Canada Imposes New Visa Requirements on Several Formerly Exempt Countries

According to a press release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the government of Canada has now (12 a.m. September 12, 2012) imposed visitor visa requirements for citizens of the following countries: Visa exempt countries

St. Lucia
St. Vincent
Namibia
Botswana
Swaziland

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, “We continue to welcome genuine visitors to Canada. These changes are necessary to protect the integrity of Canada’s fair and generous immigration system by helping us reduce an unacceptably high number of immigration violations.”

According to the press release, travel documents from these countries are considered unreliable because criminals are able to legally change their names and get new passports. These people are considered safety risks to Canada, and would travel to Canada using these different passports.

There has also been a vey high number of asylum claims from some of these countries within the last five years.

“These changes are necessary because off the countries concerned have an immigration violation rate of over thirty per cent, well above the level we deem acceptable for countries benefiting from a visa exemption,” continued Kenney.

Are you from a country now requiring a visa to come to Canada?

Those who want to come to Canada from these countries will now need a visitor visa to visit Canada. The application must prove to Canadian visa officers that the applicant intends to leave Canada as their visitor’s visa expires and can support themselves while in Canada. They must also be able to demonstrate that they are in good health, do not possess a criminal record and are not a risk to Canadians.

Do you need help with your Canadian visitor visa application? Contact us today using the form on the right or the telephone number at the top of this page. You are closer than you think!

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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