Media Release: Canada Visa Application Centre opens in Saint Lucia

by Office of the Prime Minister THE VAC WILL PROCESS VISITOR, STUDENT AND WORK VISAS. The Government of Saint Lucia welcomes the news that the Government of Canada has opened a Visa Application Centre in Saint Lucia. This follows continued dialogue and advocacy by the Government on behalf of the people of Saint Lucia with...Read More→




by Office of the Prime Minister
THE VAC WILL PROCESS VISITOR, STUDENT AND WORK VISAS.

The Government of Saint Lucia welcomes the news that the Government of Canada has opened a Visa Application Centre in Saint Lucia. This follows continued dialogue and advocacy by the Government on behalf of the people of Saint Lucia with the Canadian Government. This means that Saint Lucians wanting to travel to Canada will save on the additional costs to process applications in other islands.

“We are pleased with the opening of a Canada Visa Application Centre in Saint Lucia,” commented Anton Edmunds who serves as Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to Canada, as well as Ambassador to the United States. “We are especially happy that the costs associated with Saint Lucians needing to travel to other islands to get their biometric information processed, has been eliminated. This was becoming a disincentive to Diaspora and business travel to a country with which we have such strong ties,” he continued.

It had been estimated that Saint Lucians were incurring costs ranging from EC$2,000 for an individual and approximately EC$8,000 for a family of four, to travel to Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, to submit the required biometric data.




Saint Lucia’s concerted advocacy effort for a solution to the cost of accessing a visa to travel to Canada, goes back to mid-2018, and included regular engagement with senior government officials of that country. The Government of Canada was asked by the Government of Saint Lucia to consider amongst other things, the deployment of a mobile system that would obviate the need for travel. While other OECS countries have been the beneficiaries of the afore-mentioned mobile system, beginning late August, that operating framework is periodic and necessitates travel to those countries by officials from the Canadian High Commission.

The permanent Visa Application Centre in Saint Lucia, will process visitor, student and work visas. The Centre in Saint Lucia is managed by an outsourcing and technology service entity that provides visa processing services to the Government of Canada.  Details on the application process can be found at https://www.vfsglobal.ca/Canada/Saint-Lucia/index.html




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