Program Delivery Updates

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Program Delivery Updates (PDUs) are brief announcements to inform staff of updates to official CIC instructions.

Category PDU title Date published
tr Update to Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption codes page September 21, 2017
tr New instructions for the temporary entry of business persons under the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) September 21, 2017
tr Update to the instructions related to super visas September 21, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on the Temporary Resident Program September 20, 2017
med pr Upfront medical examinations are no longer available for family class applicants September 20, 2017
ref man Update to the instructions to reflect the amalgamation of the Centralized Processing Office in Winnipeg, the Centralized Processing Office in Vancouver and the Matching Centre into the new Resettlement Operations Centre in Ottawa September 18, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on entrepreneurs and self-employed candidates seeking to operate a business in Canada [R205(a) – C11] September 15, 2017
man Update to the stakeholder guidelines on the use of representatives September 11, 2017
tr Removal of interim measure for designated learning institutions in Quebec September 6, 2017
cit Updates on how to display Canadian symbols at a citizenship ceremony September 1, 2017
man info Update to program delivery instructions to reflect Bill C-6 amendment to the Citizenship Act August 31, 2017
req man Unspecified sex “X” (interim measures) August 31, 2017
req Updated Standards Council of Canada hyperlinks in instructions on DNA August 28, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on the Mobilité francophone stream (Labout Market Impact Assessment exemption code C16) August 23, 2017
tr Update to the instructions related to types of temporary resident visas August 23, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on temporary resident visa validity (expiry dates) August 16, 2017
cit Participation of elected officials in citizenship ceremonies August 10, 2017
ref Exemption for nationals of Russia to the bar on applying for a pre-removal risk assessment August 4, 2017
ref Exemption for nationals of Venezuela to the bar on applying for a pre-removal risk assessment August 4, 2017
tr Update to the “Temporary residents: Visitors” landing page July 31, 2017
tr Restoration of temporary resident status July 31, 2017
reg Update to the instructions on using the services of an interpreter July 18, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on determining visa-required countries July 17, 2017
pr The humanitarian and compassionate assessment: Statelessness July 11, 2017
cit Repeal of conditional permanent residence provisions for spouses and partners July 10, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on temporary resident applications from intending organ donors July 7, 2017
info Update to the key contacts related to medical requirements July 7, 2017
tr Update to the French instructions on processing protected persons applications for permanent residence – security and criminal screening July 5, 2017
tr Antigua and Barbuda removed from the list of countries requiring an electronic travel authorization June 27, 2017
tr Temporary resident visa requirement imposed for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda June 27, 2017
cit Update to program delivery instructions to reflect Bill C-6 amendments to the Citizenship Act June 21, 2017
tr Update to instructions for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (Work Permit stream – exemption code C18) June 16, 2017
cit Update to the instructions on the Global Skills Strategy June 15, 2017
tr Clarification of definitions for camp counsellors June 14, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on the Global Skills Strategy June 12, 2017
pr Update to processing instructions for applications submitted under Express Entry June 6, 2017
cit Update to the instructions related to abandonment procedures for the citizenship program May 31, 2017
ref tr Update to the instructions on temporary resident permit eligibility and assessment May 18, 2017
tr req med Update to the instructions related to the International Experience Canada Program and medical requirements May 12, 2017
tr Correction to the instructions on Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption codes May 5, 2017
tr Clarification of the China Transit Program instructions on U.S. visa requirements when travelling from the U.S. May 4, 2017
ref Update to the instructions on pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) May 3, 2017
tr Updates to the Electronic Travel Authorization May 1, 2017
tr Updates to the Electronic Travel Authorization May 1, 2017
cit Update to the list of documents that can be used to establish identity for citizenship applications April 27, 2017
tr Correction to the instructions on Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption codes April 27, 2017
req Update to the biometric fee (temporary residents) program delivery instructions April 26, 2017
tr Update to the International Mobility Program instructions on work related to a research, educational or training program April 25, 2017
