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Renewed the travel information for Mexicans visiting Canada.

In order to maintain the integrity of our immigration system and encourage tourism and intimate connections between Canada and Mexico, the Canadian government is modifying the restrictions for Mexican nationals traveling to Canada.

Written by Thelearnvine

Over the past 80 years, Canada and Mexico have had a strong and cooperative diplomatic partnership. We have made efforts to ensure that North America keeps the most economically competitive area in the world and to maintain dynamic bilateral, regional, and multilateral cooperation. In order to maintain the integrity of our immigration system and encourage tourism and intimate connections between Canada and Mexico, the Canadian government is modifying the restrictions for Mexican nationals traveling to Canada.

Mexican individuals who are traveling by air on a Mexican passport and who possess a valid US non-immigrant visa or who have held a Canadian visa within the last ten years will be eligible to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) starting at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time on February 29, 2024. The majority of Mexican People will continue to be able to travel to Canada without a visa because so many of them currently have US visas. If these requirements are not met, the applicant must submit an application for a guest visa to Canada. This is in response to a rise of Mexican nationals' rejected, withdrew, or abandoned . This is a critical step in maintaining the freedom of movement for hundreds of thousands of people of Mexico and guaranteeing the efficient operation of our asylum and immigration processes.

For Mexican nationals looking to get a work or study permit, the application continues same  procedure. Mexican nationals seeking work in Canada will still be able to take use of a variety of current labor routes, such as the International Mobility Program and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Canada is in support of continuing commerce, travel, and tourism with Mexico. We will keep collaborating with the Mexican government to improve our normal immigration routes, and with our counterparts in the provinces and territories to promote a controlled migratory system and assist those need protection. To further assist these customers, Canada is growing its network of visa application centers in Mexico. With today's decision, Canada's borders, immigration system, housing stock, and social services will be less taxed, and Mexican people who choose to immigrate to Canada will still have freedom of movement.

 The kind of mutually beneficial migration that we want to see promoted both locally and internationally is the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). With the development of a new bilateral SAWP agreement, Canada is prepared to collaborate with Mexico to expand this program and provide Mexican workers with new possibilities by incorporating year-round primary agricultural, seasonal fish and shellfish, and primary food processing into the program. Businesses and employees on both sides of the Canada–Mexico border will gain from this.

Canada keeps a close eye on the trends in asylum claims as well as the effects of its visa policy for both nations that require and do not require a visa. These issues are not exclusive to any one nation. Any modifications to Canada's travel regulations are implemented with the intention of maintaining the sustainability and integrity of our immigration and refugee procedures.

Basic information

  • In 2023, Mexican nationals' asylum claims  hit a reord high, coinciding with a period of severe strain on Canada's social services, housing stock, and asylum procedures. About 60% of these applications were either withdrawn or abandoned by the applicant, or the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada denied them.
  • Just 17% of all asylum requests worldwide in 2023 came from Mexican nationals. These petitions are outstanding. Since the visa was initially removed in 2016, the number of asylum requests in the nation has increased dramatically (from 260 claims in 2016 to 23,995 claims in 2023).
  • Except for eTAs connected to Mexican passports having a valid work or study permit in Canada, all eTAs granted to Mexican passports before 11:30 p.m. Eastern time on February 29, 2024, will be void. If they are qualified, Mexican nationals visiting Canada without a valid employment or study permit must reapply for an eTA or apply for a guest visa.
  •  As long as their current eTA is valid, Mexican nationals with valid work or study permits may continue to enter Canada by air and pursue their studies or careers there, according to the terms and limitations of their permission. For as long as they are permitted, Mexican travelers who are already in Canada under an eTA may remain (up to six months from the date of arrival in Canada). But, they need to have the appropriate travel documentation (new eTA or visa) if they want to leave Canada and then want to return.
  • The majority of visa applicants who are granted approval are granted multiple-entry visas, which let them travel to Canada as often as they choose for a maximum of ten years, or until their passport expires.
  • For most visa-exempt travelers, entering or leaving Canada by air requires the eTA, a digital travel document. In 2017, the IRCC started extending the reach of its eTA program to qualified nationals of nations where a visa is required. Now, provided they fulfill certain qualifications, citizens of Mexico will be able to travel to Canada without a visa by using an electronic travel agreement (eTA).
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