The Canadian government has come to the conclusion that citizens from the small Caribbean nation, Antigua and Barbuda, no longer meet the criteria for a visa exemption. As a result, any current Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)'s that have been issued will unfortunately become void and the individuals affected will no longer be able to utilize their ETA to enter Canada and must obtain a visa. Watch our video below on the changes for this particular country and why these changes were introduced.
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda Now Require a Visa Video
The Canadian government has not made any official announcement as to why this country is becoming a visa-required country; however, the media has reported many interesting points in this regard. For instance, the media has reported that the country's Citizenship by Investment programs permits international investors and their respective families to proceed in obtaining citizenship in the country. Therefore, they are issued a passport, for either a contribution of $200,000 USD, a real estate investment of $400,000 USD, and/or an investment into a business of $1.5 million USD. As a result, applicants that participate in the Citizenship by Investment program are allowed to apply without having any previous ties or connections to the country itself. For this reason, Canada may have further investigated to see if Antigua and Barbuda still qualified for the visa exemption. Canada will continue to allow citizens of Antigua and Barbuda to visit Canada, all while protecting the integrity of Canada's immigration system and ensuring that all Canadians are safe. Furthermore, this video also explains how individuals can obtain a Temporary Resident Visa to travel, therefore, make sure to watch the video in it's entirety if you are interested in applying for a Temporary Resident Visa.
If you are a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, or any other country that has a visa requirement, and would like to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa but are unsure what documents to include with your application or how to get started then please don’t hesitate to contact us at 416-477-2545. Our immigration experts will be glad to assist you with your immigration matter.
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