By
Pace Law

Visa Requirement Being Lifted For Bulgaria, Romania, Brazil

May 8, 2017

Luba Dinkova – Pace ImmigrationLuba DinkovaOn May 1, 2017, eligible citizens from Bulgaria, Brazil and Romania have the green light to travel to Canada without obtaining a temporary resident visa (TRV). People from these countries who either have held visas for Canada or United States in the past 10 years, or presently have a valid visitor visa, must still apply for an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization). Travelers who do not meet this criteria will still have to apply for a visitor visa.

The full lifting of visa requirements for Bulgarias and Romanians is scheduled for December 1, 2017. The government has not confirmed that the full changes in December 2017 will apply to the citizens of Brazil.

The news of the coming December changes is very welcome for Bulgarians and Romanians. They will save a lot of time and money when obtaining visitor visas. The full changes will also include international students and temporary workers who will be exempt from TRV. Visitors will not need to apply for an eTA if they have a valid visa in their passport, and they can travel on that visitor visa until it expires. Also, if they have dual citizenship (for example of Bulgaria and Australia), they can apply for an eTA based on the fact that Australia is a visa-exempt country.

Why The Change?

This development comes at the same time as the European Union dismissing talk of a visa requirement for Canadians and Americans. The timing is not coincidental:

The [European] Commission considers that, in view of the significant progress achieved during the last year and the positive momentum of ongoing work, the temporary suspension of visa waivers for nationals of Canada and the United States would be counterproductive at this moment and would not serve the objective of achieving visa-free travel for all EU citizens. The Commission’s diplomatic approach meanwhile has already started to bring tangible results: Canada lifted the visa requirements for some categories of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens on 1 May 2017 and is set to achieve full reciprocity as of 1 December 2017 and contacts have been re-launched with the new U.S. administration to push for full visa reciprocity for the five EU Member States concerned.

Politics And Visas

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the new visa agreement with the EU. Last year, Canada lifted the visa requirement for Mexican citizens, in a quid pro quo for Mexico accepting Canadian beef exports. As we wrote last year, that decision came amid concern that there would be a spike in Mexican asylum claims in Canada. The same concerns hold true for the future of some EU passport holders. There have been recent reports of those with a Roma background having trouble boarding flights to Canada. While this should not happen in the future to those with valid visas, a spike in asylum claims would likely see the Canadian government re-visit the issue.

Share This Post
Email
Facebook
LinkedIn
Twitter
Trending Posts
Read More Insights
Events
By
Pace Law
Pace Law Firm is always looking to expand our business and elevate it to the next level. On Thursday November 24th, Pace Law Firm attended the Canadian Mortgage Summit (CMS) to hear from the industry’s top mortgage brokers, lenders and solution providers.
Firm News
By
Pace Law
We are proud to announce that Pace Law has become a multi-service firm and is launching a new website to accommodate our growth in different areas of law!
Events
By
Pace Law
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation takes place on September 30th for the second consecutive year. Each year, September 30th marks both Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Real Estate Law
By
Pace Law
In key Canadian cities, the housing inventory may reach a crisis stage, according to a recent analysis from RE/MAX Canada. The analysis confirms that governments must take quick action to address the critically low supply of available homes.
Personal Injury
By
Pace Law
As the winter months get closer, it is critical to plan ahead and take precautions as needed to reduce the likelihood of mishaps. Nearly 30% of all motor vehicle incidents, according to recent RCMP data, happened on slick, snowy, or icy roadways.
Real Estate Law
By
Pace Law
Two weeks after the provincial administration submitted Bill 109, the More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022, on March 30, 2022, it obtained royal assent on April 14. The last step needed for a legislative measure to become law is royal assent.

Get in Touch

Call us now or fill out the form to discuss your case with an experienced legal professional.

Our Locations

Office Location

191 The West Mall, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M9C 5K8
Phone: 1-877-236-3060
Fax: 416-236-1809

Office Location

191 The West Mall, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M9C 5K8
Phone: 1-877-236-3060
Fax: 416-236-1809

Scroll to Top