Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to Canada Sir Ron Sanders has announced that citizens will no longer be allowed to process Canadian visa applications remotely.
Come December, the application process will require residents to present themselves physically.
Presently, the documents are shipped to Trinidad and Tobago for processing.
The high-ranking diplomat says “I have raised with the Canadian authorities the additional costs that Antigua and Barbuda citizens will face. (I can only speak for Antigua and Barbuda, although all OECS nationals face the same situation).”
“In this connection, I am traveling to Ottawa in July to discuss other creative ways in which the biometric data for visas could be secured without nationals having to incur the cost of traveling to Trinidad,” he added.
“Citizens of All CARICOM countries, except Bahamas and Barbados, who want to enter Canada have to get a Visa. In the case of all the OECS countries, they will have to travel to Trinidad which is the closest location at which Canada has a visa-issuing agency,” Sir Ron said in an email to Antigua Newsroom.
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