Buffalo Immigration Office closure results in significant delays for couple

A Canadian nurse who has been working in the United States for the last 7 years is getting frustrated with the delay in bringing her American husband and their 10-month-old son back to Canada. Buffalo Visa Office Closure

The couple had submitted their application for the husband’s permanent residency to the Buffalo immigration office in March of last year, but in August that office was closed with no notice.

The Buffalo office had previously had a reputation for being a faster office, with little processing delays. Applicants would be able to simply cross the bridge into Buffalo and visit the immigration office there. However, their application was moved to the Ottawa office, which is experiencing a significant backlog. After CBC got involved, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has said that they have contacted the couple to help resolve the issue – but that doesn’t help the fact that both the husband and wife have lined up jobs in St. John, New Brunswick, to begin in June.

According to a CTV article from earlier this year, the closure has left about 10,000 people in immigration limbo despite being promised faster processing. Visa offices that were already overwhelmed with applications were all of a sudden being inundated with even more. An 11-month delay was what was expected, but so far people’s applications are taking at least two years to be processed.

You can learn more information about the story here at the CBC.


Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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