10 Year Multiple Entry Visas being Introduced

A new ten-year multiple-entry visa is being introduced, announced Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism on July 20, 2011.

Currently, the maximum validity period of a multiple-entry visa is five years. However, increasingly, countries are issuing passports which are valid for ten years and Canada is becoming a preferred destination for visitors and business travellers. In light of this, CIC is changing its policy for visa issuance in an effort to make it easier to visit Canada.

“More applications and higher expectations mean that Citizenship and Immigration Canada needs a more responsive and flexible processing system,” said Minister Kenney.

The ten-year visa will be an option available to more low-risk travellers who are citizens of visa-required countries and CIC will continue responsibly managing our borders by focusing attention on applications with the greatest potential for threat and vulnerability.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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