Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Short-term Visitors to Canada

Canada receives a very large number of short-term visitors every year, with around 20 million annual crossings of the Canada/U.S. border alone. There is no statistical breakdown of the particular motives for a visitor’s stay in Canada. A large majority of the many millions of business visitors entering Canada every year would not need visas as they are from visa-exempt countries, particularly the U.S. and Europe.

Around one million visas are issued annually to visitors who do require them and, although a global breakdown is not available, it is learnt that the business caseload accounts for a substantial proportion of the total number of visas issued to visitors.

Source: IOM Geneva.