Canada Imposes Visas on St Lucia and St Vincent

Citizens of St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines now require a visa to travel to Canada.

For the first 48 hours, or until 11:59 pm on September 12, citizens of these countries who are in transit to Canada at the time the visa requirement takes effect will be able to receive a temporary resident permit on arrival in Canada, free of charge, if they are not otherwise inadmissible to Canada.

This change will allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and its partners to screen more travellers for security risks prior to their arrival in Canada.

This will help significantly reduce the risk that individuals engaged in organized crime or the trafficking of persons could gain entry to Canada.

A main reason why the Canadian Government has imposed visa requirements on St Lucia and St Vincent is unreliable travel documents in particular, criminals from these countries can legally change their names and acquire new passports.

In some instances, people who were removed from Canada as security risks later returned using different passports.

Nationals from St Lucia and St Vincent who want to travel to Canada will first need to apply for a visitor visa and meet the requirements to receive one.

These requirements will better protect the safety of Canadians by preventing foreign criminals from coming to Canada in the first place.

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