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Expanded Process Center aims to reduce processing time

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced today that the expansion of the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. In an effort to reduce the current backlog created by the Pandemic IRCC will add capacity with the addition of new office space and the hiring of 62 new employees.


The new space and additional staff will be primarily dedicated to family class overseas applications. These added resources will help IRCC process more applications and shorten processing times that have been extended during the pandemic.


Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the Case Processing Centre in Sydney is currently limited to only 30% occupancy. The opening of the new office space will significantly increase this capacity and will allow more employees who are currently working remotely to return to the office.


The 1-year lease for the additional space offers IRCC the flexibility to re-evaluate its needs in the years to come.


IRCC will always protect the health and safety of staff while serving Canadians and those who wish to come here.




"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


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