop strike and talk with the solve peacefully.thanks

  29. manish patel says:

    Hey all immigration officer please think that what is normal people’s fault.., why they suffer in your fight. I want to go meet my daughter there.., but nothing in my hand, I am stuck..

  30. Delhi says:

    Dear VO,

    We understand that you are fighting for equality and it is your fundamental right.
    But we also want you to understand the plight of people who are suffering i.e. those people who have already submitted the passport in the embassy for stamping. A passport is an important document some people has resigned other cannot switch jobs and few cannot take new opportunities due to non availability of passports. I think you should stop taking additional passport request and atleast relieve those people whose passport is with the embassy. I pray that the government will fulfill all your demands and you will be back to work soon.

  31. Desperately_Waiting_for_canada_Visa says:

    Do we have any senior officer here whom we can address our pleas?

  32. kevin says:

    Thanks foreign Service. Your strike will add many months and even years to me and my wife’s long painful wait. Will you pay me back for what you have cost me in forms and flights? Will you be around when my wife is in tears every morning?

    What is wrong with you? For a few dollars, you are ruining our lives. Selfish nasty and sick, every one of you.

  33. Younos Nada says:

    I thought I had it all until I was faced by the delays this strike imposes. I had perfect plans and things were lined up perfectly for me, with a job and a marriage and all what a 29 old would be very happy to finally achieve. But all this is irrelevant to them, because they are not satisfied by their income. Their reasons are so lame, because they think they do similar work even though they admit it is done by different competencies; they are just looking at the grass which is always greener on the other side of the river. If they think that processing a form and all kinds of bureaucratic work is the same then they might as well get paid as much as a computer… or totally replaced by efficient flawless computers. I wish they come back to their desks before more peoples lives are devastated by their selfishness. They are talking about differences up to $14,000 per year, and I am sure many people are loosing much more than this on plane tickets for families that didn’t get the visa on time. Let alone once in a life time opportunities that people miss, and failed marriage plans or any other emotionally harming effects they are inflicting on citizens of all countries in the world. I am not sympathizing with them at all, and I wish to take action.. what can I do? Can we take them to court? What court should we, citizens of the world, appeal to? Really.. I really want to do this.

  34. Shubham Goel says:

    Hi, I have applied for Transit Visa. Need to go to US on F1 Visa. Many people are suffering because of these strikes. Why don’t these people and canadian government understand and take actions quickly. It has been almost a month now and such a huge strike worldwide is a matter of concern for many.

    What are other people planing to do? Shall we just keep waiting indefinitely and ruin are plans or do something?

    Guys! please help!!

  35. mr.singh says: god pl.stop strike and give us chance to meet our childrens .so pl.stop at lesse u have job.k.

    • John Schatz says:

      I appreciate your concern regarding the strike. However, in Canada we have a right to bargain for better wages. The latter is within our constitution.

      The aforementioned represents equality and fairness in our system.Those fundamentals are enshrined in our constitution

      So in conclusion you will have to wait until this is resolved.

      • Desperately_Waiting_for_canada_Visa says:

        Dear John, You are correct that you need equality and fairness in your system but at what cost? Have you ever realized that this indefinite strike is ruining future plans of so many people. You people are talking about differences up to $14,000 per year, did you ever think about people who are going jobless and students who would lose their admission offers if they do not reach Universities in time?

        You people are indirectly ruining so many lives !! Please stop this !!

      • bg says:

        And in conclusion, you are treating us applicants with the same contempt as you claim your government treats you. You are the very definition of double standard.

        Since you have already ruined the opportunity of a lifetime for me, I wish you the same. May karma take care of you and your petty existence.

      • sonaji says:

        Sir please stop this strike.we have submitted our passports and medical to ndvo.lost our job because of pp submission.we are waiting for our pr visa .please for God sake stop strike.please have some humanitarian concern.atleast issue visa those who have submitted their passports.please stop pleas stop..mentally and physicalkay we are tired.plz do something and stop whom we have to beg.please pafso members you have atleast job.but we dont have job..

      • Nijmatic says:

        Does your ‘right to bargain for better wages’.supercede peoples right to live the way they want? Does it supercede our right to be with our loved ones? Does it supercede the right to a good education? You sir are a greedy, self-centered, and selfish excuse of a human being. .

