Operational Bulletins 2013

In exceptional circumstances, operational bulletins may also be issued for one-time-only instructions or to provide urgent instructions to staff for a brief period while the relevant operational chapters are being updated.

  • OB 561 – December 31, 2013 (Modified)
    New Regulations for sponsors of parents and grandparents
  • OB 545 – December 30, 2013 (Modified)
    Processing of Confirmation of Permanent Residence Documents
  • OB 562 – December 20, 2013 (Expired)
    Guidance for officers on assessing “Reciprocal Employment” [R205(b)] and entries via “Wet Lease” (namely, foreign crews who are work permit exempt as per R186(s))
  • OB 558 – November 14, 2013 (Modified)
    Closure and Transfer of Visa Services of the Canadian Embassy in Prague
  • OB 556 – November 14, 2013
    Lifting of the visa requirement for citizens of the Czech Republic
  • OB 554 – November 8, 2013 (Expired)
    Ministerial Instructions: Canadian Experience Class Applications
  • OB 555 – October 28, 2013
    Work Permits for Start-up Business Class Permanent Resident Visa Applicants
  • OB 553 – October 17, 2013
    Obtaining passports or travel documents for landing from the Canada Border Services Agency and officer’s discretion to waive the passport requirement for landing purposes
  • OB 552 – October 15, 2013
    Procedure to rectify the loss of an application for permanent residence under humanitarian and compassionate grounds
  • OB 490-A – October 11, 2013 (Expired)
    International Experience Canada Work Permit Application Processing 
  • OB 545 – October 7, 2013 (Expired)
    Processing of Confirmation of Permanent Residence Documents
  • OB 485-A – September 19, 2013 (Expired)
    Bridging Open Work Permits for Certain Federal Economic Class Applicants
  • OB 525 – September 10, 2013 (Modified)
    Changes in Appeal Rights to the Immigration Appeal Division as a Result of Bill C-43 – the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act
  • OB 530-A – September 5, 2013 (Expired)
    Retesting and communicating results of the citizenship knowledge test
  • OB 529-A – September 5, 2013 (Expired)
    File Splitting for Applicants Who Require a Hearing
  • OB 547 – August 30, 2013 (Expired)
    Extension of Haiti Special Measures for Work Permits
  • OB 528 – August 29, 2013
    Sponsorship undertakings submitted in support of Applications for Permanent Residence in Canada based on Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations
  • OB 418 – August 26, 2013 (Modified)
    Processing of applications for displaced Tibetans in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India
  • OB 434-A – August 23, 2013 (Expired)
    Clarifying the responsibilities of Service Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency in regard to assessing a Temporary Foreign Worker’s eligibility to work in Alberta in a compulsory certification trade position
  • OB 544 – August 22, 2013
    How to process a Humanitarian and Compassionate application when an applicant is a protected person or is an applicant who submitted a spousal sponsorship application in Canada
  • OB 542 – August 20, 2013
    Process for referring a refused application for permanent residence on H&C grounds from a SIO to a C&I Officer when there is possibly an unreported inadmissibility or when the person may hold no legal status in Canada and has no removal order
  • OB 440-B – August 16, 2013 (Expired)
    Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act – Changes to Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations
  • OB 540 – August 12, 2013 (Expired)
    Verification of Permanent Resident Photos at Visa Offices
  • OB 476-B – August 7, 2013 (Expired)
    Abandonment of citizenship grant applications where proof of residence has not been provided and closure of applications due to test/interview no-shows
  • OB 539 – August 6, 2013 (Expired)
    Yukon Temporary Foreign Worker Annex Pilot Projects – Labour Market Opinion-Exempt Work Permits for Occupations Destined to the Oil, Gas, Mineral Exploration and Mining Industry or Tourism/Hospitality Industry
  • OB 537 – July 30, 2013
    Inland Citizenship and Immigration Canada Offices Urgent Processing of Confirmation of Permanent Residence Documents
  • OB 535 – July 26, 2013
    Guidelines for individuals affected by the train derailment in Lac Mégantic, Quebec
  • OB 279-E – July 26, 2013 (Expired)
    Alberta Pilot for Occupation-Specific Work Permits – Extended
  • OB 534-A – July 18, 2013
    Guidelines for Individuals Affected by the June 2013 Flooding in Alberta
  • OB 122-B – July 17, 2013 (Expired)
    Pilot Project for Working-Age Dependent Children of Skilled Workers Destined to Alberta
  • OB 123-B – July 17, 2013 (Expired)
