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Visitor Visa | Check Requirements and Application Process

What is a Visitor Visa?

A visitor visa, also known as a Temporary Resident Visa, is an immigration document that allows foreign nationals to enter and travel to Canada. Unless you are from a visa-exempt country, you will need a visitor visa to enter Canada, whether you are a student, a temporary worker, or just passing through.

If you are travelling through a Canadian airport in transit before arriving at your final location, you could additionally require one. Each year, many individuals apply for a chance to visit Canada, As from permanent residency, Canada does not limit the number of temporary immigrants.

A visitor visa is required for anyone entering Canada who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise visa-exempt. Even if their permanent resident card has expired, Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for a visitor visa. Instead, they must apply for a permanent resident travel document. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, are also barred from obtaining a visitor visa. They must have a current Canadian passport. A business visitor visa may be required if you are transiting through or visiting Canada for business purposes rather than as a temporary foreign worker.

Eligibility criteria of Visitor Visa

Before applying for a visitor visa, make sure you meet the eligibility criteria:

Have a valid travel document

Must be admissible to Canada

You must prove that you are going to leave Canada after the allotted 6 months

You must prove that you have enough funds to sustain for yourself during your stay

How to apply for Visitor Visa?

Those who require a visitor visa to enter Canada can submit an application online, on paper, or in person at a Visa Application Center. Each family member, including any dependent children, must submit their individual application if you are travelling as a family. You may, however, send in all of the applications at once. Depending on their citizenship, applicants may need to submit biometric data with their application. The applicant must submit their fingerprints and a photo at a biometric collecting service location if biometrics are necessary. When asked to do so after completing the visiting visa application, or if submitting in person at a Visa Application Center, at the same time as submission, biometrics can be taken.

Want to extend a Visitor Visa?

Foreign nationals may reside legally in Canada for up to six months at a time on visitor visas, whether single entry or multiple entry. Your legal status will expire at the conclusion of this time period, and you must depart Canada. Foreign nationals who want to stay longer than six months must apply while they are still considered temporary residents. Applying for an extension should be done at least 30 days before your current status is set to expire. You may stay in Canada while awaiting a decision if your existing visa expires while your application for an extension is still being reviewed. It’s known as inferred status. If you are qualified, you may also seek for permanent residence status.

Intention to Leave Canada?

When an individual is going to Canada, they must satisfy the immigration officer that they intend to leave Canada at the end of their stay. As a visitor, you should provide proof that you have reason to go back to your country of origin such as:

Ties to your origin country(family, friends, etc.)

Financial position in the country of origin

Responsibilities in the country of origin

Legal immigration status in the country of origin


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