ARCHIVED – Operational Bulletin 368 - December 30, 2011

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Centralized Intake of Applications for the Canadian Experience Class

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Effective January 1, 2012, all Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applications must be submitted to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia.


Centralization of intake for CEC applications will add to the business lines already centralized at the CIO: Federal Skilled Workers (November 2008), Federal Immigrant Investors (July 2011), Provincial Nominee and Quebec Skilled Workers (December 2011).

Guidelines for new applications

Persons applying under the CEC on or after January 1, 2012 are required to submit their complete application to the CIO.

The CIO will assess each application for completeness. An application must include all of the forms and documents listed in the Generic Document Checklist for CEC applicants to be considered complete by the CIO.

If the application is incomplete, the CIO will return the entire application package (including fee payment) to the applicant. For complete applications, the CIO will enter the application information into the Global Case Management System and recover the processing fee. CIO will then send complete applications to an appropriate office for processing. Offices will process applications according to existing procedures and processing priorities

Applications submitted directly to the visa office

Until January 31, 2012, all visa offices will continue to accept any CEC application submitted directly to their office. Missions should forward any CEC application received directly to the CIO.

After January 31, 2012, applications will be returned to the applicant advising them that they must submit their application to the CIO.

For further information on changes outlined in this Operational Bulletin, please contact the Operational Management and Coordination Branch at

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