Canada to increase validity of Indian visit visas to ten years

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Canada will introduce a ten-year, multiple entry visit visa for Indian nationals starting in the middle of July 2011. Currently, the maximum validity of visitor visas for Indian nationals is five years.

"The 10-year visas will be available from mid-July," said Bruce Grundison, Deputy Immigration Programme Manger of the Canadian High Commission.

He stated that some technical issued needed to be worked out in the interim.

According to Canadian International Trade Minister and Asia-Pacific Gateway Minister Edward Fast, the new visa regime is expected to lead to improved trade relations between Canada and India.