Walton Brown, Cabinet Minister of Bermuda, announced that a Canadian team could help Bermuda citizens to live, work and study in Canada.
Canada had revealed the new visa requirements for Bermudian citizens last year. Applicants applying after 31st December need to submit a photo and their fingerprints along with their visa application. They will also need to renew their biometric information after every 10 years.
The cost to provide biometric information is CAD $85 for a single applicant. For family applications, the cost is CAD $170.
However, there is no provision for applicants to submit their biometric information in Bermuda. They need to travel all the way to the USA to submit their information.
Mr Brown said the added cost of travelling to the US for their biometrics added a burden to the applicants’ finances, as quoted by the Royal Gazette. He also said that Bermudian families already have to bear the high cost of foreign education. The travel costs to the US add to that burden.
Mr Brown also said that the Govt. is in discussion with the Consulate of Canada in Bermuda to resolve this issue. The Govt. is asking for a Canadian team to come to the country to collect the biometric information. It is also exploring the possibility of the Immigration Dept. of any other authorized organization to become the Visa Application Centre for Canada.
He further added that their Canadian partners have been pretty receptive to the suggestions. Hence, he is very hopeful that a solution to the same will be made available to the public very soon.
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