New Visa Application Centre to Open in China

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The government of China has expressed that it will approve Canada’s proposal to open seven extra visa application centres across China. The declaration, which was broadly expected after a late visit to China by Canada’s Immigration Minister, John McCallum, comes amid an official visit to China by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

With the number of Chinese tourists travelling to Canada rising up to 24 percent in the initial six months of 2016, just Americans and Britons visit Canada more than the Chinese. The declaration was made in a joint statement on September 1, 2016, which additionally touched on trade, security, and environment issues. The amount of visa offices in China is presently planned to be raised from five (including Hong Kong) to 12.

“This is an important element that Prime Minister Trudeau is promoting in his visit to China,” Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s Envoy to Canada expressed. “As of this summer, you can fly to Canada from 11 cities here in China . . . that’s why (we) need to have more visa application centres.”

Saint-Jacques found that the number of Chinese vacationers who visited Montreal this year has spiked by 200% since an immediate Air China flight from Beijing was included in September, 2015.

The accurate locations of the seven new visa application centres is not clear right now. Be that as it may, amid Minister McCallum’s recent visit to China, the accompanying five cities were assigned as likely new locations for Canadian visa offices; Chengdu, Nanjing, Wuhan, Jinan and Shenyang. They could possibly open in about a year. Notwithstanding accepting Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applications from Chinese nationals who wish to visit Canada for tourism reasons, the visa offices are additionally expected to process applications from international understudies and foreign workers.

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