ARCHIVED – Notice - Transfer of services for economic applications from Caracas to Mexico City

New economic immigrant applications

December 6, 2011 — Effective immediately, Canada’s visa section in Mexico City will now process all economic immigrant applications from Venezuela. This is in addition to economic immigrant applications from Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao that were all previously served by the visa office in Caracas.

Each year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada evaluates its network of immigration offices and explores ways of doing business more effectively. Shifting visa services from one mission to another is not uncommon and helps to improve service. Our new processing system, the Global Case Management System, allows visa officers around the world to share workloads easily and efficiently.

Applicants in the following categories should send their application to the Central Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia, which will then be sent directly to the Mexico City visa office for further processing.

  • Federal skilled workers
  • Federal investors
  • Provincial nominees
  • Quebec-selected skilled workers

The following categories for economic applications can be sent directly to Mexico City for processing:

  • Federal self-employed persons
  • Federal entrepreneurs*
  • Quebec-selected business persons (investor, entrepreneur, self-employed)

*There is currently a temporary pause on new applications in the Federal Entrepreneur Program category. Please stay tuned to CIC’s website for updates on this business category.

If you already applied as an economic immigrant

If you’re an economic immigrant and you sent your application to Caracas before December 6, 2011, your application will be transferred automatically to Mexico City. You don’t need to do anything unless your postal address, email address or telephone number has changed. You may update any of these by sending an email to Be sure to include your name and your old contact information in your message.

Services now offered at Caracas

The Visa and Immigration section of the Embassy of Canada in Venezuela (Caracas) will continue to process all temporary resident applications and other categories of permanent resident applications, including family class applications for the areas it serves.

The Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, remains the first point of contact for applicants in the Family Class categories.


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