      • theresa says:

        hi mr.john,this is not fair to do strike these many days. indirectly you are suffering so many people like students,wife and husbands,parents and children.for money sake you people are playing with others future and feelings.this is not the correct way. pls stop the strike and go back

      • Sameer says:

        I understand your right to negotiate. Do you see this getting resolved any time soon? IMO government of Canada are equally responsible for the issue and not just the employees on strike. I wish there was some way employees could exert pressure on government to negotiate their pays without ruining so many lives. I will be applying for worker visa shortly. I am told that it will take 2 to 3 months. I am currently in US and have a job offer in Canada. Dose any one know if 2 to 3 months time is a realistic number?

  36. PR says:

    I propose that the Canadian government take a 1000 dollars out of the salary of each of those workers, who are protesting, for every day they refuse to work, and give the money to those affected in subsidies. Its only fair: Canadians pay for services. No services – no need to pay! Give our money back, you thieves! The government issued the medics back to work quick enough. They should do the same here. It is not money well spent.

  37. Theresa Le says:

    We are waiting for our parents/ grandparents each day after their medical exams…more than eight weeks now…Please issue them visas…How many more weeks do we have to wait? they are getting old now…We did not mind to pay lots of taxes and health insurance premiums to have them here for short periods of time until their deaths…permanent sponsoring takes more than 6 years…we can’t wait…temporary sponsorship now takes more than 6 months…How many more months do we have to wait? Please settle down anything…stop striking…please….enough is enough…


  38. PRADIP KUMAR DAS says:


    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH A LOSS HUMAN/SOCIAL/ECONOMIC/MENTAL PEACE for not being GUILTY======================Pradipkumardas

    • Shubham Goel says:

      Mr. I am empathize with you. I havw to go to states on Student Visa. Need to reach University on time, otherwise, worst can happen. What shall we do? Shall we go to Canadian Embassy in Delhi and talk? Please suggest.

  39. please stop this. its going to spoil many of us carreer

  40. DAT says:

    Please stop the strike. People like us who applied for visa at your embassies are already suffering emotionally and financially. We have no work for 6 months since we filed the application. Our passports are submitted together with the documents as you required and we can do nothing but wait. You should have at least returned our passports while still waiting for your precious decisions so that we can still work and live our lives and pay our bills and everything.Our waiting time is way beyond the 4-12 weeks finalization period stated on your website. Hope you also understand the predicament of those relying on your decision.

  41. Ran vijay kumar says:

    Please come back….
    .at least you have job ..

  42. Ran vijay kumar says:

    Hai visa officers please do not spolie our carrier …after struggle of two years I could get employer and lmo . I am very poor looking for future in Canada . I applied for visa on 1 may but due strike my visa is pending …..please help us

  43. sonaji says:

    When it will get over…due to passport submission we forced to resign our jobs from middle east..plz dnt play with our lives.plz go back to ur visa processing.plz plz plz plz.dnt kill us like us.already waited 3years.we are human beings..dnt hurt like this..plz plz stop ur strike.i am begging u officers.plz do ur work.u are striking for increment we are waiting for visa without job…plz undestand our feelings..

  44. james says:

    These Canadian Foreign Diplomats are whining about hard work, long hours and low pay? 59,000 starting wage – up to 110,000 per year? Benefits most Canadians, or all other nationalities, can only dream of having.

    I will tell you jerks one thing. My foreign born wife worked harder in her first 20 years of life than you will in a lifetime. No, make that 2 lifetimes.

    Now, with this ‘strike’, you are costing many thousands of human beings (most with salaries far less than yours) extreme hardship – financially and emotionally. There is no argument you can come up with, especially one as selfish as yours, that should give you the power to destroy others with such ease.

    • TheAngryStudent says:

      You are right. These people frankly don’t care how they are ruining the lives of people that have it far worse than they do. PAFSO are not people, they are self-centered narcissists.

  45. XYZ says:

    Hello Guys,

    No need to surprise, it’s a common practice for CIC. For me, it seems that, “Keep backlog increasing” is their slogan and “BACKLOG” is their brand.

    I’m expressing my views because I was one of the unlucky guy suffered for selecting Canada to immigrate. I always advise my friends to look for other well developed countries like Australia, EU etc. which are far much better than Canada in all ways of life.


