Operational Bulletin 416 - April 30, 2012

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Processing International Experience Canada (IEC) applications for applicants from Germany and Japan


The purpose of this Operational Bulletin is to provide information regarding processing International Experience Canada (IEC) applications for applicants from Germany and Japan following the closure of Canada’s visa offices in Berlin and Tokyo.


Effective immediately, the Visa and Immigration Sections of the Canadian Embassies in Berlin and Tokyo are closed to the public. Nonetheless, applicants applying to Canada’s IEC programs with Germany and Japan should continue to submit their applications to the Canadian Embassies in those countries. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade will continue to accept the processing fee and make the initial eligibility assessment prior to forwarding eligible applications to the appropriate visa office in Vienna (for Berlin) or Manila (for Tokyo) for final processing.


International Experience Canada (IEC) processing

Persons residing in… should continue to submit IEC applications to…
Germany Canadian Embassy in Berlin
Japan Canadian Embassy in Tokyo

Applications in-Process

IEC applications currently in process in Berlin and Tokyo will continue to be processed and finalized at those offices.

External Client Enquiries

During the transition period, all efforts will be made to minimize processing delays. We ask that applicants and their representatives avoid contacting regional visa offices during this time. Applicants will be contacted by the new processing mission in due course.

Expiry of Directives

These directives will remain in force until further notice. Further instructions will be communicated as required.

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