Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Infobox Canadian government departments
department=Citizenship and Immigration
logo=CIC Logo.jpg
current_minister=Diane Finley

The Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for issues dealing with immigration and citizenship. The department was established in 1994 following a reorganization within the federal government.

The current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration is Diane Finley.


CIC operates a large network of "Citizenship and Immigration Centres" throughout Canada and in an important number of embassies, high commissions and consulates abroad. Service Canada recently started to take over some of the domestic field operations of the department while the Canada Border Services Agency took over the control of enforcement and entry control at borders and airports.

CIC remains responsible for the establishment of policies and processing of permanent and temporary residence visa, refugee protection and citizenship applications.

Related Legislation

* Citizenship Act of Canada
* Immigration and Refugee Protection Act


The Citizenship and Immigration Canada department employs 5,000 staff, [] which on a per-capita basis is three times as many as the 15,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees, [] but recoups some of its department costs through landing fees. In 2006 the Canadian government reduced the landing fee per immigrant by 50%. []

Current Citizenship and Immigration Structure

* Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
**Deputy Minister
**Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Programs
**Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations
**Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services
**Assistant Deputy Minister, Client Service Modernization

ee also

* Canada Border Services Agency
* Canadian nationality law
* Economic impact of immigration to Canada
* Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
* Immigration to Canada
* Permanent resident
* Temporary resident

External links

* [ Citizenship and Immigration Canada]
* [ Going to Canada - Immigration Portal] : A source of free and useful information for newcomers and prospective immigrants to Canada.
* [ Canada Immigration Tracker] : An immigration tracker that lets users share and discuss the details of their immigration applications, reducing guesswork and making it easier to estimate processing times.
* [ CIC Inland Processing Times] : A historical graphical record of processing times for applications processed within Canada.
* [ Immipedia] : A community written guide to Canadian immigration.
* [ e-CAS Tracker] : A tool that automatically notifies people when their application status is updated on Citizenship and Immigration Canada's [ e-CAS] service.

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