Last Updated on May 6, 2011 by Steven Meurrens


One of the frustrations people who successfully appeal family class decisions to the Immigration Appeal Division (“IAD”) often face is that there is a significant delay between when the IAD allows an appeal and when a mission abroad resumes processing.  This delay is often several months.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has recognized this issue, and has introduced a pilot project to address it.

After a successful appeal, the processing of a Family Class Application for a Permanent Residence Visa will no longer be sent back to the original embassy, but rather will resume at Case Processing Pilot – Ottawa.

The implementation of the pilot project will take place in two phase.

From now until September 2011, all family class appeals that are allowed will be forwarded to CPP-O.  CPP-O will create a file, conduct security checks, and forward the file to the respective visa office for processing.

Starting in September, CPP-O will conduct security checks, and then triage the files into relatively low admissibly risk files and complex ones.  For a relatively low risk files, CPP-O will process the entire file, and print the Confirmation of Permanent Residence.  Files that are identified as having complex admissibility issues will still be forwarded abroad.

Although the change is largely procedural, applicants who are successful at the IAD will undoubtedly feel a substantial benefit if the expected several months reduction in processing time happens.