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August 22, 2014

Canada: Canada Speeds Up VISA Process

The Canadian Government took scissors to some of the red tape involved with VISA applications for travelers from Brazil and India. The new initiatives from Citizenship and Immigration Canada aim to simplify and speed up the application process. 

  • Citizens of India and Brazil who can demonstrate having visited the US or Canada at least once over the past 10 years, with no adverse security or criminal history, will be able to obtain a Canadian visa without having to submit proof of economic solvency. In India expedited processing should mean an average turnaround time of five days.
  • Additionally, Indian travelers who use travel agencies registered with the Canadian High Commission can now experience a fast, simplified visa application process.

As part of a pilot program, Brazilian travelers no longer need to visit visa application centres in Brazil and can, instead, apply online in either English or French at:  http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/my_application/apply_online.asp

This should facilitate attendance at business events by delegates, suppliers and sponsors from these nations.

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