cit Adding a reference to the Citizenship Regulations, No. 2 April 24, 2017
pr Update to the instructions on protected temporary residents April 21, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on camp counsellors April 21, 2017
tr Update to the instructions for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program April 21, 2017
ref Update to the instructions on processing the permanent residence applications of protected persons and their family members overseas April 20, 2017
req New instructions for IRCC offices in Canada on the elimination of remaining non-online payment options April 10, 2017
man Functional guidance for procedural fairness and itinerant services now modernized March 31, 2017
tr New instructions on collecting administrative monetary penalties and determining when employers are in default of payment March 22, 2017
ref Exemption for nationals of Ethiopia to the bar on applying for a pre-removal risk assessment March 22, 2017
ref Exemption for Turkey to the bar on applying for a pre-removal risk assessment March 22, 2017
cit,req Functional guidance on DNA testing now modernized March 10, 2017
tr Update to instructions related to activities that are not considered to be “work” March 10, 2017
tr,pr Launch of Three-year Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs March 6, 2017
tr,pr International Mobility Program: Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (Work Permit stream – exemption code C18) March 6, 2017
tr Update to the place of application for inland applications for permanent residence and temporary resident status extension February 13, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on fishing guides February 13, 2017
tr Update to the instructions on manually processing electronic travel authorization applications February 13, 2017
tr Update to study permit instructions related to working on campus February 10, 2017
pr Clarification to the French instructions on processing applications for permanent residence from protected persons February 7, 2017
ref Update to the instructions on exemptions to the 12- or 36-month pre-removal risk assessment bar February 3, 2017
pr Update to guidance on humanitarian and compassionate consideration February 3, 2017
tr Update to instructions on the Transit Without Visa Program and the China Transit Program February 1, 2017
cit Update to the program delivery instructions on requests for legal change of name for citizenship purposes January 27, 2017
ref Update to the instructions on processing in-Canada claims for protection (Safe Third Country Agreement) January 27, 2017
req Functional guidance on the use of representatives now modernized January 26, 2017
ref Update to the instructions on pre-removal risk assessments January 19, 2017
tr Updated instructions for scholarship and award recipients January 16, 2017
req Functional guidance concerning file transfer and use of Government of Canada symbols now modernized January 6, 2017
med Update to the cost threshold for excessive demand on health and social services December 30, 2016
cit,req Update to identity management instructions on change of sex designation December 30, 2016
tr Update to the instructions on final decisions made on study permits December 29, 2016
tr,med Update to the instructions related to the International Experience Canada Program bilateral agreements and arrangements December 23, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to the Co-op Work Permit Program December 23, 2016
tr Public list of employers who have been non-compliant now available December 16, 2016
tr Update to super visa instructions December 14, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to cumulative duration December 13, 2016
tr Mexico added to the list of countries requiring an electronic travel authorization December 1, 2016
tr Pre-boarding enforcement of the electronic travel authorizations began November 10, 2016 November 24, 2016
pr Update to processing instructions for applications submitted under Express Entry November 21, 2016
pr Functional guidance on the Provincial Nominee Program now modernized November 21, 2016
tr New instructions on applying consequences where an employer is found non-compliant with the conditions November 8, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to recognized organizations for foreign youth under the International Experience Canada Program October 17, 2016
tr Update to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program instructions September 30, 2016
tr Updated instructions on study permits and the guidelines on minor children September 30, 2016
tr New instructions on increasing the validity period of work permits under the International Experience Canada Program September 26, 2016
med Update to the automatic partner notification policy for HIV-positive applicants September 9, 2016
tr Update regarding the loss of designation status for institutions and the impact on study permits August 31, 2016
tr Update to International Mobility Program instructions for employer-specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions August 29, 2016
pr Functional guidance on the Self-employed Persons Class now modernized August 2, 2016
tr New summary for instructions on how to process applications from interns July 29, 2016
