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Mexicans flock to Canadian Embassy for new travel visas

July 16, 2009 |  9:44 am

The Canadian Embassy in Mexico City has been besieged this week by Mexicans desperate to get their hands on the new visas they need to visit Canada.

The new visas for temporary residents were announced by the Canadian government on Monday, prompting thousands of Mexicans who had bought plane tickets to scramble to the embassy to apply for the documents in hope of salvaging their trips.

Since Tuesday morning, thick lines of anxious Mexicans have run around the block outside the embassy. Many people came from states outside Mexico City to apply for visas on their way to the airport.

We went down there yesterday morning to see what was going on. Watch the video for more.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

Video: At the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City. Credit: Deborah Bonello