December 20, 2023 | Circular No. 11616

Dear Member,

Transport Canada, Marine Safety and Security is in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the Seafarer Welfare Board.

At the recent Transport Canada Symposium, IRCC presented their Economic Immigration Overview Presentation regarding issuance of visas.  This presentation provides an overview of IRCC’s economic immigration programming, with a focus on transport occupations.  Please click here for the presentation.

Please address any queries regarding difficulties seafarers may have obtaining visas to join foreign vessels at Canadian ports to Johanna Felske at IRCC


Cédric Baumelle
Director, Marine Operations