Record Number of Canadian Visitor Visas Issued by Chandigarh Visa Office in India

According to a press release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in 2012 Canada issued a record number of visas through the Chandigarh office in India’s Punjab region.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said that about 17,600 visitor visas were issued from the visa office, which is almost triple the amount issued seven years ago. Citizenship Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney

“I am pleased to announce that a record number of Indians from the Punjab region visited Canada last year and that the percentage of applicants approved for a visitor visa has increased significantly,” said Kenney. “As the cultural and commercial ties between out countries grow, it is good news that more Indians are visiting Canada under our faster, fairer immigration system.”

In 2011, it took about twelve days to process a visitor visa application, while in 2012 it only took five days.

There were also record levels of other types of visas, such as student visas. In 2004 there were only 173 student visas issued from that office, while in 2012 there were close to 5,200 and the student visas have a 54% approval rate.

The SuperVisa, which is a new type of temporary visa for parents and grandparents, has an 80% approval rate from the Chandigarh Visa Offive and 3,700 of them were issued. The average processing time was less than eight weeks.

“India continues to remain one of Canada’s top source countries for immigrants and visitors,” Kenney continued, “these increased figures show that our recent changes make it possible for a growing number of travelers to visit Canada.”

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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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