- Buffalo Visa Office Closes; Visa Applications Shifted to New Filing Locations
- June 7, 2012
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) closed its visa office in Buffalo, New York on May 29, resulting in new filing locations for temporary and permanent visa applications. The change also means that foreign nationals already in Canada can now apply for temporary resident visas (TRVs) in-country. Temporary delays are expected over the next few weeks as consulates and CIC offices assume their new responsibilities.
Permanent Residence Visas
With the Buffalo visa office closed, responsibility for most employer-sponsored permanent residence visas has been assigned to the CIC office in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Applications that were pending in Buffalo will be transferred to the CIC processing office in Ottawa.
Temporary Visas from Applicants in the United States
Responsibility for temporary work or student work visas from applicants in the United States has been moved to other CIC visa offices in the United States. Specific filing locations are dependent on the applicant’s place of residence. Applications that were pending in Buffalo will be transferred to one of CIC’s other U.S. visa offices. The CIC will notify applicants of the transfer.
Temporary Resident Visas
Under a new pilot program, work permit holders in Canada seeking temporary resident visas (TRV) now apply to the Case Processing Pilot Office in Ottawa. A valid TRV is required for visa nationals holding work permits to reenter Canada after traveling abroad. The new process also applies to study permit holders.
The pilot office in Ottawa will be dedicated to processing TRV applications from applicants in Canada, which should ease the application process and may reduce processing times. Previously, work and study permit holders had to send their passports abroad to apply for temporary resident visas.