Another program that CIC – Citizenship and Immigration Canada that improved is the issuance of Multiple Visa Entry for Canadian Visitors. This strategic move will attract economic growth by tourism to Canada. Small and big enterprises including Canada as a country will benefit on the results of loosening up visitor’s visa and offering multiple visas to those who qualify.
Today, the Office of CIC released an announcement that “Visitors to Canada will automatically be considered for a multiple-entry visa, starting on February 6, 2014. Multiple-entry visas allow qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each time.”
It is important to note that processing fees for TRV – Temporary Resident Visa has been reduced from $150 CAN to $100 CAN. This applies to either single entry or multiple entry.
The Announcement also noted that “Citizenship and Immigration Canada will increase other fees in the temporary resident program, effective February 6, 2014. These changes will reduce the burden on Canadian taxpayers and ensure that fees closely reflect the real cost of processing applications.”
These increases include (all figures in CAD $):
- $25 for study permits and renewals;
- $5 increase for work permits and renewals;
- $25 increase for extensions to remain in Canada as a visitor;
- $100 as the maximum fee for a family to apply for TRVs; and
- $15 as the maximum work permit fee for a group of performing artists and their staff.
- Every year more than 35 million people visit Canada.
- In 2012, Canada issued a record number of visitor visas with almost one million visas approved, representing an increase of almost 40 percent since 2004.
- The multiple-entry visa is particularly popular with visitors from China, India and Mexico who hold 10-year passports and have been eligible to apply for a 10-year visa.
- Similarly, visitors from the Philippines and Brazil, who hold five-year passports, have been issued multiple-entry visas for up to five years.
What this means to you:
It is great to see that Canada is competitive with its peer countries, and many of these changes benefit the traveler or the visa recipient. In the same manner, that Canada is recognizing the economic competitiveness during recovery times (where applicable) yet uncertain to many economies.