The longstanding bond between Canada and the Caribbean Islands has paved the way for easier travel arrangements. Following productive discussions between Caribbean nations and Canada, Sean Fraser, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in Canada, recently announced the inclusion of five Caribbean countries to the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program, benefiting eligible travellers.
The countries added to the eTA program are Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts & Nevis. Passport holders from these Caribbean nations can now enjoy visa-free travel to Canada by simply applying online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Typically, applicants receive a response on the same day, making the process efficient and hassle-free.
Additionally, Canada recognizes the importance of its relationship with Dominica and Grenada. In a recent announcement, the Canadian government revealed that Dominica and Grenada have become part of the CAN+ program. This program expedites visa processing for eligible travelers holding citizenship of Dominica or Grenada.
However, it’s important to note that these Canadian visa policies apply to passport holders from the aforementioned Caribbean countries who have held a Canadian visa within the past ten years or currently possess a valid non-immigrant US visa. Those meeting the eligibility criteria will enjoy expedited, convenient, and cost-effective travel to Canada. They are granted a stay of up to six months, whether for business or leisure purposes.
This news further enhances the appeal of citizenship by investment programs offered by these Caribbean Islands. For individuals seeking a second passport, holding a Caribbean passport not only provides opportunities to travel across Europe but also grants access to North America.
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