Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has launched new CAN+ express visa service for Indians this Monday to facilitate students, businesspersons and visitors. India is the third country after China and Mexico where the CAN+ visa services are being provided. Earlier in the pilot program, visa applications were approved in five days with over 95 per cent of approval rate.
Chris Alexander is in India these days to enhance the economic and social ties between the two countries. At the ocassion of launching the new CAN+ express visa processing service, the immigration minister said, “Our government is committed to facilitating trade and travel for genuine visitors and business people from India who contribute positively to the Canadian economy.”
Indian nationals who have traveled to Canada or the United States during the last ten years will be able to benefit from the new express visa service which is being made available through 10 Canadian Visa Application Centers located throughout India.
In order to process the visa applications quicker, applicants will require to provide less documents that are normally requested to other applicants.
“We are pleased to officially launch the CAN+ program in India, making it faster and easier for Indians to come to Canada to do business, visit family and friends, or to bolster Canada’s tourism industry”, said Chris Alexander.
“We value our strong relationship with India and this initiative will further enhance our economic and cultural ties,”added the Canadian immigration minister.
India is one of the top 10 country for sources of international visitors to Canada. Over 130,000 visitor visas were issued to Indian nationals during the year 2013. Canada also granted 14,000 study permits to the Indian student over the same period.