Bulgaria and Romania Visa-Exempt After December 01 2016

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that it intends to remove the passport-visa requirement for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania effective December 1st. This will mean that nationals of this country will be eligible to travel to Canada temporarily without first applying to a visa office. As with citizens of most other visa-exempt countries, these individuals will typically need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) first. However, ETAs are typically decided within minutes as opposed to weeks for visa applications.

The removal of the entry visa requirement will also mean that nationals of these two countries will become eligible to apply for many classes of temporary work permit at a Canadian port of entry upon arrival, again as opposed to the need for applying in advance to the visa office.

This can shave months off the processing of work permit applications in these cases. Negotiations between Canada and the EU on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) helped precipitate this change, that the two nations had been pushing for for some time. The government of Canada has reserved the right to re-institute the visa requirement if a trend towards irregular immigration develop.

Posted in Entry Visa, Temporary Work Permits on Nov 01, 2016