27 September 2016

All Brazil Consulates Processing Visas

The Consul of the Embassy of Brazil informed us this afternoon that all three Brazilian consulates in Canada are once again processing visas for all Canadian applicants.

However, we were told by the consul that processing times are still longer than normal and that there is no timeline yet for the resumption of normal service.

Canadians are cautioned to plan for substantial delays in visa processing, and are warned to apply ninety (90) days prior to travel in order to secure a visa.

Click here for Brazilian visas.

19 September 2016

New Passport Requirement for Return to Canada (for Dual Nationals)

Starting 30 September 2016 Canadian citizens and Canadian citizens whoa re dual nationals MUST have a valid Canadian PASSPORT to travel to Canada before they can board their flight.

A valid Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel document that provides proof that you are a citizen and have the right to enter Canada without being subjected to immigration screening. Make sure that the expiry date of the passport is well beyond your planned return date.

If you are a Canadian citizen and a citizen of a visa-exempt country (dual Canadian citizen) who currently uses your non-Canadian passport to fly to Canada, you cannot apply for an eTA. This is because eTA was set up to screen foreigners for admissibility to enter Canada on a temporary basis.

Every Canadian citizen has the right to enter Canada and is not subject to immigration screening. Travelling with a valid Canadian passport proves that you are a citizen.

You must use your Canadian passport to enter Canada. It is no longer advisable or wise to try this with a foreign passport.

Canadians must enter on their Canadian passports.



26 August 2016

Brazil on Strike - NO BRAZILIAN VISAS

Effective immediately, staff of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, and the Brazilian embassies and all consulates general of Brazil world wide are on strike for an indefinite period.

1)  NO VISAS WILL BE ISSUED by the Brazilian authorities anywhere in the world.

2)  Only emergency visas, as strictly and closely defined by Brazilian law, will be considered. Emergency visas do not include business or conference or student or researcher or cruise or tourist or family visit visas.

Canadians are warned to avoid all attempts to travel to Brazil until the strike has been settled and visas are once again being issued.

Once again, there are NO VISAS being issued by Brazil due to a strike by the foreign ministry staff.

There is NO WAIVER to allow Canadian to enter without a visa during the strike. Do NOT attempt to enter Brazil without a visa.

11 August 2016

China Requires Your Old Passport

Effective immediately, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China requires that all persons seeking a Chinese visa of any type provide their previous (old / cancelled) passport, in addition to their current valid signed passport.

1)
The new rules state that if your current valid signed passport was issued on or later than 1 January 2014, you must provide the original of your previous passport.

or,

2)
If you no longer possess the old passport, you must provide a typed and signed original letter explaining why you do not have the previous old passport,

and,

3)
You must also provide a typed and signed original letter with a full and complete list of all countries visited in the last two (2) years in the following format:
“FRANCE - Paris, June 2015, 10 days”
"KENYA - Nairobi, January 2016, 5 days"

All three requirements are mandatory. Any application without the second passport, or the letters, will be automatically rejected by the Chinese visa officers.

Click here for China visa forms.

14 July 2016

Kenya Increasing Visa Fees

Effective 01 August 2016 the government of Kenya is increasing the visa fees charged at the Kenyan High Commission in Canada.

Tourist and business visa prices are rising to $65 per visa. This is a thirteen dollar increase.

East Africa Tourist Visas (EATV) prices are rising to $130 per visa.

Transit visas will be $35 for a single-entry and $75 for a double-entry visa.

Click here for Kenya visa forms.

11 July 2016

Canada Post Lock-Out by Management

Dear Clients

PLEASE use FedEx or Purolator couriers to ship your passports and applications to our office for the foreseeable future.
CanadaPost has said it retains the right to lock-out the workers.
This will result in any packages being stuck in storage for the duration of the lockout- or strike. There will be no getting the package out until it is all over.

Azerbaijan Price Changes

Until recently all Azeri visas cost US$100. A recent embassy price change dropped the fee for a single-entry visa down to US$20, but raised the multi-entry fee to US$350.

So now you either save $80, or pay an incredible extra $250 on top of the previous price.

No other requirements have changed.

Click here for Azerbaijan visa forms.

Madagascar Visa Prices Change

The Embassy of Madagascar has altered their visa prices again, but it is not bad and Canadians can still get a basic single-entry visa for $45. Prices for other classes and entries have changed a bit.

Click here for Madagascar visa forms.

China Requires More Details from Dual Nationals

Effective immediately the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese consulates require a lot more information and documentation from Canadians who are either dual-nationals, or who were born in another country, or who later became citizens of a foreign country.

Dual nationals MUST provide the original of their second passport, or a signed letter attesting that they do not hold a second country’s passport..

Dual nationals MUST provide a signed letter detailing the circumstances of the original and also the most recent arrival in Canada, and which passport they used for each of those entries. The letter must detail when you became a Canadian citizen.

These requirements are being very broadly interpreted to apply to anyone who was not born in Canada or who claims to have a second passport. If you have the slightest doubt about your status in this regard, send EVERYTHING requested above, as the Chinese embassy is stopping all such applications pending furtehr documentation.

Click here for China visa forms.

Russian Voucher Numbers Change

Effective immediately the registration number on Russian vouchers issued by our partner (OOO Atlanta) has changed.

When you are filling out the new Russian visa application you must include the new registration number (017328).

Click here for Russian tourist visa forms.