Ottawa pressed for obtaining longer visas for Canadian travelers going to China

January 30, 2015
Canada seeks to obtain 10-year multi-entry visas from China

According to a proposal tabled in the Canadian Parliament, the Harper government should have open discussions with China along the same lines which permit U.S. travelers with a 10-year multi-entry visa from China. Canada already processes 10-year visas to overseas nationals who are in need of holding a visa, such as the Chinese. On the contrary, Chinese-Canadians who are visiting family, Canadian businessmen and tourists who want to go to China can avail only a year-long visa, which can be extended to two-years with an additional fee.

This gives an edge to the U.S. travelers who frequently go to China as they have been bestowed with the coveted 10-year visa. There is a vast number of Canadians who wish to go to China. I the year 2013, 684,200 Canada citizens had travelled to China. Don Davies, MP of Vancouver Kingsway along with the B.C. Business Council and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives voiced their support for this proposal. 

Less administration for undertaking a journey means more productivity and travel. Ottawa should have a competitive edge with the U.S. when it comes to obtaining business and tourist visas from China and other key foreign markets. This would include more availability of these visas and the time it takes to process and issue them.

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