Canada to Prioritize Application of Filipinos Affected by 'Yolanda'

Canada will prioritize immigration applications of Filipinos who are affected by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

According to a news release, “Canadians are deeply saddened by the devastating impact Typhoon Haiyan has had on the Philippine people,” says Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Minister Chris Alexander.

Our government will continue to take action to support those impacted by the storm and we will work with our partners to ensure that urgent support is provided to those who are significantly affected by this tragic event.

Filipino applicants applying outside of Canada who can demonstrate that they are significantly and personally affected by the typhoon can contact the Canadian visa office in Manila directly at [email protected]. The news release also noted that applicants from the affected areas will be treated as a priority.

haiyan_destructionFilipinos temporarily based in Canada who wish to extend their stay will have their cases treated in “a compassionate and flexible manner”. Those who wish to declare their cases a priority may contact  [email protected] or get in touch with CIC’s Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100, which allocated a special crisis line.

For Filipinos who have applied online or currently applying using online facilities, and are significantly affected by the typhoon can send a follow up email to [email protected], indicating request for urgent processing, along with information such as name, date of birth and client ID, which can be found on any correspondence with CIC.

Please visit the CIC website for more information or get in touch using Twitter at

Related: Guide to Migrating to and Living in Canada