The Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, Orlando Viera Blanco, reported that finally after months of work with Immigration Canada, Global Affairs (GAC) and the Ministry of Border Security, the Canadian government through special instruction [Waiver] decided to extend the validity of expired Venezuelan passports for a lapse of five years in accordance with the Decree issued by President Juan Guaidó Márquez dated May 21, 2019 and ratified by the National Assembly on June 7, 2019.
“This resolution automatically extends the full validity of all passports issued to date for five years, a term that will begin to be computed from the expiration date of the passport”, Viera Blanco said.
In this order of ideas, the ambassador expanded that Venezuelan passport holders who want to travel or stay in Canada can now continue using their passports if they expire soon or if they have expired less than 5 years ago.
“We are very satisfied and very grateful to Canada. It is a very important achievement for Venezuelans who live in Canada or who want to visit it, the product of coordinated and persevering work between our diplomatic representation and local authorities of the Foreign Ministry and Immigration, which provides a solution to a serious identity problem for Venezuelans in Canada and interested in maintaining their immigration status under strict legality”, he said
It should be noted that according to the IRCC / Canada Press release issued today, with this resolution Venezuelans can use these passports to apply for a visitor visa, study permit, work permit or obtain permanent residence or extend their stay in Canada, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements to enter and remain in Canada.
Venezuelans who wish to travel to another country should contact the Embassy of that country to know the specific travel requirements, Ambassador Viera-Blanco warned, citing the official statement of the Canadian government.
With this decision, Canada aligns with the defense and protection of the human rights and identity of our compatriots, making a living or visiting Canada, Viera Blanco stated.