Permanent residents, international students and visitor visas account for record year
May 29, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, marked the finale of Asian Heritage Month by announcing at Markham’s Sino-Canada Educational and Cultural Festival that Canada welcomed nearly 361,000 visitors from China in 2014 – up 34 percent from the previous year.
In addition to temporary resident visas, nearly 25,000 people from China became permanent residents in 2014. Canada also welcomed a record 65,600 students from China in 2014.
Nearly 94 percent of visitors in 2014 received a Multiple Entry Visa (MEV), which allows visitors to leave and return to Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years. MEVs are a fast, flexible and convenient option for frequent visitors to Canada.
Canada offers many opportunities for Chinese travellers, skilled workers, students and business people, including the recently announced Can-plus program in China, which will help build on the growth seen from Asia’s large market and economy.
In order to facilitate deeper trade and travel ties for Chinese visitors to Canada, a new visa office will be opening in Guangzhou this summer, further expanding CIC’s presence in China.