On November 14, 2013, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration
Minister, Chris Alexander, announced that, effective immediately,
Czech nationals will no longer require a temporary resident visa to
visit Canada. Czech nationals can now stay in Canada for up to six
months visa-free, which is consistent with all other visa exempt
nationals. This reverses Canada's previous decision to impose visa requirements
on Czech nationals, which came into effect on July 14, 2009.
At that time, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
("CIC") justified its decision based on the fact that
nearly 3,000 refugee claims had been filed by Czech nationals since
the visa requirement was lifted in October 2007. In contrast, there
were less than five such claims in 2006 when the visa requirement
was still in place. At the time that the visa requirement was
reinstated in 2009, the Czech Republic was the second top source
country for refugee claims.
CIC has stated that a recent visa policy review of the Czech
Republic has revealed that it now meets the criteria for a visa
exemption. Visa policy reviews are based on several criteria,
including a country's immigration issues (such as violation
rates and asylum claims), the integrity of a country's travel
documents, safety and security issues, border management, human
rights and bilateral relations.
CIC further justified its decision to lift the visa requirement
by referring to recent changes in Canada's refugee system. In
particular, claimants from the Czech Republic will be processed
more quickly as it is a designated country of origin, and those
whose claims are rejected will be removed from Canada within a few
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