The Canadian government has recently reintroduced its visa regime for Czechs, after hundreds of Czech Roma who claimed to have been discriminated sought asylum in the North American country. Hundreds of Czechs have since started to panic.
There was no transitional period. Oh, wait, there was. Two lousy days.
There are students who have paid for their internship programs or exchange programs. They have to travel to Vienna, Austria and visit the Canadian embassy.
There are tourists who have paid for their North American vacation. The problem is that it includes a visit to the United States and they fear they might not be granted entry to Canada upon return from their half-day trips to the U.S.
The applications are not being processed in a fair manner. The Czech Television ran a story of two applicants: one woman provided her bank account statements, proofs of her ties to the Czech Republic and a return ticket. Her application was dismissed. An unnamed man did not even have a letter of invitation (which the woman did) and an airline ticket. And he even made some data up. He WAS granted the visa.
The weirdest logic: the Canadian government will not grant visas to tourists unless they have provided proofs of their “holiday purposes”. In other words, they want you to spend CZK 70,000 — before they even consider accepting your application – which they do not have to. The government behaves like a robber who holds their victim at gunpoint: Give me your wallet and nobody gets hurt. But you don’t know for sure…
It has been an established fact that this is a result of a generous asylum policy, where the success rate was considerably higher, as compared to other countries. Many Czech Roma went to Canada because “it would take care of them”. Sure, the influx will stop ALTOGETHER… but the new system will cause harm to people who mean well (students, businesspersons, tourists).