By harmonising the single- and multiple-entry visa fees, the visa application process will become simpler for applicants and promote tourism and trade by increasing the number of eligible travellers who are able to make multiple visits to Canada.
SanJeet, Representative, Canadian Tourism Commission, India, welcomed the announcement saying: It is good news for our travellers. The introduction of multiple-entry visas for Indian travellers will moderate their visa hassles and make their visit to Canada easier. The shift will certainly help us generate more outbound figures to Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has increased other fees in the temporary resident program, effective February 6, 2014. These changes will reduce the burden on Canadian taxpayers and ensure that fees closely reflect the real cost of processing applications.
This is an important step in modernizing Canadas processes for travellers, and makes the country more competitive as a preferred destination for visitors and business travellers alike. The multiple Entry Visas are a fast, flexible and convenient option for frequent visitors to Canada that will incent return travel by those issued Canadian visas, and facilitate travel by removing the need for repeat applications and processing fees.
Every year more than 35 million people visit Canada. In 2012, Canada issued a record number of visitor visas with almost one million visas approved, representing an increase of almost 40 percent since 2004. The multiple-entry visa is particularly popular with visitors from India, China and Mexico who hold 10-year passports and have been eligible to apply for a 10-year visa.