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May 29, 2008 — The Government of Canada has expressed its sympathy and support for China and its people following the recent earthquake in Sichuan Province.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is committed to ensuring that families are reunited quickly when a natural disaster takes place that directly affects the close relatives of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
In response to this situation, CIC’s visa offices in China are providing priority processing, and reviewing applications on a case-by-case basis. This includes existing family class applications, and those that arrive at our offices related to persons directly affected by the disaster.
We are working in close partnership with other federal departments and will continue to monitor the situation. The Department is prepared to act if additional resources are required.
Sponsors of existing applications who want special consideration due to the situation in China may contact the Call Centre (in Canada only).
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