CANADA is allowing nationals of China, India and Mexico who have travelled to the US or Canada within the last decade to acquire a multiple-entry visa with 10-year validity.
Applications for the new CAN+ visa can be processed within five days over the usual 10. The visa was pilot tested in May with a five-year validity and was officially launched this month with twice the length of validity.
Canada also offers Indians, Chinese and Mexican nationals the Super Visa, for those whose child or grandchild resides in Canada; and the Express Visa for business travellers.
Canada issued over 130,000 visas to Indians in 2013.
Ashwani Gupta, managing partner, Amritsar-based Dove Travels, explained: “A third of all Indians travelling to Canada are repeat visitors and will easily qualify for CAN+. Many Indians visit friends and relatives there. The new visa will boost Indian arrivals by at least 15 per cent immediately."
Reuven Sagi, director, RAS International Tours Mexico, said: “Canada is a popular destination and fast-track visas will grow the outbound tourist traffic by 15 per cent.”