If you still have not taken steps to resume and rebuild your Canadian visa application, do so now.

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that, effective November 13, Canada will be prioritizing the processing of applications already in progress on request from Filipinos who are significantly and personally affected by Typhoon Yolanda (International Code Name Haiyan).

Other immigration benefits include:
•    Faster, expedited issuance of travel documents to Canadians (including naturalized Filipinos) who might have lost their immigration-status documents due to the typhoon.
•    Flexible assessment of applications for extension of stay for Filipinos who are in Canada to avoid being out of status.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has set up special email addresses (see below) and a dedicated phone line, available seven days a week, to respond to requests from applicants and their families.  The official announcement follows:


Overseas (Resident in the Philippines)

Existing Application: If you have an existing application please fill out this form. Please indicate how you have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the “enquiry” section.  

New Application: If you are applying electronically (visit, study work only) and requesting priority processing...
•    Submit your application online; then
•    Send an email to manila-im-enquiry@international.gc.ca with the following information:
•    How you have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan;
    •    The region that you are in;
    •    Your name (family and given);
    •    Date of birth;
    •    Type of application (student, worker, visitor, Permanent Residence in Canada);
    •    Client ID;
    •    File #; and
    •    Telephone number (optional).
 
If you are submitting an application at a Visa Application Centre (visit, study work only) please advise the client service agent that you are requesting priority processing and include the following information:
•    How you have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan;
•    The region that you are in.
 
If you are submitting a paper application and requesting priority processing please write “Urgent-Philippines” on the outside of the envelope and include the following information:
•    How you have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan; and
•    The region that you are in.


In Canada

Existing Applications: Applicants who have already submitted an application should contact situation-philippines@cic.gc.ca or contact CIC’s Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100.

Please include the following information:
•    How you have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan;
•    The region that you are in;
•    Your name (family and given);
•    Date of birth;
•    Type of application (student, worker, visitor, Permanent Residence in Canada);
•    Client ID (optional);
•    File # (optional) and
•    Telephone number (optional).
 
New Application: If you are applying electronically (visit, study or work only) and request priority processing...
•    Submit your application online; then
•    Send an email to situation-philippines@cic.gc.ca with the following information:
    •    How you have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan;
    •    The region that you are in;
    •    Your name (family and given);
    •    Date of birth;
    •    Type of application (student, worker, visitor, Permanent Residence in Canada);
    •    Client ID;
    •    File #;and
    •    Telephone number (optional).

If you are submitting a paper application and requesting priority processing please write “Urgent-Philippines” on the outside of the envelope and include the following information:
•    How you have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan; and
•    The region that you are in.

 

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