Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, announced on 12th May, 2014, that the government of Canada was taking concrete steps to enable and facilitate easier entry for legitimate Mexican visitors. Thus, under a new program called the CAN+ program, Mexican citizens who have traveled to Canada in the previous 10 years are eligible for faster and accelerated processing of their visas. Thus, through fast-tracking such applications, and making (or, freeing up) more officers available to work on other applications, the CAN+ program will have a positive effect on the processing of applications, overall.
Similarly, the Multiple-Entry Visa (MEV) program is also another program which is allowing the smoother and more efficient disposal of visa applications. In this program, visitors arrive and can stay up to 6 months in a single instance, for multiple times, in Canada, within 10 years. These visitors are typically individuals coming to Canada on a holiday vacation or to meet and spend time with family. This program has also become very popular with aliens and particularly with those from China, India and Mexico.
And there are also more facts and statistics which back up the assertion that Canada’s ties with Mexico are growing and will continue to grow at a rapid pace, in the future. Thus, 34,000 visitor visas, study and work permits were issued to Mexican visitors, students and workers, respectively, between January and April 2014 which represents a 20 percent increase from the same period in 2013. Reciprocally, about 2 million of Canada’s citizens visit Mexico each year. CAN+ program will speed visa processing for an expected 50 percent or more of Mexican travelers to Canada. Also, CIC Canada offers three ‘Express programs’ that help Mexican business people, tourist groups and students come to Canada faster. These programs are named Business Express, Travel Express and Mexican Student Pilot, respectively.