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Canadian high commission: Visa application centres in Abuja, Lagos remain open

 


The Canadian high commission says its visa application centres in Abuja and Lagos remain open to the public despite the suspension of operations in the nation’s capital.

 

The high commission announced a discontinuation of its services in Nigeria on Tuesday, hours after a fire outbreak gutted a section of its building in Abuja.

 

The Canadian government said the explosion killed two people, including a locally engaged employee, adding that operations in Abuja had been suspended till further notice.

 

However, in a statement released on Thursday by Demilade Kosemani of the public affairs department, the high commission said the suspension of operations did not affect visa applications.

 

 “As we continue to mourn the passing of our dear colleague from the High Commission of Canada in Abuja, please note the following information below,” the statement reads.

 

“Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC clients: processing of applications continues).

 

“Regardless of the suspension of operations at the High Commission of Canada in Abuja, the Visa application centres in Abuja and Lagos remain open.

 

 “For status updates send a webform. (https:// www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-status.html).

 

“Consular assistance for Canadians in Nigeria who require emergency assistance: sos@international.gc.ca or +1 613 996 8885 or via our whatsapp on +1-613-909-8881.”

 

The Canadian government had said it would work with local authorities to determine the cause of the explosion.

 

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