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Canadian visa change forces Mexican household to cancel Vancouver journey

A Mexican man says his household has misplaced out on a deliberate journey to Vancouver after the Canadian authorities’s sudden change in visa necessities went into impact final week.

Christian Hernandez, his spouse and two children had a visit booked to Vancouver to go to household on the finish of the month, however his spouse’s U.S. visa had expired and would take weeks to resume. Hernandez says the Canadian authorities’s quick discover earlier than their journey was irritating.

“It was simply so sudden that it simply stopped us in our tracks and now we don’t have a trip deliberate,” Hernandez instructed CTV Information Vancouver, explaining he noticed many social media posts from different travellers saying they needed to cancel plans.

The rule change, which was introduced on Feb. 29 and got here into impact later that very same day, requires all Mexican nationals who do not have a U.S. non-immigrant visa or who haven’t have a Canadian visa within the final 10 years to use for one. These coming for college or work are exempt beneath the brand new guidelines. 

Hernandez stated his household spent about $8,000 on flights, which he received a voucher for, nevertheless it expires in a yr. Additionally they misplaced cash spent on upgrades, like having the ability to decide seats collectively. He stated his household additionally spent about $1,600 on Airbnb reservations and so they solely received about $400 again. As well as, he spent cash reserving a resort room for a few nights.

“I am undoubtedly mad at Canada at this level. However, Vancouver is a gorgeous city and I might by no means cease seeing my sisters,” he stated.

“I am mad I spent a bunch of cash I wasn’t planning on. A few of it may be recovered, a few of it could’t and a few of it is caught. So yeah, I’m undoubtedly mad. I jokingly stated, ‘you understand lets go some place else, spend our cash someplace not in Canada.’ However I’ll spend it will definitely in Canada once more, I do love going to Canada.”

Vacation spot BC stated in an emailed assertion to CTV Information Vancouver that Mexico is “an necessary marketplace for B.C. not only for the quantity of travellers that arrive right here, however for the size of time that they keep, and the quantity they spend in vacation spot.”

“B.C. has lengthy held the fame of an open vacation spot who is raring to welcome guests,” the assertion stated. “Any limitations to journey definitely have the potential to affect this fame, and sadly, we’re listening to from some journey commerce companions already of reserving cancellations.”

As of Friday, processing occasions for a customer visa for somebody coming to Canada from Mexico is predicted to be 41 days, in accordance with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

In 2016, the visa requirement was lifted to make it simpler for individuals from Mexico to make asylum claims in Canada.

Since then, Canada has seen a major rise in asylum claims from the area. Immigration Minister Marc Miller stated final Thursday that Mexican nationals accounted for 17 per cent of all asylum claimants in 2023, and most of their claims are both rejected by IRCC, or withdrawn by the candidates.

Based on the Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada acquired greater than 25,000 refugee claims from Mexican nationals final yr, essentially the most of any nation.

With information from CTV Information Vancouver’s Becca Clarkson and Ben Nesbit 

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