Beginning July 14, 2009, citizens of the Czech Republic and
Mexico now require a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) to travel to
Czech citizens may apply for a TRV from the Canadian Visa Office
in Vienna, Austria, which currently serves nationals from several
other European countries. Mexican citizens may apply at the
Canadian Embassy in Mexico City, and are encouraged to send their
applications by courier or mail rather than in person, as
short-term delays are expected while Citizenship and Immigration
Canada (CIC) works to increase the processing capacity of the
Applicants from both countries must satisfy the granting officer
that they meet the visa requirements in place for all Canadian
TRVs, namely that their visit is temporary, the approved time will
not be overstayed, they have sufficient funds to cover their stay,
are in good health, have no criminal record, and will not pose a
security risk to Canada.
The stated purpose of introducing the visa requirements is to
reduce the burden on the refugee system resulting from an influx of
refugee claims from the Czech Republic and Mexico in recent years.
Mexico is currently the top source country for refugee claims, with
9,400 claims in 2008. The Czech Republic is the second, with 3,000
claims since October 2007 when the previous visa requirement was
removed. When announcing the new requirements, the Minister of
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism emphasized that
Canada has strong ties with both the Czech Republic and Mexico, and
continues to welcome all genuine travellers from both
For futher information, please view the following news releases
from Citizenship and Immigration Canada:
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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