I recently attended a luncheon meeting organized by the Canada China Business Council called, “Canadian Visa Processing in China: Dispelling the Myths.” Mr. Sidney Frank, Minister Counsellor, Immigration Section of the Canadian Embassy in Beijing was there to speak about the myths and realties of visa applications for Chinese business visitors to Canada. As BC Wood regularly brings Chinese wood buyers throughout the year and around the Global Buyers Mission in Whistler, we have experienced our share of difficulties in previous years.
Mr. Frank clarified several of the major myths about the Canadian visa application process including refusal of acceptance, long processing times, comparison with other countries, and higher costs. During peak travel times, Mr. Frank stated that their office will receive up to 1000 application a day and has an 80% acceptance rate that is processed within 5 business days.
As for the remaining 20% of the applications, there are many reasons why they are not accepted. One of the main reasons visa applications are not processed is that they are incomplete. It is very important for Chinese business travelers to fully complete application forms and provide detailed information and documentation. Letters of invitation from Canadian businesses are not sufficient on their own.
BC Wood staff in China has worked closely with the Canadian Embassy in Shanghai in recent years to help reduce the number of applications from Chinese businesses that have been turned down. For more information on visa issues in China, please contact:
Canadian Embassy – Visa and Immigration Section
19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Chao Yang District
Beijing 100600 PRC