As you are aware, on January 31, 2012, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced that due to the continuing violence in Syria, the Visa and Immigration Section at the Canadian Embassy in Damascus is closed and services have been transferred to neighbouring visa offices.
This redistribution of workload will result in new responsibilities for visa offices in Beirut (Lebanon), Amman (Jordan), Ankara (Turkey), and Tel Aviv (Israel). The complete News Release is available on our Web site at:
Active temporary resident applications in Damascus have been processed to conclusion at that office. Active permanent resident applications in Damascus have been redistributed to other Canadian Visa Offices in the region for processing. The new processing office will contact applicants when the file reaches the assessment stage, if a positive selection decision has already been rendered, or when other documents or information are required to complete the application.
Active permanent resident applications that were submitted to Damascus have been redistributed as follows:
* applications for those who reside in Jordan, Syria or Iraq have been sent to the visa office in Amman: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/jordan-jordanie/
* applications for those who reside in Lebanon have been sent to the visa office in Beirut: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/lebanon-liban/splash.aspx
* applications for those who reside in Iran have been sent to the visa office in Ankara: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/turkey-turquie
* all applications in the business categories, regardless of residency, have been sent to the visa office in Ankara: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/turkey-turquie
Applicants should only send enquiries to the new processing office now responsible for their application if:
* they need to update their mailing address or contact information;
* they wish to withdraw their application; or
* they have previously received a request for information or documentation from the Damascus visa office.
These are the only circumstances in which the Canadian visa office should be contacted. In all other instances, we request that applicants hold on sending any enquiries to the new processing office until they have been contacted themselves. Enquiries which do not meet these guidelines will not be answered.
We appreciate the patience and understanding our applicants have demonstrated during this transitional period. Updates will be posted on the CIC website as available.