China and Canada will grant each other’s citizens visas that remain valid for up to 10 years, Beijing’s Foreign Minister announced, in an agreement that will go into effect starting today.
“China and Canada have just reached an agreement issuing visas to each other’s citizens with the validity period of up to 10 years,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a press conference during the National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday.
The deal follows a similar one made between Beijing and Washington last November that extended business and tourist visa validities to ten years and student visas to five years.
Last year, Canada scrapped its “investor visa” scheme that allowed overseas applicants, mainly from mainland China and Hong Kong, to apply for residency after investing millions of dollars into the nation’s economy. It’s reported that over 40,000 wealthy Chinese had applications pending at the time.