Canada Closes Visa Sections at Some Visa Offices Abroad

Canada has closed the visa and immigration sections in the following countries with effect from April 30, 2012:

  1. Germany
  2. Japan
  3. Malaysia
  4. Bangladesh

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is trying to centralize the immigration process by shifting some immigration application assessment in Canada. Furthermore, CIC is also trying to use the resources abroad to its fullest capacity to reduce the operational costs.

The shutting down of the visa and immigration sections in the above mentioned four visa posts is part of the cost reduction measurements by CIC.

Residents and nationals previously served by the visa offices in Germany, Japan, Malaysia, and Bangladesh will now be served by visa offices in neighbouring countries as following:

Applicants previously serviced by the visa office in Kuala Lumpur should now submit their application to the visa office in Singapore.

The visa office in Singapore will also now begin accepting all temporary resident applications for those previously serviced by the visa office in Dhaka.

Anyone previously serviced by the visa office in Berlin should now submit their application to the visa office in Vienna.

Finally, applicants previously serviced by the visa office in Tokyo should now submit their application to the visa office in Manila.

These changes will affect the processing times of visa applications. Therefore, it will be advisable that applicants apply well in advance of their planned trip to Canada.

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  1. Canada Immigration on

    Yes, to reduce the overhead cost they should close some of the visa sections.

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