The Liberal government is set to go against its own advisers by
lifting the visa requirement for Mexican tourists, effective
December 1, 2016.
Canadian officials are working with their Mexican counterparts
on final details to ensure a successful visa lift. Until November
30, 2016, the visa requirement is still in place for Mexico and
– until it is lifted – Mexican citizens must continue
to apply for a visa to visit, study or work in Canada. Mexicans can
apply online for a visitor visa on Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship Canada's website, or can use the services of one of the
Visa Application Centres in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
Fears the move will spark an increase in asylum claims from
Mexicans – the reason the restriction was imposed in the
first place – means officials at Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship Canada (IRCC) do not support the move.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ready to go ahead anyway,
putting in place some strict conditions for lifting a condition
which represented part of his campaign when he came to power in
IRCC officials feel the lower standard of living in Mexico will
motivate Mexicans to try to move permanently to Canada.
Furthermore, the officials are understood to have warned that
citizens of surrounding countries could look to use Mexico's
porous passport system as their own route to get to Canada and
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is currently making a state
visit to Canada as part of the Three Amigos summit with Trudeau and
Barack Obama in Ottawa.
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