pr Update to the instructions concerning peer reviews under the start-up business class July 21, 2016
tr Update to the study permit instructions related to prerequisite programs July 13, 2016
tr Update to instructions related to post-doctoral fellows awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy and award recipients [C44] July 12, 2016
tr Update to the instructions for temporary residents with implied status June 13, 2016
cit Update to the citizenship ceremony planning timeline information June 10, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to the required documents for super visa applicants June 8, 2016
tr Update to instructions related to the last point of embarkation for the Transit Without Visa Program June 8, 2016
tr New instructions on the “Mobilité francophone” Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption under the International Mobility Program June 1, 2016
pr Update to the instructions for processing applications for permanent residence from protected persons May 30, 2016
pr Update to the instructions concerning permanent residence applications from live-in caregivers May 26, 2016
cit Update regarding the clerk’s dress code for citizenship ceremonies May 26, 2016
tr New guidance on interns with international organizations recognized under the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act May 18, 2016
tr Update to the instructions on charitable or religious work May 17, 2016
med Update to the medical instructions for excessive demand on health and social services May 12, 2016
cit Update to the citizenship certificate name instructions to include links to the naming procedures May 2, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to camp counsellors and charitable or religious work April 15, 2016
req Update to the instructions related to temporary resident permit fees April 6, 2016
cit Update to the instructions for consular missions outside Canada accepting translated documents for proof of citizenship, renunciation of citizenship and search of citizenship records applications April 6, 2016
req Elimination of the payment receipt form [IMM 5401] March 31, 2016
cit Update to the identity management instructions on change of sex designation March 23, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt work permit renewals and extensions for certain Quebec Selection Certificate holders currently in Quebec March 17, 2016
req,tr,pr Mandatory implementation of the electronic travel authorization program for visa-exempt foreign nationals March 15, 2016
cit Update to guidance on humanitarian and compassionate consideration March 2, 2016
cit Citizenship Instrument of Delegation now available to the public February 23, 2016
pr Functional guidance on Quebec economic programs now modernized February 23, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to multiple-entry visas February 19, 2016
pr Update to instructions for the caring for children and caring for people with high medical needs classes February 15, 2016
tr Update to the instructions on bridging open work permits February 11, 2016
pr Update to the procedures related to police certificates and Express Entry completeness checks February 11, 2016
tr Update to the citizenship instructions regarding references to applicants who are deaf and the authority for automatic waivers February 5, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program February 5, 2016
tr Introduction of new categories of Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt work permits under section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations February 3, 2016
cit,req Update to instructions related to interpreters and accompanying persons for the citizenship program January 29, 2016
tr International Mobility Program: Employer compliance January 27, 2016
cit Minor editorial corrections to the instructions on the retention of citizenship prior to attaining 28 years old January 22, 2016
pr Update to lock-in date for age of dependent children of provincial nominees January 19, 2016
ref Update to instructions on entering a date of birth in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) when a complete date of birth is not available for a refugee applicant January 14, 2016
tr Update to the instructions related to designated learning institutions January 7, 2016
cit Update to Oath of Citizenship instructions: change of name for the Passport Canada validation portal December 22, 2015
cit Removal of permission release form [CIT 0448] December 21, 2015
tr Extension of pilot project: issuance of open work permits to permanent residence applicants under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class December 17, 2015
tr Update to International Mobility Program instructions for employer-specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions December 11, 2015
tr Update to the instructions on the bridging open work permit December 1, 2015
tr Update to the instructions related to the International Experience Canada program November 27, 2015
med Update to the instructions on complex and urgent cases of inactive pulmonary tuberculosis November 30, 2015
tr Update to the instructions related to the issuance of work permits November 9, 2015
