On July 22, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released Operational Bulletin 202 – “Instruction to Immigration Officers in Canada on processing cases involving military deserters”.
The timing of the bulletin suggests that it is likely a response to the high profile Hinzman decision, previously commented on in this blog.
According to the bulletin, immigration officers have been instructed to contact their Regional Program Adviser for guidance when processing applications for permanent residence in Canada made by military deserts. They are also instructed to copy the Case Review Division of the CMB on their initial communication with their RPA.
CPC-Vegreville has been asked to transfer applications filed by military deserters to the appropriate inland CIC for processing.
All new claims for refugee status and any updates to existing refugee claims or PRRA applications are to also be provided to CMB.