Current Bulletin IssueBulletin 76 – March 2016
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The Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) was formed in 1986, when seventeen people met and agreed upon the need for a non-partisan organization gathering historians, political scientists, sociologists, academics, government officials and private individuals to develop and promote interest in Canadian immigration and refugee matters and history.
CIHS thanks its corporate members - CIC, P2P and Pier 21 - for their significant support as well as its life and annual members. All these contributions allow us to pursue our objectives and activities.
Indochinese refugees families applying to come to Canada completed an IMM8 application form, usually right after they had been interviewed and accepted by a visa officer. Unique to the Indochinese movement, departmental officials also developed and utilized the IMM1314 form to simplify and expedite processing.Completed by hand at interview, the IMM1314 captured the composition of each complete family,the interviewing officer’s notes and eventually the medical and security results. Once overseas processing was complete, the form served as both travel document for the Government-chartered flights and visa to enter Canada. The IMM1314 reduced the paper work for the Indochinese refugees by 50% and resulted in massive savings in time for visa officials often working under challenging circumstances in remote camps and under much pressure to get refugees on to the airplanes.Examples of the forms, held at Library and Archives Canada, have been added to this site. After the refugees had arrived at the receptions centres in Edmonton and Montreal, each one received a landing record (form IMM1000)
The achievements of the late Cal Best, a senior executive in the immigration program and Canada’s first federal deputy minister of colour, are the subject of a touring exhibit in Nova Scotia that has been reported on in the Halifax ‘Chronicle Herald’.