A GROUP of seasonal workers from Naseakula who will be travelling to Canada soon has commended the newly-opened Canada Visa Application Centre in Suva.
Naseakula villager Viliame Masilago said the opening of the centre meant a lot for people like them who were planning to go to Canada.
Mr Masilago said visa applications previously had to be sent to New Zealand for processing.
"This took time and cost a lot of money too but now we can just send our applications to Suva at the new centre and they can process our applications within a shorter period of time," he said.
Another Dreketilailai villager, Timoci Tuitakala, said the opening of the centre was good news because it would make processes for people wishing to travel to Canada easier.
Centre manager Robin Mitchell said the centre was part of a contract awarded by the Canadian government to provide Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) services to applicants wishing to travel to Canada.
Mr Mitchell said this global network of VACs would provide increased access and enhanced administrative services to applicants.
"The CVAC will provide exclusive service for the government of Canada, and is authorised to accept applications in all temporary resident categories and travel document applications from Canadian permanent residents in Fiji," he said.
CVAC is authorised to provide administrative support services, such as the collection of visa applications, fees and return of passports.