Ten-year multiple-entry visa
The CIC has recently announced that it will be considering issuing a Ten Year multiple entry visa for visitors from low risk countries specifically targeting business travelers who are increasingly visiting Canada for business and investments.
The new Ten year multiple entry visa is needed by Canada to harmonize its policies with the growing trend of other countries that have been issuing 10 year multiple entry visas as a way of expediting and rationalizing their immigration entry procedures with that of the need to improve their attractiveness as a business destination.
This ten year visa will still be consistent with Canada’s Immigration and refugee Protection Act specifically the principles of ;
“Facilitating the entry of visitors , students, and temporary workers for purposes such as trade , commerce ,tourism , international understanding and cultural , educational and scientific activities”;
“to protect the health and safety of Canadians and to maintain the security of Canadian society
“:to see that families are reunited in Canada”
As announced by Honourable Jason Kenney , Minister of Citizenship Immigration and Multiculturalism the program will make it more efficient for applicants to come in while at the same time conserve the government resources that are being used in processing these applications.
This is similar to the Super Visa: that was implemented to reduce the backlog of applicants for the Parents and Grandparents of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents. By complying with several requirements such as medical, insurance and the payment of fees , these parents and grandparents will be given an opportunity to enter and stay in Canada to spend their twilight years together with their Canadian Relatives.
Giving a longer term visa will conserve the resources of the government by minimizing the often tedious and low value activities that are not critical to the Canadian immigration process. With a ten year visa business travelers coming from low risk but visa required countries will just be processed once instead of the normal twice or thrice. This will free up the time and resources of the CIC to focus on more important immigrations issues such as the Federal Skilled Worker program ( that has a million cases in the backlog) , the refugee and provincial nominee programs.
The mechanics of the program will be based on the guidelines of the temporary workers program with a multiple visa term based on the validity of the passport minus one month.
In my opinion the thinking and mindset behind the program should be adopted across the whole immigration process in Canada to determine what inefficiencies are present and what are the necessary steps to achieve a more efficient , effective and productive approach that will optimize our resources and maximize our results.