OTTAWA — Citizens of India and Brazil will now have an easier time obtaining visas to Canada, thanks to a new initiative, Can+, from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) and Citizen and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the program in New Delhi, India, at a gathering of key trade influencers. The initiative aims to attract more travellers to Canada while boosting trade links between Canada and emerging markets.
“Our government is committed to facilitating trade and travel for genuine visitors and business people from India who contribute positively to the Canadian economy. 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. We value our strong relationship with India, and this initiative will further enhance our economic and cultural ties,” said Alexander.
Indian travellers will now be able to obtain a visa within five days. They must show proof that they have travelled to Canada in the past 10 years and have no security or criminal history. Brazillian travellers must also show proof of visiting Canada in the last decade to obtain multiple-entry visas, which are valid for up to 10 years.