Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

June 26, 2008 10:01 ET

Government of Canada Enhances Services at Visa Office in Beirut, Lebanon

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced today that the Department is enhancing the services offered by its visa office in Beirut, Lebanon. Effective immediately, permanent resident applicants from Lebanon can choose to be interviewed by immigration officers in Beirut.

"Citizens of Lebanon deserve to have their visa interviews conducted in their own country," said Minister Finley. "We are upgrading our services at the visa office in Beirut in order to make it easier for people to complete their application process."

Until now, permanent resident applicants were required to travel to Damascus, Syria, for an interview since immigrant applications from Lebanon are processed by the visa office in Damascus. The only exception applied to family class applicants who had the choice of being interviewed in either Beirut or Damascus. In such cases, immigration officers would travel from Damascus to Beirut to conduct the interviews.

This new change means that applicants requiring interviews will now have a choice between Beirut, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria.

The Government of Canada is continuously looking at ways to improve services to applicants.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Karen Shadd
    Media Relations Spokesperson