WITH the number of visitors coming to Canada on the rise, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is launching a campaign to encourage those who need a visa to apply early to avoid disappointment.
In 2016, Canada received 2,674,964 temporary resident applications – an increase of 15 percent from 2015, and the upward trend is continuing in 2017. Starting on June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to candidates who have strong French language skills. These additional points represent an important change that will contribute to the growth, vitality and prosperity of Francophone minority communities across Canada.
With a significant number of people wanting to visit Canada in the coming months, particularly for #Canada 150, applying early is more important than ever. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is reminding travellers to review Canada’s entry requirements to help ensure they are prepared for their trip ahead of time.
Expecting international visitors? Help spread the message by reminding your friends and family abroad to apply as early as possible for a visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA), to help ensure a smooth and stress-free travel experience.
Whether they plan to come to Canada for tourism, business or studies, planning ahead and getting the right travel documents is key.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said: “It is our goal to ensure that Canada remains a welcoming destination for visitors. If you know of someone coming to Canada for their holidays, to attend a wedding or visit family, we encourage you to reach out to them. Help raise awareness of the importance of applying early for any travel documents, to avoid any last-minute problems.”
- Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, cannot apply for an eTA or a visa and will need a valid Canadian passport to fly to Canada.
- Permanent residents of Canada are also not eligible to apply for an eTA or a visa, and, as usual, must show their permanent resident card or apermanent resident travel document when travelling to Canada.