Canada introduces visa Free Travel for 13 Countries exciting those who are looking forward to it as their destiny for overseas travel.
With the announcement made by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada (IRCC) that passport holders from 13 countries are not required to hold temporary visas for their travels by air. The countries are:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Costa Rica
In order to make the pre-travel screening process faster and more efficient by IRCC, this decision will divert thousands of applications from Canada’s visa caseload.
There are more than 50 countries that don’t require visas to travel to Canada including those that require the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if they are arriving by air. The USA citizens hold the exception not to hold eTA unless it is for study and work. However, other countries are required to have the temporary visas to visit Canada which mandates the purpose of the visit to be temporary in nature.
A backlog of TRV applications is currently being processed by IRCC. 50% of TRV applications are not being processed within the required 14-day period, according to the most recent IRCC backlog data.
According to Minister Fraser, the recent Public Service Alliance of Canada strike had an effect on TRV applications. Fraser informed reporters that there were 100,000 applications that would have been handled during the 12-day strike but weren’t because it occurred from April 19 to May 1. Additionally, he stated that he anticipates IRCC will be able to catch up to pre-pandemic processing norms within the next few weeks or months.