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  • Refugee sponsorship forms updated May 13

    On May 13th, 2015 CIC posted updated versions of the following forms online: IMM5373A Settlement Plan & Financial Assessment form for Groups of Five IMM5373B Financial Profile form (Groups of Five) IMM 5437 Document Checklist IMM5373 Undertaking/Application to Sponsor IMM5413 Sponsorship Application Guide The grace period for submitting older version of these forms is 60 […]

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  • Change in requirement of photos

    There is no longer a need for the refugee applicant to provide 6 photos, as indicated in the IMM6000 document checklist. CPO-W now requires only one photograph (per person) to be provided with the PSR application.

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  • Updated IMM0008 Forms

    The Generic Application Form For Canada (IMM0008) has been updated by CIC and now is dated June 2014. The grace period to submit the previous version of the form is until January 1, 2015.

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  • Change in mission coverage – Moscow

    effective immediately responsibility for refugee resettlement cases currently handled by Moscow will be as follows: MOSCOW: GAR and PSR cases out of Russia and Armenia GAR and PSR cases that are already in processing at Moscow and have passed Selection ANKARA: GAR and PSR cases out of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic (all new applications […]

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  • Change in mission coverage areas

    There have been changes to the areas of responsibility covered by Canadian visa offices in Pretoria, Nairobi, Dakar and Accra, effective immediately: • Mauritius and Madagascar are now under the responsibility of Pretoria (previously Nairobi); • Zambia is now under the responsibility of Nairobi (previously Pretoria); • The Gambia is now under the responsibility of […]

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  • Lowering of Age of Dependants August 1

    In 2013, the Government of Canada published its intention to lower the age of dependant for all immigration streams to under 19. This change will come into effect on August 1, 2014 and will change the definition of a ‘child’ to: 1(b) is in one of the following situations of dependency, namely, (i) is less […]

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  • Exit permits for refugees in Uganda

    The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Uganda will no longer be issuing exit permits for unregistered refugees who have not yet had a Refugee Status Determination (RSD) completed by the UNHCR. This change comes as a result of increased rates of human trafficking in the region, and in a concerted effort to curb […]

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  • 1,000 Additional Bhutanese Refugees

    The CIC announced today that the Canadian Government will select an additonal 1,000 Bhutanese refugees to be resettled to Canada from Nepal over the next two years.

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  • Processing of files at the Cairo, Egypt Visa office – Update

    Diplomatic bag service to Cairo, Egypt resumes…

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  • Gazette publication on regulatory changes

    Regulatory changes published in Gazette today…

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