Mexican visa applicants to get sped-up process to come to Canada

Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander says Canada is making visa processing quicker for Mexicans who have travelled to Canada or the U.S. within the last 10 years. Under the new program, applicants' passports will be examined for proof of previous travel and their applications will then be expedited.

Initiative follows six-month pilot project

Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander says Canada is making visa processing quicker for Mexicans who have travelled to Canada or the U.S. within the last 10 years. Under the new program, Mexican applicants' passports will be examined for proof of previous travel and their visa applications will then be expedited. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)

The Harper government says it is making it easier and faster for Mexicans to come to Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration minister Chris Alexander has announced a new program that will make visa processing quicker for Mexicans who have travelled to Canada or the United States within the last 10 years.

He made the announcement today at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Alexander launched what's called the CAN+ program which builds on a six-month pilot project.

That project streamlined visa processing, with visas being issued within seven days.

Ninety-five per cent of requests were approved.

Under the program, applicants' passports will be examined for proof of previous travel and their visa applications will then be expedited.