12 August 2011

Improvements to Canadian visa services announced by PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced improvements to visa services and the opening of a Visa Application Centre in Costa Rica, which will make Canada an even more attractive destination for Costa Rican travellers.

Canadian immigration

A new Canadian Visa Application Centre in Costa Rica has been announced.

The Prime Minister made the rannouncement regarding a new Canadian Visa Application Centre during a roundtable discussion with local business leaders.

“In 2010, Canada had the pleasure of welcoming thousands of Costa Rican visitors to our country,” said the Prime Minister. “Improved visa services in Costa Rica will serve to address the number one irritant for the business community and encourage more tourists, students, business people and workers to visit Canada.”

The Government is increasing the number of Visa Application Centres around the world, while improving services at existing locations. This new centre is scheduled to open in September 2011 and supports Canada’s efforts to strengthen its engagement in the Americas.

The Visa Application Centre in Costa Rica will also provide applicants with the option to have their visa issued at the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica, eliminating the need to send their passport outside of the country.

Canada currently has Visa Application Centres in 20 countries.

The Canadian Visa Bureau is an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people make their Canadian immigration application to the Canadian Embassy.

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