Sunday, October 25, 2009

O, Canada...

Several months ago the Canadian government started requiring Mexicans to apply for visas if they wanted to visit the country, setting off what could modestly be referred to as a "furor" down south. As bent out of shape as many of our amigos were, we could sorta see Canada's point, insofar as thousands of Mexican "tourists" were arriving each year and never leaving.

Still, this is pretty friggin' boneheaded.

OTTAWA–A Mexican Supreme Court judge says he was initially denied a travel visa to visit Canada with his family this summer because an official didn't believe he had enough money to make the trip.

Gonzalez-Salas, his wife and daughter applied for single entry visas, which cost 905 Mexican pesos ($75 Cdn) each, on July 13 after hearing Canada was about to bring the new restriction into force the next day. They had to fill out forms with detailed information about their family members and educational and employment history. Gonzalez-Salas said he also had to include a letter from work stating his seniority and wages as well as bank statements.

Gonzalez-Salas said he received a rejection letter the day before his family was scheduled to fly to Canada.

"The visas were denied on the basis of me not having enough stability in my job and that my finances were not enough to make the trip," said Gonzalez-Salas, who did not keep a copy of the letter.

Why anyone would want to visit Canada remains something of a mystery to us, but our real concern here is that Mexico, in retaliation, will tighten up the "financial stability" requirements for foreigners seeking Mexican visas. Right now, "marginally-employed freelance tv producer" still makes the cut. If they make it so that "Supreme Court Justice" isn't a sure thing, we imagine we'll be posting from El Salvador by year's end.

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