Restructuring of the North American Processing Network (Continued)

Restructuring of North American Processing Network (Continued)

In a previous post, I wrote about how on May 29, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) restructured its North American Processing Network.  The restructuring included the closure of immigration section of the Canadian consualte in Buffalo, as well as the realigninment of Work Permit and Study Permit functions of the Canadian consulates in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Detroit, and Seattle.  For information on those changes, I encourage you to read that post.

On June 11, 2012, CIC released a further Operational Bulletin detailing additional changes to which consulates which process Temporary Resident Permit applications, Rehab applications, and Authorization to Return to Canada applications. .

Re-Configuring the U.S. Network (TRPs, Rehab, and ARC)

Effectively June 18, the Seattle, Detroit, and New York consulates will no longer be processing new TRP, Rehab, and ARC applications.  Only the Los Angeles and Washington DC consulates will process new applications in these categories.  Furthermore, applicants residing in the United States will not be able to choose which consulate to submit their application to.  Applicants living in the United States east of the Mississippi River (including in Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and St. Pierre et Miqueldon) must apply to the Washington DC Consulate.  Applicants residing in the United States living west of the Mississippi River must apply to the Los Angeles consulate.


The following table more clearly shows the breakdown of the new immigration duties of the US Consulates.

New York Los Angeles Washington D.C. Detroit Seattle
Visitor Visa

Verification of Entry

Returning Resident

Visitor Visa

Verification of Entry

Returning Resident

Visitor Visa

Verification of Entry

Returning Resident

Visitor Visa

Verification of Entry

Returning Resident

Study Permit (U.S. Residents East of the Mississippi) Study Permit (U.S. Residents West of the Mississippi)
Work Permit (U.S. Residents East of the Mississippi) Work Permit (U.S. Residents West of the Mississippi)
TRP TRP
Rehabilitation Rehabilitation
ARC ARC

It’s not that hard to envision the immigration processing functions of the Seattle and the Detroit consulates being closed soon.


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