Citizens of St. Kitts-Nevis will no longer be able to enjoy hassle-free travel to Canada now that a visa requirement has been imposed. The Canadian Embassy in Trinidad issued the release Saturday, Nov 22 informing that with immediate effect citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis will require a temporary resident visa to travel to Canada. According to the Canadian government, the visa waiver was rescinded due to “concerns about the issuance of passports and identity management practices within its Citizenship by Investment program”. In January 2012, SKN began issuing new biometric passports with a one glaring omission- place of birth. Another security loophole with the new passports is they do not reflect name changes for passport holders. ” Canada is acting to protect the safety and security of Canadians and the integrity of our immigration system. The visa requirement will ensure that Canada will be able to properly determine the true identity of St. Kitts and Nevis passport holders and to deny entry to those who would otherwise be inadmissible to Canada,’the release informed. Canadian press is reporting that the security threat stems from St. Kitts-Nevis’ Citizenship By Investment program whereby foreign nationals with no ties to the country can purchase citizenship and gain a passport for a lump sum of cash. SKN citizens will now have to apply online, by mail, or in person for a visitor visa to enter Canada. “Visa applications will be processed at the Canadian visa office in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where current processing times for visitor visas is well within Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s service standard of 14 days.”St. Kitts-Nevis government issued its own release informing that the field for place of birth has been reinstated in its travel document since July 2014. Name change of passport holders has been reflected on the passport’s observation since February, 2014. Prior to the Canadian visa imposition, several persons “born and bred”in St. Kitts-Nevis have reported being detained for up to 3 hours when entering Canada, being questioned about their nationality. Two persons confirmed with The Observer that in October they were asked by Canadian Immigration to provide proof that they were born in St. Kitts.