March 18, 2021

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Expanding Sydney Office to Reunite Families and Improve Application Processing

Posted by Amanda D'Angelo - Bellissimo Law Group PC

On 5 March 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) announced that they were expanding the Sydney, Nova Scotia Case Processing Centre in an effort to reunite families faster and improve application processing. The expansion includes a new office space and the hiring of 62 new employees. These measures will be primarily dedicated to family class overseas applications. These added resources will help IRCC process more application and shorten processing times that have been extended during the pandemic.

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of staff, the Case Processing Centre in Sydney is currently limited to 30% occupancy. With the opening of the new office space, it will increase the capacity and allow more employees working remotely to return to the office.[1]

“Expanding the Case Processing Center in Sydney will help us reunite families and process more applications, while creating good local jobs for Cape Bretoners. Most notably, the extra space and increased capacity will speed up processing times and help us return to the 1-year standard for spousal applications. I’m proud of the work of our Sydney office, which will continue to play a vital role in our efforts to strengthen Canada through immigration.”

– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship