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Uganda: Whether an applicant for a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa in Kampala is required to apply in person, or whether a visa can be obtained by a travel agency or tour operator on his or her behalf

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 16 February 2004
Citation / Document Symbol UGA42401.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Uganda: Whether an applicant for a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa in Kampala is required to apply in person, or whether a visa can be obtained by a travel agency or tour operator on his or her behalf, 16 February 2004, UGA42401.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/41501c6b1c.html [accessed 23 December 2014]
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According to the Second Secretary of the Immigration Division at the Canadian High Commission, in Nairobi, Kenya:

[Temporary Resident Visa] applicants for the entire region of eastern Africa, including the Horn and Rwanda, Burundi, and the island nations on Africa's east coast, are processed in Nairobi.

For applicants in Kampala, there are a few different means by which they could submit an application. The first and most commonly used is to visit the Canadian Consulate in Kampala in person, and drop off the application. These applications are sent by diplomatic bag from Kampala to Nairobi once a week, processed, and then returned by bag to Kampala the following week, where the applicants are notified to collect their documents from the Consulate.

The second way is to send the application directly to Nairobi at their own expense using a courier service. The application is accompanied in this case by a prepaid return coupon that is used to return the documents to the client after the case is finalised.

Applications for Ugandan government officials or persons with connections to government officials are sometimes submitted through the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi.

A significant number of Ugandan applicants choose to travel to Nairobi to present applications in person and facilitate their interview, if required.

It is not common for applicants to send their applications via a travel agent or tour operator. We do not have a specific policy barring travel agents or tour operators from submitting applications on behalf of clients, although this practice is not encouraged either, as we find it more efficient to deal directly with the applicant. In cases where agents were misrepresenting facts or otherwise attempting to pervert the process, we would definitely bar those particular agents from submitting applications.

Regardless of how the application is submitted, the process is the same, in that the applicant is assessed against the requirements of the Act [Immigration and Refugee Protection Act] and Regulations. There is no separate process for applications received from agents, nor are these perceived to have a higher priority or be less prone to fraud or other concerns (16 Feb. 2004).

The requirements for filing a Temporary Resident Visa application can be found at the following Government of Canada Website: .

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Reference

Canadian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. 16 February 2004. Correspondence sent by the Second Secretary of the Immigration Division.

Copyright notice: This document is published with the permission of the copyright holder and producer Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The original version of this document may be found on the offical website of the IRB at http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/. Documents earlier than 2003 may be found only on Refworld.

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