Monday, January 21, 2013
St Lucian Prime Minister Kenny Anthony has expressed concern about the impact on his country of a new visa information sharing agreement between Canada and the United States.
The agreement allows both countries to share information about third country nationals who apply for a visa or permit to travel to either nation.
The accord, which was signed last month, follows a decision made by Canada in September last year to impose visa restrictions on St Lucians.
At that time Canada said criminals from St Lucia could enter the country without being checked and they could also obtain travel documents with new names.
The Canadian officials were also concerned about the high number of refugee claims from St Lucia.
The Prime Minister said the new visa information sharing pact between Ottawa and Washington represented another blow to his country.