June 05, 2012
NEWSLETTER

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CENTRALIZED INTAKE OF FEDERAL APPLICATIONS
Centralized Intake of Federal Self-employed Persons Class and Quebec Business Class Applications

Effective May 29, 2012, all applications for permanent residence in the Federal Self-employed Persons Class and the Quebec Business Class must be submitted to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Quebec Business Class includes Quebec selected Entrepreneur, Investor and Self-Employed applications.

Centralized intake of Federal Self-employed and Quebec Business applications will add to the business lines already centralized at the CIO: Federal Skilled Workers (November 2008), Federal Immigrant Investors (July 2011), Provincial Nominee (December 2011), Quebec Skilled Workers (December 2011), and Canadian Experience Class (December 2011). 
GUIDELINES FOR NEW APPLICATIONS

Persons applying for permanent residence under the Federal Self-employed or any of the Quebec business classes on or after May 29, 2012, are required to submit their complete application to the CIO.

The CIO will examine each application for completeness. An application must include all of the forms and documents listed in the Document Checklist for Federal or Quebec Business Class applicants to be considered complete by the CIO. Applicants will no longer be able to submit the Simplified application package.

If the application is incomplete, the CIO will return the entire application package (including fee payment) to the applicant. For complete applications, the CIO will enter the application information into the Global Case Management System and allocate the processing fee. The CIO will then forward complete applications to the appropriate office for processing. Offices will process applications according to existing procedures and processing priorities.
APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE VISA OFFICE

Applications received at the mission will be returned to the applicant advising them that they must submit their application to the appropriate CIO address:

Mailing Address:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Self-Employed Class
Centralized Intake Office
PO Box 7200
Sydney NS
B1P 0E9
Canada

Courier Address:
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
Self-Employed Class
Centralized Intake Office
47-49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 5Z2
Canada

Mailing Address:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Quebec Business Class
Centralized Intake Office
PO Box 7100
Sydney NS
B1P 0E8
Canada

Courier Address:
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
Quebec Business Class
Centralized Intake Office
47-49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 5Z2
Canada

For the complete Operational Bulletin 430

RESTRUCTURING OF THE NORTH AMERICAN PROCESSING NETWORK
Restructuring of the North American Processing Network and Closure of the Visa Office at the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo

A. TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Effective immediately, the North American processing network has been restructured to modernize and streamline processing of temporary resident applications abroad. As part of the restructure, the visa section of the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo has been closed to the public and the temporary resident workload at all visa offices in the United States (U.S.) has been re-aligned.

TEMPORARY RESIDENT PROCESSING

New Temporary Resident Visa Applications

New temporary resident visa applications from persons residing in the U.S. may be submitted to the visa offices in either: New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Seattle, or Washington, D.C.

New Study or Work Permit Applications

- Persons residing in:
  • The U.S. - East of the Mississippi River
  • Puerto Rico
  • Bermuda
  • St. Pierre et Miquelon   
Applications should be submitted to the Visa Office in New York

- Persons residing in:
  • The U.S. - West of the Mississippi River 
Applications should be submitted to the Visa Office in Los Angeles

Please note that the Visa Exempt Study Permit Abroad (VESPA) program remains unchanged and continues to be available to U.S. citizens seeking study in Canada (see further details at the following link).

Visitor Visa, Study and Work Permit Applications in-Process

Visitor visa, study and work permit applications currently in-process in Buffalo will continue to be processed and finalized at that office.

Change of Temporary Resident Status for those Residing in Canada

Applications to change temporary resident status for those who currently reside in Canada, which are currently in-process in Buffalo, will continue to be processed and finalized at that office.
New applications to change temporary resident status for those who reside in Canada should be sent to the visa offices in either: New York or Los Angeles.

TEMPORARY RESIDENT PERMIT (TRP), REHABILITATION AND AUTHORITY TO RETURN TO CANADA (ARC) APPLICATIONS

New Applications

Applications for only a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP), Rehabilitation or an Authority to Return to Canada (ARC) should be submitted to the visa offices New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Seattle or Washington, D.C.

For example, if you are a U.S. citizen who does not need a study or work permit and who has a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you should apply for a TRP at a visa office well in advance of planned travel to Canada.

Visa offices in the U.S. will continue to process TRP, Rehabilitation and ARC applications as necessary when an inadmissibility is identified during the processing of a visitor visa, study permit or work permit application.

Applications in-Process

TRP, Rehabilitation and ARC applications currently in-process at U.S. visa offices other than Buffalo will be completed in those offices.

