Canadian Government to Remove Visa Requirement For Mexicans

A Mexican passport. Mexico could soon be added to the Canadian government’s list of visa-exempt countries

The Canadian government is in talks with the government of Mexico to eliminate visa requirements for Mexicans travelling to Canada. Prime Minister Harper said he would only create a visa exemption for Mexicans if it was assured that it would not lead to a flood of asylum claims.

Canada has had problems with large numbers of refugee claimants arriving in the country from countries that it has made visa-exempt, in particular Hungary.

Almost all of these claimants end up being rejected by the Refugee Board or abandoning their claim, but not before receiving thousands of dollars worth of welfare and free health care courtesy of the federal government.

One Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) study estimates each bogus refugee claimant costs Canada $50,000, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of extra costs for the Canadian economy each year due to fraudulent refugee claims.

One measure that could help reduce the problem of bogus refugee claims from visa-exempt countries is the new ‘mini-visa’ that Canada will soon be introducing, which will require individuals from visa-exempt countries excluding the U.S. to acquire a Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) online before boarding their flight to Canada.

The mini-visa will enable Canadian authorities to screen out failed refugee claimants, ending the problem of a merry go-round of deportees returning to Canada to make new claims that take months to process and reject.

——————————————————————————————-
One of our licensed immigration consultants can speak with you in person, online or on the phone about your unique immigration situation and give you a breakdown of your options.bookappointment

This entry was posted in Canada News, Canadian Border Services Agency and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Canadian Government to Remove Visa Requirement For Mexicans

  1. Barry says:

    When will Mr Harper and his government keep their word and remove the visa required for Mexican citizens?????
    I have contacted both the Prime Minister and Mr Alexander…………
    Mr Harper chose not to answer my questions and forwarded my questions to Mr Alexander.
    Mr Alexander has chosen not to answer the email forwarded to him by the Prime Minister or the 3 emails I have sent him.

    This insult to the citizens of Mexico has gone on way too long.
    WHEN WILL OUR GOVERMENT REMOVE THE VISA REQUIRED FOR THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO???

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      Good question. Unfortunately the Canadian government, especially the current one, makes many promises which it fails to keep.

  2. Richard says:

    I think its time for a new government in Canada. Its very obvious Mr Harper has a god complex………….He says lots but does little to back up his promises, all of this is only hurting Canada’s reputation world wide. I will remove the gst, yah right……….another empty promise made by our prime minister. Nobody know what Mr Harpers agenda is except that he is ruining Canada for with bringing in people from countries that nobody, not even their own country wants…………
    This government needs to be voted out………………How much longer will Canadians put up with Harper and his lies………….

  3. barry says:

    I think its time for a new government in Canada. Its very obvious Mr Harper has a god complex………….He says lots but does little to back up his promises, all of this is only hurting Canada’s reputation world wide. I will remove the gst, yah right……….another empty promise made by our prime minister. Nobody know what Mr Harpers agenda is except that he is ruining Canada for with bringing in people from countries that nobody, not even their own country wants…………
    This government needs to be voted out………………How much longer will Canadians put up with Harper and his lies………….

  4. Tom says:

    When is the Liberal government going to remove the visa restriction for Mexico?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *