Has Canada generously accommodated Filipinos for a visa-free stay for around three months?
This is what an article from news.states-tv.com claimed, something that can definitely be considered as good news to Filipinos who dream of going to Canada.
The story has been shared thousands of times, as of writing.
According to the story, Canada has scrapped visa requirements for Filipinos traveling to their country for business or leisure purposes, marking the third phase of Canada’s visa policy. The decision is said to have been based on a 2016 Tourist Arrivals and Receipts report, which saw Filipinos accounting for 12% of Canada’s tourism revenue and presenting only 0.001% immigration risk. This allegedly made the Philippines among the highest contributors to Canada’s tourism industry, after the US and Germany.
However, this story is a fake one, given the lack of reports from other credible sources about this new move from the Canadian government.
As for claims about how Filipinos are among the top three visitors to Canada, this might be another made-up claim. We could not find the report cited by the article, but according to Statistics Canada, the top travelers to Canada include those from the US, the UK, China, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, India, Mexico, and South Korea. The Philippines was not even among the top 15 countries in the list.
We also checked the other stories on news.states-tv.com and found that it has published a lot of hoaxes involving the Philippines.
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