India and Canada continue to build strong economic ties
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Minister Alexander completed his trip in Chennai where he facilitated talks with students and faculty from one of India’s most prestigious academic institutions – the Indian Institute of Technology. Earlier in the trip, he also delivered a presentation to students and faculty at the Indian Institute of Management. Alexander used these opportunities and others to promote Express Entry and the benefit of the Start-up Visa Program.

Quick facts

  • India is one of the top source countries for immigrants to Canada. The Indo-Canadian community currently numbers approximately one million.
  • In 2013, Canada issued more than 130,000 visitor visas to people coming from India to visit family, friends or as tourists.
  • Between January and June 2014, 93 percent of visitor visas issued to Indian nationals were multiple-entry visas. This is a clear indication that Canada meets the needs of international travelers looking for fast, flexible and convenient options to come to our country.

“Canada and India are great partners, and the relationship is only getting stronger – to the benefit of both countries’ economic growth and future prosperity. I was especially pleased to highlight our new Express Entry system and Start-Up Visa program as key parts our government’s plan to build a fast, fair and flexible immigration system that attracts people with the skills to integrate fully and quickly in Canada’s economy and Canadian society.”

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

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