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Mainlanders swell Canada immigration backlog

posted Jul 18, 2011, 10:02 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jul 18, 2011, 10:05 PM ]
Stephanie Chan Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hongkongers seeking to emigrate to Canada are among a backlog of 28,000 - the majority believed to be mainlanders - who applied here and have been waiting for at least four years.

Jacobus Versteegh, immigration program manager at the consulate, said Hong Kong receives more applications than Beijing, and therefore could not work through the backlog as quickly.

He denied that nothing was being done about the backlog. Of the 80,000 visas set to be issued worldwide this year, a quarter will be from backlogged cases before 2008, he said.

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