Canada has no plans to cancel visas for Ukraine due to non-compliance with criteria

16:57, 30 March 2018
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REUTERS

"The Government of Canada is committed to welcoming all genuine visitors and facilitating travel, but is not actively considering a review of Ukraine's visa requirement at this time," according to the response of the government of Canada to the report of the Standing Committee on National Defence, titled "Canada's Support to Ukraine in Crisis and Armed Conflict."

A visa requirement is the norm for citizens from most countries, it said.

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It is also reported "the visa requirement is Canada's most effective tool in both detecting and deterring irregular migration to Canada."

"Decisions to lift or impose visa requirements are made on a case-by-case basis and premised on a rigorous whole-of-government analysis of a country against the comprehensive criteria outlined in Canada's Visa Policy Framework," the report says.

"These criteria include a country's socio-economic conditions, migration trends, human rights record, identity document and passport regime, border management capabilities and security situation. Visa lifts are undertaken when it is assessed that the benefits to Canadians and Canadian interests outweigh risks," the government of Canada said.

It is reported Canada does not make visa policy decisions based on reciprocity, nor provides visa exemptions to specific classes of visitors, such as holders of diplomatic passports or business travelers.

At the same time, the government of Canada continues to carefully monitor conditions in Ukraine.

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