Operational Instructions


New Overseas Temporary Resident Forms - Operational Bulletin 270 - February 4, 2011

Summary
Effective February 15, 2011, a new Application for a Work Permit form, Application for a Study Permit form and an updated Application for Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada form will be made available to all clients.
Issue
The purpose of this Operational Bulletin (OB) is to advise of new application forms that will be available for visitors, temporary foreign workers and students applying to enter Canada from overseas.
Background
The introduction of the new Application for Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada [IMM 5257] form on October 14, 2010, was an initial step towards the vision of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for integrated application forms. Following the successful implementation of the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) application form, the student and worker application forms will now follow.
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Long Term Multiple-entry Visas - Operational Bulletin 306 - June 3, 2011

Issue
This Operational Bulletin provides additional information to Visa Offices on issuing long term multiple-entry visas.
Background
On December 20, 2010, the following e-mail message was widely circulated from International Region to missions abroad, encouraging the issuance of long term multiple-entry visas wherever possible, particularly in the cases of parents who may already be in the permanent resident (PR) queue and business travelers.
The Department is promoting the issuance of long-term multiple-entry visas. Visa officers should encourage frequent travelers to Canada to apply for multiple-entry visas and multiple-entry visas should be issued for as long a validity period as possible (up to 10 years minus one month).
As stated in the OP 11 manual section 12, the maximum validity period of a multiple-entry visa can be given for the validity of the passport, minus one month; which at present is five years, less 30 days prior to the expiry of the passport. Until recently, most countries issued passports valid for five years, but increasingly countries are opting for 10-year validity. In cases where multiple-entry visas can be issued, they should be issued to the maximum validity according to the length of the passport validity (up to 10 years minus one month).
If a client has applied and paid for a multiple-entry visa and the visa officer is satisfied that the client is a bona fide temporary resident and is not inadmissible to Canada, a multiple-entry visa with the maximum validity period should be issued. This practice, already recommended for parents and grandparents with sponsorships in process, should be extended to other clientele, for example, business visitors.
Visa offices are encouraged to promote the option of multiple-entry visas to relevant clientele. Clearly, officers in the field develop an in-depth knowledge of their clientele and it is expected that they will use the post-specific information acquired to make the best decision regarding promotion and issuance of multiple-entry visas.
We anticipate the availability of long-validity multiple-entry visas will persuade more applicants to apply for multiple rather than single-entry visas, thereby reducing repeat applications at visa offices and facilitating legitimate travel to Canada.
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2 Dimension Bar Coded Temporary Resident Visa, Study Permit and Work Permit Applications - Operational Bulletin 329 - July 27, 2011

Summary
The purpose of this Operational Bulletin (OB) is to advise that as of August 1, 2011 the 2 dimension (2D) bar code forms for temporary resident visas (TRVs), work permits (WPs) and study permits (SPs) listed below are the only temporary resident application forms that will be accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Note: This OB replaces OB 259 (December 21, 2010), “Temporary Resident Visa Application Form Transition Date” and OB 270 (February 4, 2011), “New Overseas Temporary Resident Forms.”
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New In-Canada 2D Temporary Resident Application Forms - Operational Bulletin 450 - July 31, 2012

Summary
Effective July 31, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will launch new two-dimensional (2D) bar code application forms for temporary residents (TRs) inside Canada. These forms are:
  1. Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay, or Remain in Canada as a Visitor or Temporary Resident Permit Holder (IMM 5708)
  2. Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay, or Remain in Canada as a Student (IMM 5709)
  3. Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay, or Remain in Canada as a Worker (IMM 5710)
These new forms will be applicable to all visitors, international students and temporary foreign workers inside Canada who wish to extend their stay or change their conditions. The Application to Change Conditions, Extend Your Stay or Remain in Canada (IMM 1249) form will continue to be accepted until November 1, 2012.
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New Temporary Resident Visa Requirement for Botswana, Namibia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Swaziland - Operational Bulletin 464 – September 11, 2012

By law, all visitors to Canada require a temporary resident visa (TRV), except citizens of countries where an exemption has been granted. Visa requirements for travellers to Canada are the country’s first line of defence in maintaining the health, safety and security of Canadians. Canada’s visa policy decisions are based on a country-by-country assessment of the established visa review criteria and thresholds.
The amendment to the Regulations is effective as of September 11, 201200:01 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). As of this time, citizens of Botswana, Namibia, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Swaziland require a TRV to become temporary residents and to be authorized entry into Canada.
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