Applications from diplomatic, consular and official personnel

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

Applications from foreign representatives (diplomatic, consular or officials) accredited to Canada

Individuals who are accredited foreign representatives to Canada (for example, diplomatic, consular or official personnel) and their accredited family members cannot become permanent residents while they are still accredited. Their status under the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act (FMIOA) must have ended before they may be issued a visa or confirmation of permanent residence.

The following guidance applies to officers who are processing applications for permanent residence from foreign nationals who are, or who the officer thinks may be, accredited foreign representatives to Canada as per paragraph 190(2)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) or accredited family members of foreign representatives to Canada. Officers should not finalize the applications and issue visas until they are satisfied, based on documentary evidence, that the applicants are no longer accredited. Officers must

The officer must also email XDC before finalization and provide

Note: The above instructions only apply to persons who were accredited by GAC’s XDC. They do not apply to persons who are (or were) accredited (that is, enjoy diplomatic, consular or official status) in another country.

Note: Work experience acquired while working as an accredited foreign representative (in Canada or elsewhere) should not be counted toward an assessment for program eligibility.

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