cit Update to the guidance on the education selection criteria for federal skilled workers November 3, 2015
cit Update to the instructions related to the Oath of Citizenship as a result of the decision by the Federal Court of Appeal November 2, 2015
pr New instructions concerning permanent resident cards November 2, 2015
tr Update to the instructions on the International Mobility Program concerning employer specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions October 23, 2015
tr,ref Update to the instructions on the inadmissibility period for misrepresentation October 23, 2015
cit Impact of election periods on the planning and operation of citizenship ceremonies October 7, 2015
tr Update to instructions related to the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program and the China Transit Program (CTP) October 5, 2015
cit Update to the instructions related to the Oath of Citizenship as a result of a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal September 16, 2015
pr,req Update to Express Entry instructions for certain economic permanent residence classes September 15, 2015
cit Update to instructions on working with Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans September 2, 2015
tr Update to the instructions related to the International Mobility Program August 27, 2015
req Table of contents added to the Fees and cost recovery section August 20, 2015
tr,req Changes to subsection 190(3) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations: Visa requirements by purpose of entry August 1, 2015
tr,req Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) requirement lifted for all citizens of Poland and Lithuania, regardless of travel document held August 1, 2015
tr,req Launch of the Electronic Travel Authorization Program for visa-exempt foreign nationals August 1, 2015
tr Update to instructions related to federal–provincial or territorial agreements [R204(c)] (exemption code T13) July 20, 2015
cit Updates to instructions on working with ceremony officials, partners and guests for citizenship ceremonies July 13, 2015
cit Updates to holy book information for citizenship ceremonies July 10, 2015
cit Instructions updated to reflect the coming into force of new elements of the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act July 6, 2015
pr Update to the Canadian work experience requirement for the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System June 17, 2015
tr Update to the Transit Without a Visa (TWOV) program and to the China Transit Program (CTP) June 15, 2015
cit Coming into force of new elements of the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act June 11, 2015
pr New instructions for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital class and reopening of the program June 1, 2015
cit Coming into force of new elements of the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act May 29, 2015
tr Update to the instructions related to Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption code C13 in the International Mobility Program May 21, 2015
tr Update to the instructions on federal–provincial/territorial agreements May 20, 2015
tr Update to instructions concerning bridging open work permits for certain federal economic class applicants May 20, 2015
pr Update to procedures related to police certificates and Express Entry completeness checks May 20, 2015
tr Update to instructions on the cumulative duration rule May 15, 2015
pr Update to instructions related to the caring for children class and caring for people with high medical needs classes May 12, 2015
pr Update to the instructions on renouncing permanent residence May 11, 2015
tr New instructions on the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program pre-nomination initiative April 24, 2015
cit Update to the instructions related to the Oath of Citizenship as a result of a recent stay decision by Federal Court of Appeal April 23, 2015
cit New instructions are being developed for requests for change of sex designations April 17, 2015
tr Functional guidance on Temporary Resident Permits now modernized April 14, 2015
pr Update to the instructions regarding intake procedures at the Centralized Intake Office April 10, 2015
cit Update to the instructions on the Cultural Access Pass March 19, 2015
cit Update to the instructions related to timelines for citizenship ceremonies March 11, 2015
cit Update to the instructions related to the oath of citizenship as a result of recent decision by Federal Court February 27, 2015
tr Change to the email addresses of the International Mobility Worker Units, formerly the Temporary Foreign Worker Units February 26, 2015
ref Exemptions to the 12- or 36-month pre-removal risk assessment bar February 24, 2015
tr International Mobility Program – Introduction of two new fees February 20, 2015
tr New instructions on employer-specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions February 13, 2015
pr New instructions regarding the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital class February 10, 2015
pr Update to Express Entry instructions relating to certain economic permanent residence programs February 5, 2015
cit Update to the instructions related to the acceptance of citizenship applications February 2, 2015
tr Changes to study permit conditions February 2, 2015
