May 07, 2012
NEWSLETTER

OUR OFFICES
Montreal – Head Office
2200 McGill College Avenue, Suite 320
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 3P8
Tel: (514) 499-1170
Fax: (514) 499-1063
Email: info@canadaiip.com
Website: www.canadaiip.com


We also have representatives in:
Dubai
Tehran
Iran
Beijing
Hong Kong
Guangzhou
Shanghai
Vancouver
CLOSURE OF THE VISA OFFICE IN TEHRAN AND TRANSFER TO ANKARA
Closure of the visa office in Tehran (Iran) and Transfer of its business lines to the Regional Program Centre in Ankara (Turkey)

Effective immediately, the Visa and Immigration Section of the Canadian Embassy in Iran, Tehran, is closed.

Responsibility for Tehran's lines of business has been transferred to Ankara. These lines of business include temporary resident (TR) applications (visitor visa, study permit, work permit), permanent resident (PR) determinations, finalizing or passport handling for PR applications being processed in other visa offices. This transfer will consolidate all overseas visa processing for Iran to Ankara.

To read the Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 417 - April 29, 2012
VISA SERVICES NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT CERTAIN CANADIAN EMBASSIES AND HIGH COMMISSIONS
Notice - Visa services no longer available at the Canadian Embassies in Germany and Japan and at the Canadian High Commissions in Malaysia and Bangladesh

Effective April 30, 2012, the Visa and Immigration Sections at the Canadian Embassies in Germany (Berlin) and Japan (Tokyo) and the Canadian High Commissions in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Bangladesh (Dhaka) are closed to the public.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is making changes to the way it operates in Canada and abroad. It is stepping up the pace of modernizing the way it works. It is reducing overhead costs, and continuing to streamline programs and operations by moving processing to where capacity exists and centralizing some of this work in Canada. The decision to close these visa offices is tied to that strategy.

Residents and nationals previously served by these visa offices will now be served by visa offices in neighbouring countries as outlined below.

New temporary resident applications:

Applicants previously serviced by the visa office in Kuala Lumpur should now submit their application to the visa office in Singapore.

The visa office in Singapore will also now begin accepting all temporary resident applications for those previously serviced by the visa office in Dhaka. Applicants can also submit their application through the visa application centres (VACs) in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.

Anyone previously serviced by the visa office in Berlin should now submit their application to the visa office in Vienna.

Finally, applicants previously serviced by the visa office in Tokyo should now submit their application to the visa office in Manila.

Applicants wishing to apply under the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's (DFAIT) International Experience Canada program (IEC) should continue to submit their application to the Canadian Embassies in Berlin or Tokyo. Any application that makes it past the first screening will be sent by DFAIT to the appropriate visa office in Vienna (for Berlin) or Manila (for Tokyo) for final processing.

New permanent resident applications:

All new applications for the Federal and Quebec Skilled Worker Programs, Federal Immigrant Investor Program, Provincial Nominee Program and Canada Experience Class should continue to be sent first to the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (CIO-S). All new sponsorship applications must also first be mailed to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (CPC-M). Applications that have received positive eligibility will be transferred to the visa office now responsible for further processing.

Self-employed persons and Quebec-selected business applications should continue to be sent directly to the visa offices, and their submission follows the same redistribution of visa services as listed above.

If you already submitted an application:

Temporary resident applications that have already been submitted at visa offices in Kuala Lumpur, Dhaka, Berlin, and Tokyo will continue to be processed to completion.

All permanent resident applications currently at visa offices that have been closed will be transferred to the visa office now responsible, where processing will resume.

Economic and Family Class applications that have already been submitted to the CIO-S or CPC-M and have received positive eligibility will be redirected to the appropriate visa office. Applicants are not required to contact the offices to ensure their application is redirected.
COMING INTO FORCE OF INFORMATION SHARING REGULATIONS ("AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES")
An amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) came into force on April 10, 2012 authorizing Citizenship and Immigration (CIC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to disclose information relating to the professional or ethical conduct of representatives, authorized under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), to their respective governing bodies; when the officer has determined that the conduct of the person is likely to constitute a breach of their professional or ethical obligations.

To read the complete article click here: Operational Bulletin 401 - April 10, 2012
CHANGE IN PROCEDURES FOR PROCESSING QUEBEC FAMILY CLASS APPLICATIONS - MODIFIED
This Operational Bulletin (OB) provides information on the change in procedures for Quebec family class applications that were implemented by the Quebec Ministère de l'Immigration des Communautés culturelles (MICC) on March 25, 2011. These changes apply when a sponsor lives in the province of Quebec, or abroad, where applicable, and meets the federal requirements to sponsor a member of the family class.

To read the full article: Operational Bulletin 295-A - May 7, 2012 
QIIP NEW INTERVIEW PROCEDURE
Only for BIQ Montreal

Due to the wait time for some of the applicant's to receive their visitor visa to Quebec, the QIIP has decided to proceed in a different manner. They are asking the applicant's to firstly apply for their visitor visa and notify the MICC when the applicant has received it.  The MICC will schedule the applicant's selection certificate interview during the validity of the applicant's visitor's visa.

In addition, the MICC has advised of new letters they will sending out to the Immigrant Investor applicant's, please see the sample letters below:
Only for BIQ Hong Kong

Due to the high volume of QIIP applications received in China, the BIQ will process the QIIP applications in two processing lines: one line will only process applications deriving  from China and the other will process all the other applications.
OUR MIDDLE EAST OFFICE HAS MOVED
As you might already know, Ms. Natalie Marleau will be moving back to the Montreal office in June 2012. However, we will still have an office in Dubai that will be frequently visited by the IAS lawyers to assist you in your files.

As of May 15, 2012, our Dubai office will move to Code Business Tower located in Al Barsha, Dubai. Ms. Ghizlane Achar will be our assistant and contact person at our Dubai office.

You can reach her by email at:  gachar@iagto.ca

Therefore, from May 15th onwards, any documentation (Federal after CSQ or updates for QIIP files or new files) shall be sent ONLY to our head office in Montreal where the IAS lawyers will review them.

2200 McGill College Av. #320
Montreal, H3A 3P8
Fax: 514-499-1063

If there are any queries regarding QIIP and FIIP files please contact any of the IAS lawyers directly, so we can assist you in a timely manner.

Rest assured that we shall continue to provide you with continuous support and assistance for all your pending and new immigration files.
 
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