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Canada issues 95,000 Tourist visas in One Month

It does not matter if you are married, legally separated, widowed, never married or status is complicated as single: multiple entry visit visas may be waiting for you if you intend to visit Canada now.

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Canada issues 95,000 Tourist visas in One Month
Posted on May 13, 2014 | Canada

Canada issues 95,000 multiple-entry visas in 1 Month

As proof that Canada wants your tourist dollars – especially for legitimate travelers –Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced earlier this week that Canada has issued 95,000 multiple visas (MEVs) barely a month after announcing the visa program.

Minister Chris Alexander says 95 percent of visitors visas issued were MEVs for applicants going to Canada on vacation or visit family.

The MEV is part of the changes the Canadian government is undertaking “to facilitate legitimate travel, including investing $42 million over two years to improve the way Canada processes temporary resident applications. This investment, which began in 2013, aims to meet the growing demand to process applications for those who want to come to Canada temporarily.”

Quick facts from the Immigration Minister announcement:

  • Canada continues to be a preferred destination for visitors and business travellers alike. In 2013, Canada issued 975,181 visitor visas.
  • The MEV is particularly popular among visitors from China, India and Mexico who hold 10-year passports and have been eligible to apply for a 10-year visa.
  • The demand for MEVs has grown: between 2002 and 2013, the number of MEVs issued more than doubled from more than 150,000 in 2002 to more than 486,000 in 2013.
  • In April 2014, CIC issued more than 100,000 visitor visas, of which more than 95,000 were MEVs.
  • In February 2014, the government reduced the fee for MEVs from CAD$150 to $100.
  • CAN+ is one of a number of facilitative programs available to make it easier and faster for Mexican citizens to come to Canada and to improve the efficiency of legitimate travel.

If you need additional information or assistance in applying for visit visas to Canada, US, Autralia, New Zealand or European nations including the Schengen states, you may call the Immigrant Visa Center at (02) 634-8717.  For easier access, Quezon City residents as well as those from Caloocan, Malabon, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Pangasinan may visit IVC’s new office in Quezon City.

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