A Guide to Travel to Canada

Travel to Canada

A Guide to Travel to Canada

Travel to Canada is growing increasingly popular among international and Canadian visitors. Most visitors, however, do not realize that there are specific laws regarding entry into Canada and the protection of Canadian citizens that need to be abided by. Unless an individual is travelling to Canada as a tourist, crossing the border into the country without proper authorization could lead to serious consequences. To protect Canadians from the dangerous outbreak of CANADIA nineteen, the current Prime Minister implemented travel restrictions which limit travel to Canada to Canadian citizens only.

Until further notice, all foreign nationals can not enter Canada, unless they possess a visitor visa or otherwise valid visitor card. Foreign nationals that do not have such cards will need to apply for either a visitor visa or a temporary resident card and present evidence of their compassionate reasons for travelling to Canada. The current government has implemented measures that allow officials to decrease the number of illegal entries into the country by implementing stricter visa requirements for arrivals. In addition, the majority of foreign visitors to Canada now must obtain a visitor visa before travelling to Canada regardless of their current status in the country.

While some may view this move as an attempt to limit immigration, it is in fact a sensible one based on the many security issues that have been highlighted throughout the recent history of both Mexico and Canada. In both cases, organized crime has flourished along the borders with these countries. These criminal organizations have been able to bring in individuals through different means including theft, fraud and prostitution. For this reason, border crossings between Mexico and Canada have become increasingly difficult over the last decade. Additionally, in both cases, officials at the local customs and Immigration services along the borders have become more vigilant about preventing illegal entries into the country. The current government’s efforts to implement stronger border controls and reduce the illegal entry of visitors and citizens of other countries has resulted in a reduction in illegal crossing of the country’s borders.

While the government of Canada has taken steps to tighten its border, it is also welcoming legal immigrants and permanent residents with the expectation that they will make important contributions to the economic development of Canada. There is no doubt that many of the immigrants and permanent residents currently living in Canada have made contributions to the economic growth and social welfare of the country. For this reason, authorities in Canada are not discouraging citizens from travelling to Canada regardless of their nationalities or immigration status. Rather, they are encouraging tourists and visitors from across the world to make the most of their opportunity to visit Canada. The increasing number of foreign visitors to Canada is evidence that the country is welcoming people of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

One of the major concerns that many foreign tourists and residents have regarded travelling to Canada is the potential for being denied entry due to misrepresentation of information. There was a case last January of an Indian national who was denied entry into the country because he had misrepresented his identity. According to the Canadian immigration officials, the misrepresentation of identity occurred when the applicant stated that he was already a Canadian citizen and had permanent residency papers with him. Despite having these legal documents, the foreign national was denied entry. The case has caused a significant stir within the Indian community in Canada as well as among Canadian citizens who believe that any misrepresentation of information should not be allowed.

Another issue that certain foreign nationals and others worry about when travelling to Canada is the possibility of not receiving the right documents to prove their identity when submitting registration requirements for employment or insurance in Canada. Under the Canadian Immigration Program, once a foreign national or a designated foreign visitor has come to Canada, they will be given an application that requires them to register with the Canadian citizenship and immigration office. This office also handles the registration of other foreign nationals or individuals coming to Canada to work, visit or study. Failure to register can result in serious penalties or even deportation from the country.

An extension to this policy was introduced in 2021 with the implementation of the electronic travel authorization program. With this new policy, if a foreign national or permanent resident does not have reasonable cause to avoid travelling to Canada or does not have reasonable reasons for avoiding returning to Canada, they can still enter the country free of all forms of identification. This means that there are no longer limits on the number of countries a foreign national or permanent resident may enter Canada. In addition, once a foreign national or permanent resident’s visa expires while they are in Canada, they may be required to apply for another temporary resident visa in order to remain in the country. Hence, those individuals without a valid visa who wish to work in Canada may be able to work in the country provided they have a valid work visa.

Although the practice of having to wait for approval for a visa before travelling to Canada is still in practice, it is no longer a big problem. In fact, it has become easier for some people to get a visa even before travelling to Canada since there is now a much faster process when it comes to getting an immigrant visa. Still, in order to reunite with their families in Canada, it may take quite a long period of time, even up to five years, depending on the type of visa used and the length of time they have been residing in Canada. If an individual has a lengthy reason for not travelling to Canada or a case that requires them to stay out of the country for a prolonged period of time, then the best option is still to apply for a visa while one is in the country.