  46. anshuman sahi says:

    hiii guys i know what all u r feeling this time but atleast see we all r facing the problem as well my wife is in canada she applied for visa for me we just got married in feb nd we both r seprate from each other as i love her a lot and missing her so much so its a humble request plz go back to ur work

    warm regards

  47. Saurabh Mehta says:

    Dear PAFSO Members who have initiated the strike, please don’t do this to us we are in the last stage of our visa finalization and if this is what happens we will be in big mess whatever your issues are is with the authorities than why are we being troubled. Please be professional stay on board work and don’t let backlog happen and at the same time please do negotiate with the concerned people this is not what calls you professional of such an esteemed organisation.

  48. Roy says:

    This visa officers already make so much when there are so many people looking out there who are unemployed. There are so many false decisions just go on the forums and look how bad this system is working. There should be back to work legislation thrown on this officers as soon as possible. Or start hiring new candidates as simple as that.

  49. Aim says:

    I have applied for my husband’s visa …plz stop the strike

  50. Sophia says:

    Absolutely ridiculous ..
    THOUSANDS of Visa applicants have spent SO much money, including myself..
    in applying through a loooooong process as it is, now we could be facing longer delays due to what; members from the PAFSO decide to go on “strike” & not even
    for a valid reason in my opinion.
    Down right ridiculous.

    • R. Levin says:

      Excellent point. This is, in my opinion, best way Mr Harper can keep out immigrants. This government are stubborn single minded individuals who are using this situation to both crack down on unions and to limit immigration. He and his party are evil strategists.
      The news media should be reporting this and as a Canadian I am ashamed that they are not!!

  51. Pradeep says:

    Dear visa officers, please this is not the right time for strike. I have applied for student visa and I need to resign and serve notice period at my company before i could go for my mba. I cannot do that without a visa, please atleast prioritize student visas. Seriously you are playing with my life indirectly!! I didn’t expect this from a top nation like Canada !!!

  52. Coolhope says:

    Do we know which countries are on strike? They say 12 countries, which ones, and is this only affecting services on 12 countries or worldwide?

  53. firearm says:

    Please stop your strike..this will only help in tarnishing the image of the country abroad.Truly this is the first time in my life i am hearing that a contry’s diplomats and foreign affairs department is on strike.I could not believe this news when i first read it…Shame on all those ….

    • croy says:

      Guess what Firearm, Canada’s closest ally and new best friend Israel is in the same situation. Its diplomats are also on strike and have been for a few months now. This is not the first time it has happened in Canada and is not particularly exceptional as diplomats all over the world have, at one time or other, been on strike. Get over it and get informed!

      • Roy says:

        How could you support this strike.

        This visa officers already make so much when there are so many people looking out there who are unemployed. There are so many false decisions just go on the forums and look how bad this system is working. There should be back to work legislation thrown on this officers as soon as possible. Or start hiring new candidates as simple as that.

  54. sonaji says:

    Plz stop ur many are waiting for visa.plz dont play with our lives..plz save us..

  55. potential_resident says:

    step up your game canada! if youre a first world nation, prove it!

  56. Free Bird says:

    NO, there officers should not get any thing better. They did not process the cases of about 90,000 files and kept lying for more than 7 years. Finally their applications were terminated. Those lazy, incompetence officers are responsible to destroy the dreams of about 280 000 people.
    They also deserve termination from their jobs. Many of them are corrupted as well, took cash or holidaying cost. Shame to those who tarnished the image of Canada!

  57. Edward Schweikert says:

    It has begun. The state will reduce income by enlarging job description. The only not effected will be the national politicians. Beside, diplomas is a volunteers’ job, the government just them a few coins to cover their costs(?).

    It will work its way downward over time.

  58. ramachandran ramasamy says:

    It should be resolved as early as possible as it is concerned with foreign nationals requirements!.

  59. Jakespeare says:

    Surprise!!! This is not even mentioned on and this report is non-existant on Canadian Press or other news agencies operating in Canada. The Office of the Prime Minister must have their feet down on this newsclip. I’m going to copy the URL to this and email it to as many newrooms as I can find.

    • Ageld says:

      Equal pay is human right here. Canadian Goverment need to think about the losses to business and families. I always supported this goverment but the losses it causing families and business with it wrong plocies and relaxed attitude is just not acceptable. Need to think about supporting this government in next elections.