The Government of Canada announced today that it has instated a visa requirement for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda due to concerns regarding the integrity of travel documents originating from this country. Effective immediately, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda will require a temporary resident visa to enter Canada and Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTAs) previously issued to citizens of this country will no longer be valid.
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are now required to apply for a temporary resident visa at a Canadian Visa Office abroad prior to travelling to Canada. Temporary resident visas may be valid for up to ten (10) years and authorize multiple entries to Canada for up to six months at a time. The implications of this new visa requirement are as follows:
– Travellers in transit between June 27, 2017, and June 29, 2017
The Government of Canada will work with airlines to facilitate travel for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda who are already in transit to Canada.
– Travellers with confirmed flights to Canada between June 27, 2017 and July 11, 2017
For citizens of Antigua and Barbuda who booked and purchased their flights to Canada prior to June 27, 2017, the Canadian Visa Office in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago will expedite the processing of visa applications if proof of purchased flights and itinerary information is provided. The estimated processing time for these visa applications is approximately 24 hours.
– Travellers with confirmed flights to Canada after July 11, 2017
An application for a temporary resident visa may be submitted online or by paper via a Visa Application Centre. The closest Visa Application Centre to Antigua and Barbuda is located in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The estimated processing time for these visa applications is approximately 14 calendar days.
– Dual citizens
Dual citizens of Canada and Antigua and Barbuda need a valid Canadian passport to travel to Canada.
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda who are dual citizens with a visa-exempt country may apply for an eTA using the passport of the visa-exempt country.
– Lawful permanent residents of the United States (Green Card holders)
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda who are Green Card holders need an eTA to travel to or transit through Canada by plane. If an individual previously held an eTA, a new one will be required. These travellers must travel to Canada with their U.S. Green Card and valid passport.
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda who are Green Card holders who are not travelling to Canada by plane need to carry their U.S. Green Card and valid passport when crossing the border into Canada.
– Visitors, students and temporary workers in Canada
All existing status documents for temporary visit, study, or work in Canada remain valid. However, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda who plan to travel outside Canada must obtain a visa to return to Canada.
The new visa requirement for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda will make it more difficult and costly for citizens of this country to travel to Canada. Therefore, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda and employers recruiting from this country should be cognizant of this new requirement and plan accordingly.
For further details regarding the new visa requirement for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, or any other immigration matter, please contact a member of our team.