Canadian consulate at Buffalo joins the long list of visa offices closed in 2012: Transcend Consultants

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Commenting on the steady closure of Canada embassy across the world, Transcend Consultants has disclosed that Buffalo office, the second-largest processing centre is closed with immediate effect. This follows announcements closing the visa offices at Belgrade (Serbia), Berlin (Germany), Damascus (Syria), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Tehran (Iran) & Tokyo (Japan). Deepak Kohli of Transcend Consultants sees these as a part of far-reaching changes in the processing of Immigration applications .

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With initial administrative work taken care of, the overseas visa offices end up with only part of the original workload...

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Canada’s Immigration Department has announced the closing of its visa office in Buffalo, New York. Designated as Regional Processing Centre (RPC), Buffalo office was the largest of the 6 Canadian visa offices in the USA, and handled Immigration applications from residents of the USA and Canada. The services are transferred to other visa offices in the US network (Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle & Washington).

The immigration department has been gradually reducing the reliance on the overseas visa offices, by switching part of processing of different types of the immigration applications to within Canada. For instance, the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications that were earlier submitted directly to the visa offices are now being accepted at the Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada - based Centralized Intake Office (CIO). Lately, the Applications for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are also initially submitted to the CIO. Similarly, Applications made under the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (FIIP) are accepted at CIO, as well. The initial submission of the Applications for sponsorship has been ongoing at the Case Processing Centre - Mississauga (CPC-M) since a long time.

The CIO completes the initial paper screening of these applications and if found eligible, refers them for further processing to the appropriate offices. With initial administrative work taken care of, the overseas visa offices end up with only part of the original workload, thus streamlining the results. To that extent, closure of some offices like Belgrade, Berlin, Dhaka, etc. can be interpreted as transfer of resources within Canada (more jobs for Canadians!).

The visa office in Buffalo used to play another unique role, in that it processed applications for a Canadian visa from temporary residents within Canada. So, for example, it received a lot of applications from International Students or Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada, whose visa expired while legally staying in Canada. These individuals would need to apply for a visa counterfoil, to allow them re-entry into Canada after overseas travel. It is estimated that there are over 400,000 temporary residents in Canada, hence the need for this services was significant.

It appears that the Immigration Department is bringing an end to the Buffalo Shuffle, as this was known as. These individuals would henceforth be required to use services of 1 of the 5 remaining Canadian visa offices in the USA.

For more information about the above changes, or about Canadian immigration programs, contact Deepak Kohli of Transcend Consultants.

Transcend Consultants is a full-service Canadian Immigration Consultancy firm, operating from Brampton, Ontario and serving clients globally. Their practice areas cover economic and family immigration programs, and focuses on immigration for business or investment purposes. Their principal consultant, Deepak Kohli, a management graduate with training and wide ranging experience in various Canadian immigration programs fuses his experience with a variety of industries for successful immigration outcomes.

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Deepak Kohli
Transcend Consultants
35 - 173 Advance Blvd.
Brampton Ontario CANADA
Twitter: @transcendc
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