Have you been significantly and personally affected by the earthquake in Nepal? In late April 2015, Citizen and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada will prioritize immigration requests from Nepalese citizens who have been directly affected by the earthquake. As well, Nepalese citizens currently in Canada on a temporary visa can apply to have that visa extended. But to take advantage of this, you must inform the immigration authorities. Which authorities you file a request with for priority processing of your application depends on what type of application you file:

 

Nepalese Residents Applying from Overseas

Earthquake camp By Punya (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Earthquake surivov camp by Punya / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Existing Immigration Application

Contact [email protected] and in your email include the following:

  • “NEPAL EARTHQUAKE” in capital letters, at the start of your email;
  • Explain how you have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal;
  • What region of Nepal you are currently in;
  • Your family name; and your given name;
  • Your date of birth;
  • What type of application you have filed: Student, Worker, Visitor, Permanent Residence in Canada;
  • Client ID (which you will have been given when you filed your application);
  • Your current and valid passport number;
  • Your file number;
  • Your Telephone number, if available.

If you are submitting a paper application please write “Urgent-Nepal Earthquake” on the outside of the envelope and include the following with your application:

How you were affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

New Immigration Application:

To request priority processing if you are filing online, you must do 2 things:

First, file online by going here.

Second, you must send an email to: [email protected] similar to the one above in which you include:

  • “NEPAL EARTHQUAKE” in capital letters, at the start of your email;
  • Explain how you have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal;
  • What region of Nepal you are currently in;
  • Your family name; and your given name;
  • Your date of birth;
  • What type of application you have filed: Student, Worker, Visitor, Permanent Residence in Canada;
  • Client ID (which you will have been given when you filed your application);
  • Your current and valid passport number;
  • Your file number;
  • Your Telephone number, if available.

If you are applying for a new visa at a Visa Application Centre, you must inform the client agent that you are requesting priority processing and include: 

  • Information on how you have been affected by the Nepal earthquake;
  • What region of Nepal you are currently in;
  • Please note this priority processing at a Visa Application Centre is only for student, visitor, or work visas.

 

Nepalese Applying In Canada

Existing Immigration Applications:

If you are in Canada and have already submitted an application contact: [email protected] or contact CIC’s Call Centre at: 1 – 888 – 242 – 2100.

Make sure you include or have ready the following:

  • How you have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal;
  • The region of Nepal or Canada that you are in;
  • Your family name and your given name;
  • Date of birth;
  • What type of application you filed: student, worker, visitor, Permanent Residence in Canada;
  • Client ID (this is optional);
  • File number (this is optional);
  • Telephone number (this is optional).

 

New Immigration Application:

If you are filing electronically (online) you must be filing a visitor, work, or study permit application only. Go here to file online. Then you must send an email to: [email protected]  with the following:

  • How you have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal;
  • The region of Nepal or Canada that you are in;
  • Your family and given name;
  • Date of birth;
  • Type of application: student, worker, visitor, Permanent Residence in Canada;
  • Client ID;
  • File number;
  • Telephone number (this is optional).

If you are submitting a paper application please write “Urgent-Nepal Earthquake” on the outside of the envelope and include the following with your application:

  • How you were affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

Remember, it is up to you to request priority processing for your new or existing immigration application. Follow the steps outlined above and you will ensure that CIC gives priority to your application. 


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