Budget Cut… Good News?

I have always wondered why in most countries, some groups of people have to step out of the country to revalidate or renew their expiring Canadian visas.

In the United States, as an example, students on F1 visas are usually given 2 years of visa, though well known that the student has a 4 year course. At the Entry Port, the student is issued 1-94 document, which enables the student to stay until date of completion of course, but the student must renew visa after 2 years, if student intends to visit anywhere outside US. This visa can only be renewed by going back to country of Origin or step out to countries like Canada, Mexico, or other countries bordering US.

For Canada, Temporary foreign Workers and International Students, visas are also not renewable within Canada, but at the Buffalo, US Canadian post.

Now, thanks to the Federal Budget cut, this and many other things are changing.

Due to the proposed closure of this consulate, temporary foreign workers and foreign students already working in Canada or studying within Canada, can now renew their expiring visas within, either by paying appropriate fees online, and where interview is required, this will now hold within Canada. I cannot wait to see the new in-Canada visa program commence.

Good news to all affected workers and students.

Anthony Fajobi
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku


Canada ending ‘Buffalo shuffle’ for visas, closing consulate

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