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Caribbean News Desk radio prog for Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014, 21:52 by GxMedia

The St. Kitts and Nevis opposition has been weighing in on Canada’s decision to abolish visa-free entry of nationals of that twin-island federation.

This follows concerns about St Kitts and Nevis’ Economic Citizenship Programme that has allowed Syrians and Iranians to enter Canada, although they possibly would not have been granted visas undr normal circumstances.

Although St Kitts and Nevis earlier this year announced that any name change must be reflected in the passport’s observation and that all new passports must include the place of birth, Canada at the weekend announced that nationals of St Kitts and Nevis must now obtain Canadian visas.



Canada says that’s because of concerns about the issuance of passports and identity management practices within the Federation’s Citizenship by Investment program.

According to Canadian authorities, the visa requirement will ensure that Canada will be able to properly determine the true identity of St. Kitts and Nevis passport holders and deny entry to those who would otherwise be inadmissible to Canada.

Opposition Leader, Mark Brantley expresses concern about the impact that the Canadian visa system will have on nationals of that country.

Mr Brantley was Monday expected to formally assure Canada that his administration seek to resolve concerns about the Citizenship by Investment Programme should his party win the next general election.

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