Canada may fast track business visa applications

Sun Media reports that the immigration department is working on a plan to fast-track some business travellers to Canada. Business visitors will then be able to obtain visas much faster than other visitors.

If the plan is put in place employees of established companies that have operations in Canada could be able to get visas in about one or two days.

"As we recognize that business is important to the economy of Canada, we're looking at streamlining the process for business visitors, where we can use the key links between companies that we know exist and are already well-known to the mission, to streamline those processes," assistant deputy minister Claudette Deschenes told members of Parliament's immigration committee.

Deschenes's remarks were made in a recent "informal" meeting of the immigration committee. A transcript of the meeting prepared for MPs was leaked to Sun Media.