TRP, Rehabilitation and ARC applications currently in-process in Buffalo will be transferred to the visa office in Washington, D.C. for processing.

Applicants who were requested by the visa office in Buffalo to submit further documentation in support of their application and have not yet sent the documents in, should submit them directly to the visa office in Washington, D.C.

Applicants who have already sent in the requested supporting documentation to the visa office in Buffalo do not need to re-submit the documents as they will be transferred with the file to Washington, D.C.

OVERVIEW OF THE U.S. NETWORK

The following is an overview of the re-structured U.S. visa office network. Applications for the temporary resident lines of business should be directed to visa offices as follows:

New York
  • Visitor Visa
  • Study Permit (U.S. Residents East of the Mississippi and Residents of Puerto Rico, Bermuda and St. Pierre et Miquelon)
  • Work Permit (U.S. Residents East of the Mississippi and Residents of Puerto Rico, Bermuda and St. Pierre et Miquelon)
  • Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Authority to Return to Canada (ARC)

Los Angeles

  • Visitor Visa
  • Study Permit (U.S. Residents West of the Mississippi)
  • Work Permit (U.S. Residents West of the Mississippi)
  • Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Authority to Return to Canada (ARC) 

Washington D.C.

  • Visitor Visa
  • Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Authority to Return to Canada (ARC)

Detroit

  • Visitor Visa
  • Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Authority to Return to Canada (ARC)

Seattle

  • Visitor Visa
  • Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Authority to Return to Canada (ARC)
RETURNING PERMANENT RESIDENTS

Returning permanent residents without a valid Permanent Resident card currently located in the U.S. are encouraged to submit the Applications for a Travel Document (Permanent Resident Abroad) to any of the following visa offices in the U.S.: Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, New York, or Washington, D.C.

All Applications for a Travel Document (Permanent Resident Abroad) in-process at visa offices other than Buffalo will be completed in those offices.

All Applications for a Travel Document (Permanent Resident Abroad) in-process in Buffalo will be transferred to one of the visa offices identified above. Applicants will be contacted by the new processing mission in due course. 

Transition Period

The visa office in Buffalo will be closed to the public on May 29, 2012. This office will continue to accept applications which were postmarked on or before May 30, 2012. These applications will be transferred to the appropriate visa office for processing.  

External Client Enquiries

During the transition period, all efforts will be made to minimize processing delays. We ask that applicants and their representatives avoid contacting the visa office during this time. Applicants will be contacted by the visa office as soon as processing of their application is complete.

Please direct inquiries to the appropriate visa office, or, if you are in Canada, to the CIC Call Centre.
For the complete Operational Bulletin 427 please click here.

B. PERMANENT RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Effective immediately, the North American processing network has been restructured to modernize and streamline processing of permanent resident applications abroad. As part of the restructure, the visa section of the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo has been closed to the public and the permanent resident workload at all United States (U.S.) visa offices has been re-aligned.

PERMANENT RESIDENT PROCESSING

New Applications

New Federal Skilled Worker, Quebec Skilled Worker, Provincial Nominee Program, and the Federal Investor program applications should continue to be submitted to the Centralized Intake Office, Sydney (CIO-S).

Beginning May 29, 2012 Federal Self-employed Class and Quebec Business Class applications will also be submitted to the Centralized Intake Office, Sydney (CIO-S).

Family Class applications should continue to be submitted to the Case Processing Centre, Mississauga (CPC-M).

Applications in-Process

Applications currently in process in Buffalo will be transferred to the Case Processing Pilot Office - Ottawa (CPP-O) for processing. All original supporting documents accompanying applications in Buffalo will also be transferred. Those who have already sent documents to the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo, New York do not need to re-send them.

External Client Enquiries

During this transition period, applicants and their representatives should refrain from contacting visa offices. Applicants will be contacted by the new processing mission in due course.

Returning Permanent Residents

Returning permanent residents without a valid Permanent Resident card currently located in the U.S. are encouraged to submit the Applications for a Travel Document (Permanent Resident Abroad) to any of the following visa offices in the U.S.: Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, New York, or Washington, D.C.

All Applications for a Travel Document (Permanent Resident Abroad) in-process at visa offices other than Buffalo will be completed in those offices.

All Applications for a Travel Document (Permanent Resident Abroad) in-process in Buffalo will be transferred to one of the visa offices identified above. Applicants will be contacted by the new processing mission in due course.

For the complete Operational Bulletin 425 please click here.
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