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Where to apply - UK citizen but not resident in UK

Old Dec 14th 2009, 3:06 pm
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Hello everybody,

Aren't immigration agents wonderful?

We're UK citizens but are currently non-resident in the UK, living and working abroad. I've done a couple of 'free assessments' and of course got contradictory advice! One of them (a CSIC consultant) said that, despite being non-resident, we can still apply through London because of our citizenship. The other (an immigration services company) said that we have to apply to the embassy of our country of residence.

I've had a read of the CIC application form instruction guide EG7 (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/guides/EG7.pdf) and on page 24 it says, "Visa Office requested for the processing of your application: You must select and write the name of the Visa Office which serves: - your country of nationality; or - the country in which you are residing"

I understand this as meaning that we can apply through London because of our citizenship, even though we're not actually UK resident at the moment, so the CSIC consultant's advice is correct.

Could someone clarify this for me.

Thanks,
John
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Old Dec 14th 2009, 4:41 pm
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Hello everybody,

Aren't immigration agents wonderful?

We're UK citizens but are currently non-resident in the UK, living and working abroad. I've done a couple of 'free assessments' and of course got contradictory advice! One of them (a CSIC consultant) said that, despite being non-resident, we can still apply through London because of our citizenship. The other (an immigration services company) said that we have to apply to the embassy of our country of residence.

I've had a read of the CIC application form instruction guide EG7 (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/guides/EG7.pdf) and on page 24 it says, "Visa Office requested for the processing of your application: You must select and write the name of the Visa Office which serves: - your country of nationality; or - the country in which you are residing"

I understand this as meaning that we can apply through London because of our citizenship, even though we're not actually UK resident at the moment, so the CSIC consultant's advice is correct.

Could someone clarify this for me.

Thanks,
John
You can select the office of your citizenship or where you reside, if you have been ADMITTED for 1 year as the visa office for the processing.

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Originally Posted by exoticices
Hello everybody,

Aren't immigration agents wonderful?

We're UK citizens but are currently non-resident in the UK, living and working abroad. I've done a couple of 'free assessments' and of course got contradictory advice! One of them (a CSIC consultant) said that, despite being non-resident, we can still apply through London because of our citizenship. The other (an immigration services company) said that we have to apply to the embassy of our country of residence.

I've had a read of the CIC application form instruction guide EG7 (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/guides/EG7.pdf) and on page 24 it says, "Visa Office requested for the processing of your application: You must select and write the name of the Visa Office which serves: - your country of nationality; or - the country in which you are residing"

I understand this as meaning that we can apply through London because of our citizenship, even though we're not actually UK resident at the moment, so the CSIC consultant's advice is correct.

Could someone clarify this for me.

Thanks,
John
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Where are you residing at the moment? Have you checked to see if the time on the CIC website is quicker than UK?

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Old Dec 15th 2009, 1:20 am
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Thanks PMM. That confirms how I understood it.

Hi Yelkcub. We've been in China for a couple of years. I'd be very surprised if it was quicker here than the UK. I didn't realise the times were on the CIC website, but I've just had a look and it says, "Current processing times for Federal Skilled Worker applications received after February 26, 2008 will be available with the next update, in January/February 2010." So I'll have to wait, although it seems the non-FSW PR applications are quicker in Beijing than London. Hmmm, I'll ask a couple of friends here and see what they think.
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Work load in London is greater..
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Work load in London is greater..
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Not by a long shot, PRC 29000 Immigrants processed, London 9000 in 2008
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