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Canadian Minister of Immigration, Marc Miller, recently announced significant changes to the country’s immigration policy affecting Mexican nationals. 

As of February 29, 2024, Mexican citizens seeking to travel to Canada must meet new criteria to be eligible for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Specifically, they are required to either possess a valid US non-immigrant visa or have received a Canadian visa within the past ten years. This adjustment aims to more effectively manage the surge of asylum seekers, while still enabling those with legitimate ties to Canada or the US to travel. 

This policy shift responds to a record-breaking number of asylum claims from Mexican citizens, representing 17% of all claims received by Canada in the previous year. A large portion of these claims were either rejected, withdrawn, or abandoned, underscoring the necessity for policy modification.

The Canadian government affirmed its commitment to maintain mobility for the hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens who positively impact the Canadian economy, including through labor pathways and the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). Plans are underway to expand the network of visa application centers in Mexico to better accommodate Mexican applicants, ensuring effective management of immigration and asylum systems while providing support to those needing protection.

For Mexican nationals in Canada or those planning to visit, it is crucial to stay updated on the latest requirements. Those holding valid study or work permits are unaffected by these changes and can continue their travel to and from Canada as usual. However, visitors and individuals without legal status may need to adjust their travel plans.

For more information on the recent changes to Canadian immigration policies affecting Mexican nationals, contact our team of immigration lawyers.

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