In an era marked by enhanced global connectivity, Canada has broadened its policy on visa-free air travel and the Can+ Visa Programme, impacting Caribbean nations offering Citizenship-by-Investment (CBI) programs.
By dismantling barriers, Canada has widened its gates, encouraging citizens of these nations to explore its landscapes, vibrant cities, and diverse cultural offerings. The expanded visa-free air travel policy unlocks exciting business prospects for entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals, facilitating trade and investment and fostering dynamic collaborations that drive bilateral economic growth.
“Canada is a highly sought-after destination for Nigerians, whether for study, business, or leisure. This enhances the Citizenship-by-Investment programs of Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Dominica, and Grenada in Nigeria. Securing any of these Citizenship-by-Investment programs streamlines and expedites the process for thousands of Nigerians,” noted Zuberu Kadiri, Country Manager, RIF Trust Nigeria.
He added, “With the introduction of the Can+ visa program for citizens of Dominica and Grenada, Nigerians with this passport can now expedite the processing of the visitor visa, available for short-term stays in Canada.”
Citizenship-by-Investment and Residency-by-Investment programs have become popular options and “Plan Bs” for Nigerians and their families, according to RIF Trust. The Canada visa-free air travel and Can+ visa policies for Caribbean CBI countries are viewed as a significant step in expanding Nigerians’ options for global opportunities.
Canada also announced the eligibility of Dominica and Grenada citizens for the Can+ Visa program, expediting the visitor visa application process for short-term stays in Canada. Instead of the typical 14-21-day waiting period, it now takes a maximum of five days. To qualify, individuals need to have held a Canadian visa in the past 10 years or possess a valid US visa.
Nigerians holding a second passport from Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, or St Lucia now enjoy visa-free air travel to Canada via an eTA. However, when traveling as citizens of these countries, one must have held a Canadian visa within the past 10 years or possess a valid United States non-immigrant visa to qualify.
RIF Trust stated that it collaborates with governments globally to create and develop a diverse range of investment migration programs for its clients. This offers the opportunity to obtain second citizenship in Caribbean nations like Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Dominica, and Grenada.