Processing Changes at Canadian Visa Offices in the United States

Processing Changes at Canadian Visa Offices in the United States

Effective January 29th, 2013, a number of changes have been made to Canadian visa offices in the United States. These changes have been made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with the intent to better expedite the processing of applications for Canadian temporary and permanent residency.

As part of the overall restructuring, the Canadian visa offices in Seattle and Detroit will be closed, and their files will be transferred to other offices in North America. In addition, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. will no longer be processing applications for Temporary Resident Permits, Rehabilitation, and Authority to Return to Canada. These will now be processed in either New York City or Los Angeles.

Moving forward, applications from within the US or Canada for Temporary Resident Visas, Study Permits, and Work Permits should be submitted online or to the designated visa office. All study permits will be processed at the visa office in Los Angeles, while all work permits will be processed at the visa office in New York.

Applications for Temporary Resident Visas, Study Permits, and Work Permits that are currently being processed at the Detroit and Seattle visa offices will remain at these offices until they are finalized. Any applications that have been submitted via mail to these offices, and which have been postmarked after February 5th, 2013, will be returned to the sender.

Applications for Temporary Resident Permits, Rehabilitation, and Authority to Return to Canada that are currently being processed at the Detroit, Seattle, and Washington D.C. visa offices will be transferred to New York City for processing. Any mail applications that have been postmarked after February 5th, and any in-person applications at Washington D.C. after January 29th, will be returned to the sender. Applicants who have already sent in supporting documents to the aforementioned offices need not resend the documents.

For help in filing your application contact me at nlisboa@pacelawfirm.com or call 647-789-1961 / 416-560-1464 (Toronto) in São Paulo (11) 4040-4423 (Brasil). Visit our page on facebook and follow us http://www.facebook.com/ImigracaoParaBrasileiros.

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