ARCHIVED – Update: Haiti immigration services

July 5, 2011 — Full immigration services have resumed for Haiti. This notice is for residents and citizens of Haiti who want to apply, or who have already applied. There are changes you need to know about.

While the visa office in Port-au-Prince will remain open, not all services will be offered there. Some services for Haitians have been transferred to Mexico City. Be sure to check the “how to apply” section for your immigrant or visa category as there may be changes.

Applying to visit, study or work temporarily in Canada

If you want to visit, study or work in Canada temporarily, you should continue to send your application to the visa office in Port-au-Prince. For more information, see the links below.

Applying to immigrate to Canada

If you want to immigrate to Canada, you need to find out where to send your application. Where you send it depends on your immigrant category. The Case Processing Centre (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) remains the first point of contact for applicants in the family class. The Centralized Intake Office (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada) remains the first point of contact for federal skilled workers and federal investors.

What’s new

Canada’s visa section in Mexico City will now process immigration applications from Haiti in the following economic categories:

  • provincial nominees
  • self-employed persons
  • Quebec-selected skilled workers who have a Quebec Certificate of Selection
  • Quebec-selected investors who have a Quebec Certificate of Selection

You should send your application to Mexico City if you are applying in one of these categories. Please consult the relevant application kit for the specific requirements of your application.

If you already applied as an economic immigrant

If you’re an economic immigrant and you sent your application to Port-au-Prince before July 5, 2011, your application will be transferred automatically to Mexico City. don’t need to do anything unless your postal address, e-mail address, or telephone number has changed. You may update any of these by sending an e-mail to Be sure to include your name and your old contact information in your message.


The visa office opened in Santo Domingo in February 2010, after the earthquake, will remain open. However, it only processes applications from the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit the visa office website.


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