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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Improvements made for Latin American travellers to Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expanding its visa application centre network around the world to make visa application processes more efficient. Last month, nine visa application centres were opened in various countries around Latin America, including Santiago, Chile. Eight more offices are set to open this month. After these openings, there will be visa application centres in 35 countries.

“Service improvements are key to making the system for processing visas more effective and responsive to the needs of travellers,” said Minister Ablonczy, speaking on behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “The outcome is a better use of resources, which will benefit both travellers to Canada and Canadians alike.”

Visa application centres provide travellers administrative support by phone, email, or in person. Client service agents at these centers are available to verifty if visa applications are complete.

“VACs are an example of our government’s commitment to improving service to applicants and processing efficiency,” added Minister Ablonczy. “By facilitating the process and making it easier to travel, we make Canada a preferred destination for visitors and business travellers alike.”

For a complete list of the visa application centres, please visit the CIC website.

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