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Canada to Lift Visa Requirements for Mexican Citizens

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Canada will remove visa requirements for citizens of Mexico as of December 1, 2016. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement following bilateral talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Ottawa on Tuesday.

The two major consequences of this agreement for Mexicans will be that it will be easier and cheaper to visit Canada temporarily, and it will be more straightforward to apply for Canadian work permits.

Canada and Mexico previously had a visa-free arrangement, but this was ended by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009, principally due to the relatively high number of refugee applications being made by Mexican citizens in Canada. Since then, the visa issue has been a longstanding irritant in Canada’s relationship with Mexico, with Peña Nieto’s government pushing hard for a resolution. Since Canada’s new government took office late last year, it has said that it was open to removing the visa requirement as long as its concerns were allayed by the Mexican government.

“Canada is pleased to deliver on the government’s commitment to lift the visa requirement for Mexican nationals. We look forward to the social and economic benefits that lifting the visa requirement will bring to both countries, especially to the middle class here in Canada,” said Prime Minister Trudeau.

The government of Canada believes that lifting the visa requirement will deepen the ties between Canada and Mexico and will increase the flow of travellers, ideas, and business between both countries.

Visiting Canada

As of December 1, Mexican citizens will no longer require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit Canada temporarily. Instead, they will have to apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if travelling to Canada by air, or simply have their travel documentation (i.e. passport) checked at a Canadian Port of Entry if travelling by land or sea. The process of applying for and obtaining an eTA is cheaper and typically far quicker than obtaining a TRV.

To learn more about the eTA process, click here.

Working in Canada

Whereas previously Mexican citizens intending to work in Canada had to apply for a work permit at a Canadian Visa Office, they may now apply for one at a Canadian Port of Entry. Mexican citizens with the authorization to work in Canada typically arrive in Canada under one of the following initiatives: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Intra-Company Transfer Program, or as a foreign worker with a temporary work permit supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

A positive realignment

“This week’s news no doubt comes after months of diplomatic negotiation, and in the end I think it will be worth it. Mexican citizens have proven themselves over many years to be exemplary visitors and workers,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“It is refreshing to see that the government of Canada is prepared to make these sorts of agreements with other countries, particularly a large North American partner like Mexico.”

To enquire about obtaining a work permit for Canada, please contact the Campbell Cohen work permit team an email at Please include information about any job offer you may have.

To use the Visiting Canada Tool and determine what you need to do to visit Canada, click here. If you have any questions or concerns about the process of obtaining an eTA and gaining entry to Canada, please send a detailed email to

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9 thoughts on “Canada to Lift Visa Requirements for Mexican Citizens

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    amee salazar

    is there any chance by those Filipinos who wants to come in Canada without visa?

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    Good morning,

    I would love to travel to Canada, I am currently studying business administration in the university.

    How long can I stay there in Canada?

    How many family members can I take with me? I would only take my parents and my dog 🙂

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    Falasten Asrar

    Hello sir, i am from Afghanistan and was working with canada forces as interpreter , is there anything new if the government give visas to US?

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    Hi There, My mom is visiting me and my son here in Canada, she have 5 years visitor visa to stay I would like to know if I can apply for a work permit or babysititing so she can work or do something.

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    catherine houet

    please help me to go back to Canada I am Canadian and my big deauther is two and the other small one is Mexican we are right now kicked out in the street we do not know where to go, I would like to help please to go’s pleas help me to go back to Canada with my two girls I do not have any family I am alone in life i only have my two dauther I need to go back to Canada please help us thany you

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    Omar zetina

    Hello my name is Omar I’m really interested in a job in Canada I’m fully bilingual and I currently work as a certified English-Spanish interpreter for a company in the United States. I actually work from home in Mexico for Language line solutions and pacific interpreters, I have been working for this companies almos 4 years now and about a year ago I became certified as a Medical interpreter or MSI, I would love to know if I can have an opportunity to work in Canada as an interpreter and what companies do you might know hire or give work contracts for this types of jobs. I would really appreciate your help.

    Thanks and best regards Omar Zetina Gonzalez.

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    madel archeta

    hi mam/sir,

    i am a mother of my 2 canadian children,but i didnt give a chance to approved my application for my permanent resident, so i need to go back here in the philippines. as a mother who seeking a job for my 2 canadian, please help us to go back in your country, i am hard working mom, i dont have opppurtunity to work here in the philippines, but i need to raised my children.i am a single mom.. hoping government of canada will help us, we are helpless here in our country.

    sincerely yours,
    madel archeta

  8. Avatar
    Miguel Angel Reyes

    El 19 de junio de 2008 hasta Diciembre de. 2012 trabajé en Québec con permiso de trabajo y pagando impuestos en la empresa Exceldor Cooperative Avicole en St. Anselme, Qc.

    Puedo regresar y gestionar un permiso de trabajo temporal? y por cuánto tiempo? ya que soy un trabajador calificado por Exceldor.

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    Petros haile


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