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Canada’s Visitor Visa for Costa Ricans

Every year, Canadian officials reject 200,000 visitor visa applications.

Every year, Canadian officials reject 200,000 visitor visa applications.

This week Corey brings you the story of a couple in Costa Rica.  Matt and Sandy met several years back.  He from Canada, she from Costa Rica.  In 2011, they made application for a Visitor Visa to Canada, such that she could travel with him and hopefully meet his friends and family.  Turns out, this process is much more complicated, and arbitrary, than that.

In an article by Andrew Woodbury of the PanAm Post, the story of how this couple went through a complicated and arduous process ends with disappointment as we learn the process to review these applications is not only questionable, it’s downright senseless.  This all lead to a flat rejection, and loss of expenses and time.  All this, leaving out the emotional disappointment that comes with it.

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“With the rejection, her adviser was just as shocked, if not more so, as Sandy herself. This is the concern at the root of many applicants’ confusions: that each case is seemingly decided arbitrarily.” said Woodbury.   “Every year, Canadian officials reject 200,000 visitor visa applications. The rejections themselves leave most applicants scratching their heads, just as they do when reading Immigration Canada’s extremely vague criteria. The official government website states that an applicant must “convince an immigration officer that you have ties — such as a job, home, financial assets, or family — that will take you back to your home country.”

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Sandy, Matt, and Andrew join Corey in studio to talk about this process, and how they are currently waiting for the results of their second application. 

On the second segment, Dan Stevens  of the Costa Rican Times speaks to Corey about the new extradition order by Costa Rica of Captain Paul Watson, Japan’s move to help Costa Rica build geothermal energy plants, and what to do in Costa Rica for American Expats on Thanksgiving.

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