March 10, 2009

Centralized Intake Office (CIO) Notice of Assessment

Based on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada's bulletin, outlining the procedures in handling the new Federal Skilled Worker program, the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) or Centralized Intake Unit (CIU) in Sydney Nova Scotia will send the assessment result within several weeks.

But just exactly how long is several weeks?

I normally tell my clients that it may take two months before they will receive the assessment from CIO. It turned out that it could even be faster! By the way, here's CIO Mailing Address.

Here's a very interesting case of a Clinical Instructor/Nurse client:

Feb 09, 2009 - Application form was sent to CIO via courier
Feb 13, 2009 - Application form received by CIO
Feb 24, 2009 - Date of letter from CIO
Mar 10, 2009 - Letter received from CIO

The next step after receiving the positive assessment from CIO is the submission of full application (application forms and supporting documents) to the Visa Office. This client was given 120 days to comply.

Here's an excerpt from the actual letter:
You must inform the visa office of any changes in your application (e.g. birth of a child, marriage, new occupation or employer, etc) when submitting your full application. Please include a letter identifying what the changes are.

You have120 days from the date of this letter to prepare and submit forms and supporting documentation. If your full application is not received within this time, we will assume you are no longer interested in immigrating to Canada and we will close your file.

We strongly suggest that you prepare all your supporting documents in advance to save time. Do not wait for assessment result from Centralized Intake Office (CIO) before you start preparing your supporting documents.