Ministerial Instructions 13 (MI13): Processing of new and existing applications for temporary residence and permanent residence

Ministerial Instructions have been issued in order to assist in the prevention of the transmission and spread of the Ebola outbreak.

Effective October 31, 2014, IRCC will not process any new permanent resident or temporary resident applications and will stop processing existing temporary resident applications for which a final decision has not been made if the applicant has recently been in an Ebola-affected country.

For pending permanent resident applications, visas will not be issued unless the officer is satisfied the applicant has not been in an Ebola-affected country within the three months prior to finalization.

These measures are temporary to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and until further notice.

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