IRCC expands Visa Application Centre network in China

Posted on November 22, 2017

Nearly 12 Visa Application Centres are open in China in order to support the rising demand for temporary resident visa services, said the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). According to IRCC, more than 500,000 visa requests have been received from China so far this year, which represents a 15 percent increase over last year.

Seven new Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Nanjing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Shenyang and Wuhan have now been added to the network, which already comprises centres in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. IRCC stated that Chinese residents are Canada’s fastest-growing tourism market and it’s third-largest after the United States and the United Kingdom. It is estimated that Chinese Visitors have contributed more than $1.4 Billion to Canada’s Economy during the year 2016.

The fresh addition of regular non-stop Air Canada flights from Shanghai to Montreal and a direct Air Canada / Air China flight from Beijing to Montreal three times in a week have aided foster increase in Chinese tourism to the city, with other major Canadian cities, comprising of Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, also having direct flights to and from locations in China.IRCC says the stated that VAC network can now make it “easier than ever for Chinese residents to apply for a visa.”

VACs are managed privately and are only accredited to provide visa applicants with detailed services such as answering applicant questions in local languages and ensuring applications are complete.VACs cannot offer information to applicants about their visas, and all decisions concerning their applications are made by IRCC officials.

“At IRCC, we are dedicated to successful client service for applicants and being more efficient,” said Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, Ahmed Hussen. “These improvements will better serve Chinese applicants as we carry on to build stronger business and personal connections between our two countries and welcome immigrants to the Canadian family.”