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First Stop for Permanent Residence Applications: The Central Intake Office (CIO) in Nova Scotia, Canada.

How a Permanent Residence Application works

In an effort to increase efficiency for Canadian Permanent Residence Applications,  the Central Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney was created to reduce the backlog. The objective of the CIO is to reduce the enormous backlog of over 1 million people waiting for years.
Here are the nuts and bolts of the CIO office:
  • Applications for Permanent Residence are submitted to the CIO for a first assessment and positive assessments are communicated by email. It is therefore very important to provide correct email addresses! For our clients cases, we provide both email addresses of our clients AND our law firm.
  • The CIO will not verify whether you identified correct visa office, ensure that you are marking the correct visa post who will process the application.
  • Note that the CIO only determines eligibility for the application but does not make final decisions.
  • At the CIO stage it is essential that the NOC Codes for your occupation be correctly identified and marked otherwise you risk having your application returned costing months of delay.
  • For the CIO to take your case, applicants must be living (working or studying) in Canada for 1 year as well as demonstrate a continuity of attachment to the labour market. Temporary foreign workers or international students must be residing legally in Canada for at least 12 months immediately before submitting the application.
  • The Language test (IELTS) do not need to be submitted at the CIO stage. IELTS  are submitted to the visa office when eligibility is met.
  • If the job duties are not similar to the NOC job duties, the application will be refused.
The CIO is a good first step towards improving service for Permanent Residence applicants, making it more practical for people working or studying in Canada to apply.

Have a question about Permanent Residence Applications? Contact Niren and Associates immigration law firm today.

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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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6 thoughts on “First Stop for Permanent Residence Applications: The Central Intake Office (CIO) in Nova Scotia, Canada.

  1. Emmy

    Hi, I applied for permanent residency via the express entry, it’s been a long wait however, I got a mail telling me that my application is being processed at the London office even though I don’t live in London. Really did seem strange to me. I was also told my application is pending review by an officer. I thought that applications are sent to the CIO and then th LVO. I want to know if the London office is doing the job of the CIO.

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    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Emmy,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! It would be difficult for us to determine why your application is being processed at a London office. We would be happy to advise you should you face any issues with it being processed and accepted. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. wael

    Dear sirs\Madam

    I do appreciate your cooperation to guide me .I have received an e mail concerning provincial nomination in a programme not Express Entry .In addition ,i have a query that would help me much to finish the procedure of applying to Permanent Residence through CIC site ,i need to re apply for IELTS test once more as my past one is not valid since i applied in 2014 .I need to know the IELTS minimum test score required for applying to PR through CIC office ? I hope you could help me in this issue and i apologize for any convenience .
    My great respect

    wael

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Wael,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! I can understand how the laws and regulations can be quite confusing when it comes to the IELTS scores. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Elizabeth O.

    Hello Mr. Niren,

    I have received an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residency via Express Entry. I am seeking information on the correct addressee to put on my letters of reference. However, I have been unable to find the address that is currently being used for CIC (IRCC) for these applications. I submitted a request via the online web form several weeks back and received no response. My relative in Canada also reached out to their call center but was only told that it is in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The challenge is that there are at least 3 addresses listed for the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney and I still do not know the correct one to use.

    I would appreciate your help if you have access to this information.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! I understand how the application process can be quite confusing, but don’t worry we can help you along the way. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply

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