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Canada issues a record number of visitor visas

Canada issued a record number of visitor visas in 2012 with almost one million visas approved. This represents an increase of almost 40 per cent since 2004 and reaffirms the fact that Canada continues to be a destination of choice for visitors.

“Welcoming more international travellers to Canada creates jobs and growth in our country,” said Minister of State Maxime Bernier. “Receiving a visa in a timely and efficient manner is important to our visitors, and helps position Canada competitively as a destination of choice in the world.”

Several new measures are used to attract visitors to Canada and facilitate their travel. For example, in July 2011, the duration of multiple-entry visas was extended from five years to 10 years. This allows visitors to enter and exit Canada for up to six months at a time over 10 years. In addition, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for the new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, which is also valid for up to 10 years and allows parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time.

Posted: Mar 3, 2013

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