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India: Canada to issue 10-year visa from mid-July

The 10-year Canadian visa for Indians will be available from mid-July this year, a Canadian official said. In an announcement made last week, the Canadian government announced the validity of multi-entry visas issued for Indians will be increased to 10 years, from the present period of five years.

“The 10-year visas will be available from mid-July,” Bruce Grundison, Deputy Immigration Programme Manager of the Canadian High Commission , said here Thursday. “There are some technical changes which need to be made,” he said.

Announcing the new visa regime last week, Canadian International Trade Minister and Asia-Pacific Gateway Minister Edward Fast said the new visa regime will boost trade ties between the two countries, which seek to treble their trade to $15 billion by 2015.

Replying to a question, Canadian Deputy High Commissioner Jim Nickel said there was no problem in Indian students getting students visa for Canada .