The Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
is the department
of the government of Canada
with responsibility for issues dealing with immigration
. The department was established in 1994
following a reorganization within the federal government.
The current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration is Diane Finley.
CIC operates a large network of "Citizenship and Immigration Centres" throughout Canada and in an important number of embassies, high commissions and consulates abroad. Service Canada recently started to take over some of the domestic field operations of the department while the Canada Border Services Agency took over the control of enforcement and entry control at borders and airports.
CIC remains responsible for the establishment of policies and processing of permanent and temporary residence visa, refugee protection and citizenship applications.
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada department employs 5,000 staff,
which on a per-capita basis is three times as many as the 15,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
but recoups some of its department costs through landing fees. In 2006 the Canadian government reduced the landing fee per immigrant by 50%.
Current Citizenship and Immigration Structure
- Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
- Deputy Minister
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Programs
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Client Service Modernization