“More applications and higher expectations mean that Citizenship and Immigration Canada needs a more responsive and flexible processing system,” said Minister Kenney. “To achieve that, the Department is providing applicants and staff with the right tools to deliver on those expectations.”
While citizens of some countries, such as the United States, do not require a visitor visa to enter Canada, many countries do require one. The current maximum validity period for a multiple-entry visa is five years. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have noted that many countries are issuing passports that are valid for ten years. As such, CIC is considering allowing multiple-entry visas to be issued to the maximum validity of the passport (up to ten years, minus one month).
CIC has already been issuing these visas for parents and grandparents who have a family sponsorship application in process. The ten-year visas will be an option for low-risk travellers who are citizens of visa-required countries, but limitations on the ten-year visa will be applied on a case-by-case basis.