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’.
The Prime Minister has released his expectations of his Ministers (mandate letters). The letter to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship can be read here.
‘Bout de Papier’ – the magazine of Canada’s Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, has taken the appreciated step of republishing and webbing three recent CIHS articles on aspects of the Indochina movement.
CIHS is a sponsor and, through members of its executive, a participant in a September 21 symposium at Carleton University in Ottawa on the 1980s Ba’hai Refugee Program to Canada. For more information visit the symposium website.