Federal Government Imposing Visa Requirements on St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland

The tropical Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia was one of the countries that lost its visa-exempt status in Canada on September 12th due to what CIC said were high levels of asylum claims and unreliable passports

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced this week that citizens of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (St. Vincent), Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland will require a visa to travel to Canada, effective 12:01 AM EDT on September 12th.

Individuals who held passports from these countries were previously visa exempt, but due to what CIC says is unreliability in the authenticity of travel documents from these countries, the exemption is being repealed. It was found that citizens from these countries were able to legally change their names and acquire new passports, allowing them to re-enter Canada with new passports after being deported from Canada as security risks.

Visa requirements were also imposed due to the excessively high number of asylum seekers from St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Namibia. The worst offender was Namibia, from which an astonishing 71 percent of those who visited Canada claimed refugee status in 2011, according to CIC.

Commenting on the visa imposition, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said: “These changes are necessary because all the countries concerned have an immigration violation rate of over thirty percent, well above the level we deem acceptable for countries benefiting from a visa exemption.”

CIC said that the Canadian government regularly reviews the visa requirements it places on other countries, and that countries are aware of the conditions they must meet to receive a visa exemption.

3 thoughts on “Federal Government Imposing Visa Requirements on St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland

  1. My name is Anayo i am a nigerian i live in Florida.I used to live in toronto back
    in december 23rd 1990 the very day i came to canada.At the time i made refugee claim.In 1991 i was adopted by a canadian woman.During that time Ms
    Verona patricia Gorch adopted me i was an adult already.My adoptive mother
    did not file the papers for me.What happened was one of my friend at the time i was having some problems with he said to me that i will never get permanent resident of canada.He was jelous of me because i was adopted by a

  2. I need to speak to someone in the canadian government.My adoptive mother past away since 2004 november.
    I came to canada August 2011. I was deported back to u.s because in 2001 i had
    an accident in florida i almost lost.At the time the accident happened I was not a permanent resident of united states.The case was ruled against me because of i was not a permanent resident of United States.
    that i left the scene of accident.Now iam a U.S citizen

  3. My name is Anayo Jerry Udenwoke i sent an email to the minister for immigration
    Mr Jason Kenney please i need to hear from you .I understood that you are very beasy all the time.Please would you email me or call me at (904) 6193180 home or
    (904) 3493365 cell.May the almighty God bless you in jesus name amen

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