CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION MINISTER ANNOUNCES ACTION PLAN
IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IVAN
OTTAWA, September 17, 2004 — Citizenship and
Immigration Minister Judy Sgro announced today a plan of
action to assist Grenada, Jamaica and other Caribbean nations
affected by Hurricane Ivan.
“Canada remains committed to helping the victims of natural
disaster,” said Minister Sgro. “As further assistance, we have
developed an action plan to ensure that those affected by
Hurricane Ivan receive quick and efficient services. We will
continue to monitor the situation and will work in
collaboration with other federal departments to help those in
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will maintain
the best possible service to the people in the Caribbean for
as long as necessary. Visa officers are currently on hand in
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and an officer is
currently at the visa office in Kingston, Jamaica, to deal
with temporary resident applications.
- The visa offices in Port of Spain and Kingston are now
giving priority to the processing of applications of
spouses, common-law and conjugal partners and dependent
children of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
- CIC is prepared to be flexible in allowing people from
Grenada, Jamaica and other Caribbean nations to extend their
stay in Canada. This includes extensions for holders of
student and work permits.
- CIC will ensure priority processing for those people in
Canada wishing to sponsor family members affected by the
- Immigration officers at the ports of entry will adopt a
flexible approach when dealing with clients arriving from
For more information (media only):
Office of the Minister
Citizenship and Immigration Canada