The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has twenty offices in nine provinces and Northwest Territories. FYI: In November 2015, CIC was renamed to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
So don’t get confused; both acronyms refer to the same department of Government of Canada.
In Calgary, Alberta, in the centre of downtown Calgary, you can find the only office of CIC. It is located in the Harry Hays Building.
I had my interview for permanent residence in this building a few years ago when I was under the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). I’ll tell more about the interview in the next post.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Calgary
Harry Hays Building, Suite 150
220 4th Avenue Southeast
Office Hours: Monday to Friday; 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Website: Click the following links for more information about Harry Hays Building in Calgary.
I had my PR interview by appointment and this confirmed the statement from CIC:
In-person help by appointment only. Once your application has been received, IRCC will contact you to schedule an appointment if deemed necessary by the processing office.
But when I visited the place, the staff were busy because they have to provide services other than the application for permanent residence of caregivers.
Services for all Canadians:
- Apprenticeship Grants
- Job Bank
- Labour Market Information
- Social Insurance Number Application
Other services offered for various groups:
- Employers and Organizations
- Families and Children
- Labour and Workplace Information
- Newcomers to Canada
- People with Disabilities
- Youth and Students
I tried to search online and documents I received relevant to the permanent residence interview and found the following contact information:
Fax: (403) (292-6483)
Feel free to reply in the comment if you know the latest contact information for CIC, Calgary.
How to Get to CIC, Calgary
My chosen mode of travel is commuting; if you prefer this kind of trip, you can try the following route:
- Commute through C-Train Calgary Transit
- Get off at City Hall Station
- Walk north, opposite the Olympic Plaza
The Harry Hays is not far from the station. You can see the building on the left side of the road.
I chose to commute at that time since I wasn’t driving back then. And I’m less likely to get lost if I travel on foot because I’m familiar with downtown.
You can also park your car if you are comfortable driving in downtown unlike me who get confused with the alternating arrows and accessible time of the road.
I’ll probably visit the office for citizenship exam after a few more years or as soon as the policy change. (Let’s hope for that.)
Are you planning to go to CIC in Calgary anytime soon? Don’t forget to arrive on time or reschedule your appointment if necessary.