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  • Article: Canada to Lift Mexican Visa Requirement. By Benjamin A. Kranc

    Canada to Lift Mexican Visa Requirement


    In 2009, in the face of surging numbers of refugee claimants, Canada instituted a visa requirement for Mexican citizens to travel to Canada. Whatever impact this move may have had on stemming the tide of refugee claimants, it was both

    • (a) harmful to business, and
    • (b) a sticking point in Mexico-Canada relations.

    The Government of Canada is now set to terminate the visa requirement.

    Effective December 1, 2016, Mexicans will no longer need a visa to seek temporary entry to Canada. This includes entry for the purpose of work, study, business visitation, or ‘ordinary’ visitation. In essence, from this perspective, Mexicans will be in the same position as any other non-visa national.

    Some notes about the impact of this measure:

    Canada is tearing down walls in its relationship with Mexico. This can only serve to improve issues vis-a-vis business immigration and mobility between the countries.

    This post originally appeared on Kranc Associates. Copyright © 2016 Kranc Associates. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

    About The Author

    Benjamin A. Kranc Benjamin A. Kranc is senior principal of Kranc Associates, a leading Canadian corporate immigration law firm. He has many years of experience assisting clients in connection with Canadian immigration and business issues. Ben is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law. He is also on the ‘Who’s Who Legal’ list of foremost practitioners in Canadian corporate immigration, as well as rated as AV Preeminent® in a Martindale-Hubbell peer review. Ben has spoken at numerous conferences, seminars, and information sessions – both for professional organizations and private groups – about issues in Canadian immigration law, and has also taught immigration law at Seneca College in Toronto. In addition, Ben has written extensively. He is the author of a leading text on Canadian immigration law entitled “North American Relocation Law” (Thomson Reuters) and contributing immigration author to the “The Human Resources Advisor” (First Reference Books). Ben can be contacted at (416) 977-7500 ext. 226, or bkranc@kranclaw.com.

    The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.

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