Operational Bulletin 565 – February 13, 2014

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.

Transfer of processing of applications for permanent residence submitted under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga

Summary

Since January 17, 2014, the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M) is assuming responsibility for processing applications for permanent residence submitted under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) class.

Background

The SCLPC class allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouses or common-law partners for permanent residence, provided the spouse or common-law partner co-habits with the sponsor in Canada, has a legal temporary resident status and meets admissibility requirements. Before January 17, 2014, sponsors and their spouses or common-law partners in Canada submitted a complete SCLPC application package – Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344 (PDF, 478.72KB)), Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008 (PDF, 553.83KB)), forms and supporting documents identified in the application guide, and appropriate fees – to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville (CPC-V) for assessment and processing within Canada.

To improve service and processing efficiency, responsibility for processing SCLPC applications was transferred from CPC-V to CPC-M to leverage its expertise in family class processing. These changes will ensure that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) continues to meet its operational objectives in support of the Department’s ongoing modernization agenda.

Procedure

Any SCLPC applications that CPC-V has not commenced processing will be routed internally to CPC-M. Upon receipt of these cases, CPC-M will send a letter to the sponsor advising that their application was transferred from CPC-V to CPC-M for assessment and processing.

CPC-M will continue to apply referral criteria for non-straightforward cases pertaining to applications for permanent residence submitted under the SCLPC class. Such cases will be forwarded to a local CIC office if an interview or a closer investigation is warranted, e.g., to assess serious inadmissibility concerns, possible misrepresentation or suspected relationships of convenience.

Since January 17, 2014, sponsors and their spouses or common-law partners are required to submit SCLPC application packages directly to CPC-M, at the following address:

In-Canada sponsorship
CPC-Mississauga
P.O. Box 5040, STATION B
MISSISSAUGA, ON
L5A 3A4

Any SCLPC applications received at CPC-V after January 17, 2014, will be routed internally to CPC-M.

Other than this change of location, CIC continues to process all components of SCLPC applications in the same manner.

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