The High Commissioner for Canada, Lilian Chatterjee, announced the news of the addition to Canada’s CAN+ Programme on social media.
Dominica joins Canada’s CAN+ Programme
Chatterjee who serves seven sovereign nations – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; as well as the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and three British Overseas Territories – Montserrat, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands – tweeted that:
“Canada values its relations with Dominica. Glad to announce that Dominica is in the CAN+ program for expedited visa processing for its citizens who had Canadian visas over past 10 years or valid current US visa.”
An easier process
The government of Canada initiated the CAN+ Visa programme, which is a facilitation programme for a Temporary Resident Visa Application to Canada. The programme speeds up visa processing for tourists who have previously travelled to Canada in the last 10 years or who hold a valid US visa at the time of their Canadian visa application – these tourists are required to submit less documentation than in the normal process.
Applicants who meet the criteria of CAN+ do not need to provide financial documents with their application. Additionally, they will also qualify for expedited processing.
Eligible Caribbean countries
The news was announced one day after Canada announced that five Caribbean countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and St Kitts and Nevis – are now part of Canada’s visa-free travel programme, eTA.
Canada and the Commonwealth of Dominica have enjoyed longstanding diplomatic relations since 1978. The relationship is based on multilateral and development cooperation as well as strong people-to-people ties, including tourism and educational exchanges.
Dominica is dominating the tourism industry in the Caribbean
Dominica’s tourism industry is flourishing and the country continues to be recognised as one of the world’s best travel destinations. It’s hidden gems and attractions embrace both the beauty as well as history and rich culture of the island. Recently, TIME Magazine nominated Dominica in the “Keeping the Caribbean Beautiful” category in the world’s most extraordinary travel destinations competitions. Additionally, The magazine applauded the country’s goal to be the world’s first climate-resilient nation by 2030.