Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Aside from the considerable amount of corporate advertising below, and the fact that is is unclear as to what specifically this company will do, this seems to be another step in the use of biometric identifiers in visa applications.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Selects CSC for Visa Services across Latin America - MarketWatch

press release

Aug. 22, 2011, 8:00 a.m. EDT

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Selects CSC for Visa Services across Latin America

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Aug 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has entered into a service agreement with Computer Sciences Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CSC, to provide administrative support to facilitate the successful submission of visa applications from Latin America. The service agreement has a two-year base period and two one-year options.

"We are pleased to support Canada's visa services in support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada's efforts to provide better service to Latin America," said Charlie Whelan, president of Canadian operations for CSC's North American Public Sector (NPS). "Our visa application centers and information services will provide improved access, onsite client service and secure transmission of applications and documentation that will eliminate unnecessary delays in processing at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Visa Office."

As part of this service agreement, Computer Sciences Canada will establish and operate Visa Applications Centers (VACs) in 15 countries across Latin America. These centers will handle applications for residents of Latin America applying for temporary resident visas to Canada, as well as permit and travel document applications for people seeking to travel to Canada from Latin America. Computer Sciences Canada will also provide information services for visa applicants via web sites and contact centers. Since 2009, Computer Sciences Canada has provided similar services to the citizens of Mexico under a separate service agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Computer Sciences Canada will go live with these new services in September 2011.

Currently, CSC supports the governments of the United States, Austria, Canada, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom with services in more than 100 countries and in more than 20 languages. Since 2000, CSC has provided accurate visa information and prompt services to more than 40 million visa applicants, scheduling more than 20 million appointments. Since beginning our visa applicant biometric collection services, CSC has securely enrolled millions of applicants.

About CSC's North American Public Sector

As a go-to partner for critical national programs, CSC offers thought leadership, specialized skills and innovative services in critical areas for government clients. Leveraging a global footprint in both private and public sectors, and experience gained from serving almost every U.S. government agency, CSC's North American Public Sector (NPS) brings innovative ideas and proven best practices to help the U.S. government meet mission-critical requirements. For more information about CSC's government solutions, visit http://www.csc.com/government .

About CSC

CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 93,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.2 billion for the 12 months ended July 1, 2011. For more information, visit the company's website at www.csc.com .


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