A catastrophically high percentage of refusals in Canadian visas for Ukrainians were recorded this year. This was announced by the Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko in an interview with the online agency Censor.NET.
"We now have a catastrophically high percentage of refusals in Canadian for Ukrainians visas, a critically large percentage of refusals. If last year the number of refusals decreased and reached 24%, then this year in the first quarter we had 34% of refusals in Canadian visas," he said.
The reason for this, according to Shevchenko, is the outdated system of assessing Ukrainians and migration risks. At the same time, the official hopes that the visa-free regime with the European Union will encourage the Canadian authorities to rethink it.
As it was reported earlier the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Canada came into force on August 1.
First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv and Chrystia Freeland being the Minister of International Trade, have signed an agreement on free trade zone between Ukraine and Canada.
In a joint statement with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Poroshenko said that the agreement on free trade zone between Ukraine and Canada will take effect immediately, but implementation would last for 7 years.
Trudeau said that signing of the agreement "will facilitate the market access, create a more predictable trade regime." According to him, all barriers to trade matters and implementation of the agreement to be eliminated, and both countries would benefit from it. "It will create new opportunities, new jobs, and new markets for products; it will improve the living standards of our citizens. This is a new surge in the development of our economy," summed Trudeau.