tr Update to the instructions on International Experience Canada January 30, 2015
cit New procedures for suspending citizenship applications January 19, 2015
tr Update to the instructions on charitable or religious work and on the authorization for clergy to work without a work permit January 6, 2015
tr Evidence required to prove that a removal order is unenforceable January 6, 2015
pr,req Launch of Express Entry and e-applications for certain economic permanent residence programs January 1, 2015
tr One Year Pilot – Issuance of open work permits to applicants for permanent residence under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class December 22, 2014
med,tr Update to the excessive demand cost threshold December 1, 2014
tr Temporary resident visa requirement lifted for citizens of Chile and imposed for citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis November 22, 2014
tr Closure and transfer of Visa Services of the Canadian Embassy in Santiago November 22, 2014
pr Update to the voluntary renunciation of permanent residence November 21, 2014
tr Update to the limited validity period for Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) November 20, 2014
tr Update to the instructions regarding spouses/common-law partners of full-time students and spouses/common-law partners of post-graduation work permit holders October 17, 2014
tr Update to the guidance regarding the authorization to work without a work permit October 7, 2014
tr Changes to the requirements concerning the LMIA for skilled Francophone workers destined to work in a province other than Quebec under the International Mobility Program September 22, 2014
med,tr Determining who must submit to an immigration medical examination and assessing foreign workers for medical requirements September 17, 2014
cit Updates to citizenship ceremony general information and citizenship ceremony delegation information September 12, 2014
ref Exemptions to the 12- or 36-month pre-removal risk assessment bar September 9, 2014
ref New form—Checklist – Documents provided to refugee claimant(s) [IMM 5780] September 8, 2014
ref New guidance—Processing in-Canada claims for refugee protection: Post-interview processing and final decision August 26, 2014
tr Update to instructions on diplomats, consular officers, representatives and officials accredited to Canada August 25, 2014
tr Update to instructions related to Canada-provincial or territorial agreements [R204(c)] (exemption code T13) August 19, 2014
tr Amendments to the instructions for issuing work permits to provincial nominees and to the instructions on bridging work permits issued to certain federal economic class applicants August 19, 2014
ref Update: One-year window of opportunity provision August 19, 2014
tr Work related to a research, educational or training program [R205(c)(i), (i.1) and (i.2)] (codes C31, C32 and C33) August 14, 2014
cit Coming into force of new elements of the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act August 1, 2014
ref Update to refugee protection guidance: In-Canada claims July 18, 2014
cit Royal Assent received for the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act June 19, 2014
pr,med,req Update to excessive demand cost threshold June 9, 2014
tr Interim measure for some applications with a valid Certificat d’acceptation du Québec June 6, 2014
tr New regulations for the International Student Program May 30, 2014
med,req,man Terms and conditions of entry and medical surveillance for individuals with a positive screening test for syphilis May 9, 2014
req Language requirements: equivalency charts March 25, 2014
ref Processing pre-removal risk assessment applications: intake March 11, 2014
tr,pr,man Update to the program-specific procedures for using interpreters March 3, 2014
ref Update to eligibility criteria for the Convention refugee abroad class and the country of asylum class February 26, 2014
cit Processing fee increases for citizenship applications February 6, 2014
cit Citizenship legislation reform — Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act February 6, 2014
tr,req Update to immigration fees and procedures – changes to certain temporary residence application processing fees February 3, 2014
pr,man,req Update to language requirements guidance – test results January 31, 2014
ref Referring cases to the Canada Border Services Agency for potential cessation or vacation of refugee protection January 29, 2014
ref Updated instructions for processing PRRA applications January 14, 2014
ref Resettlement from overseas: Post-interview processing and final decisions January 10, 2014
ref Resettlement from overseas: Private sponsorships January 9, 2014
ref Processing in Canada claims: special claimant types January 8, 2014
ref Resettlement from overseas November 21, 2013
ref Pre-removal risk assessment October 9, 2013
tr,req New cost recovery information on e-applications and clarification on fees for family members September 25, 2013
pr,man,req Minor updates to the official language proficiency tables on the Federal Skilled Workers page August 26, 2013
ref OB 282 has been incorporated into the refugee protection pages August 19, 2013
med,tr,pr,req Medical requirements pages June 19, 2013
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