Effective June 1, 2012, the Government of Canada has closed 19 local Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) offices and has eliminated “front counter” service at all of its remaining offices across Canada.
The closures affect the following offices: Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Victoria, Lethbridge, Regina, Barrie, Kingston, Oshawa, Sault Ste-Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Gatineau, Québec, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Saint John, Moncton, and Charlottetown. Applications currently in progress at these offices will be transferred to other offices as per CIC’s Operational Bulletin 431 – June 1, 2012.
In addition, as of June 1, 2012, local CIC offices across Canada that remain open will no longer provide clients with front counter service. Access to these offices will now be by appointment only. CIC has posted signs at all of its offices inviting clients to access CIC services through CIC’s website or by contacting CIC’s Call Centre.
For further information on the closure of CIC offices and elimination of front counter service, and how it affects existing and new applications to CIC, please contact the immigration law specialists at Green and Spiegel LLP.