    Pilot Project for Working-Age Dependent Children of Skilled Workers Destined to Ontario
  • OB 146-B – July 17, 2013 (Expired)
    Alberta Pilot Project for Spouses and Common-Law Partners of Long-Haul Truck Drivers
  • OB 136 – July 16, 2013 (Modified)
    Procedures for Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications as a Result of Lifting the Temporary Suspension of Removals on Burundi, Liberia and Rwanda
  • OB 534 – June 28, 2013 (Expired)
    Guidelines for Individuals Affected by the June 2013 Flooding in Alberta
  • OB 532 – June 21, 2013
    Coming into Force of Bill C-43 – Inadmissibility on Security Grounds
  • OB 531 – June 21, 2013
    Coming into force of Bill C-43 – Obligations for certain persons making an application under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • OB 527 – June 20, 2013 (Expired)
    C-43 – Changes to Humanitarian and Compassionate Requests
  • OB 530 – June 5, 2013 (Expired)
    Retesting and communicating results of the citizenship knowledge test
  • OB 529 – June 5, 2013 (Expired)
    File Splitting for Applicants Who Require a Hearing
  • OB 526 – May 31, 2013
    Establishing and Recording Names in Citizenship and Immigration Canada Systems of Record for All Lines of Business
  • OB 523 – May 22, 2013 (Expired)
    Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Four-Year Maximum (Cumulative Duration)
  • OB 420-A – May 16, 2013 (Expired)
    LMO-exempt work permit renewals/extensions for certain CSQ holders currently in Quebec (revised)
  • OB 229-B – May 8, 2013 (Expired)
    Pilot Project for Foreign Spouses and Dependent Children of Highly-Skilled Canadians or Permanent Residents Returning to Work in Ontario
  • OB 521 – May 3, 2013 (Expired)
    Transition to National Occupational Classification 2011 for the Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • OB 511 – April 17, 2013
    Revised Process for Dissemination of Notification of Arrival Transmissions (NATs) for Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs)
  • OB 405-B – April 17, 2013
    Centralized In-Canada Processing of Private Sponsorship of Refugee sponsorship applications at Centralized Processing Office-Winnipeg (CPO-W)
  • OB 440-G – April 17, 2013
    Processing of Refugee Claims by CIC under the New Legislation
  • OB 504 – March 25, 2013 (Expired)
    Excessive Demand Cost Threshold
  • OB 510 – March 15, 2013
    Settlement Program — Introducing Portfolio-Based Language Assessment as a Standard Feature of LINC and CLIC
  • OB 507 – March 15, 2013
    Settlement Program Pending Replacement of Data Collection Tool (DCT) by iCARE/iCAMS
  • OB 509 – March 14, 2013
    Settlement Program – Crisis Counselling Within Support Services
  • OB 508 – March 14, 2013
    Settlement Program Support Services Provisions for Care for Newcomer Children
  • OB 506 – March 13, 2013
    Settlement Program Expenditure Control Policy for Support Services
  • OB 379 – March 8, 2013 (Expired)
    Introduction of the IMM 5688 Plain paper Confirmation of Permanent Residence Document
  • OB 505 – March 5, 2013 (Expired)
    Processing Relinquishment of Permanent Resident Status
  • OB 503 – March 1, 2013 (Expired)
    Clarification of Volunteering in Relation to Farm Work
  • OB 402 – February 22, 2013 (Modified)
    Inland CIC Processing of Confirmation of Permanent Residence Documents Originating from Visa Offices
  • OB 502 – February 21, 2013
    Amendment to the Return of Incomplete Citizenship Applications Submitted by Minors who Became Permanent Residents Under the Refugee Category
  • OB 501 – February 21, 2013
    Settlement Program: Implementation of the Annual Performance Report for Community Partnerships
  • OB 337-A – February 15, 2013
    Changes to the Pilot Program for Spouses/Common-law Partners and Working-Age Dependent Children of Select Temporary Foreign Workers Destined to British Columbia
  • OB 499 – February 1, 2013 (Expired)
    Determining the Ability of Provincial Nominees to Economically Establish in Canada
  • OB 496 – January 29, 2013
    Changes to the United States of America (U.S.) Processing Network
  • OB 497 – January 29, 2013
    Closure and Transfer of Visa and Immigration Services of the Canadian Embassy in Caracas
  • OB 495 – January 29, 2013
    Disposition of the IMM 1442 Generic Document – Page 2
  • OB 498 – January 28, 2013
    Closure and Transfer of Visa and Immigration Services of the Canadian Embassy in Seoul
  • OB 491 – January 14, 2013
    Mailing Permanent Resident Cards to Representatives
  • OB 490 – January 11, 2013 (Expired)
    International Experience Canada (IEC) Work Permit Using e-Apps and Centralization of Process for Specific Countries

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