Traveling to Canada can be exciting and enjoyable but requires careful planning and preparation. You may need a visitor visa to enter Canada for tourism, business, or other reasons. Here is the complete information to apply for a Canadian visitor visa.
Eligibility for a Visitor Visa
If you wish to apply for a visitor visa, you must meet certain requirements. The Government of Canada has outlined the eligibility criteria for visitors on its official website.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Valid Travel Document: Visitors must have a valid travel document, such as a passport. If you are unsure whether you need a visa for Canada, you can use the Government of Canada’s visa tool to determine if you need one.
- Sufficient Funds: Visitors must have enough funds to support themselves during their stay in Canada. The amount required will depend on the length of your stay and the activities you plan to do.
- No Criminal Record: Visitors must have no criminal record and be healthy. Applicants with a criminal record will be denied entry to Canada. Similarly, you may not be allowed to enter with a medical condition that may endanger public health or safety in Canada.
- Clear Departure Plan: The visitor must convince the immigration officer that he or she plans to leave Canada when the visit is over. Visitors must have a clear plan for their trip, including their return travel arrangements and any ties they have to their home country.
- Types of Visitor Visas: There are different types of visitor visas available for those who are eligible, such as single-entry visas and multiple-entry visas.
- Application Process: To apply for a visitor visa, visitors must complete an application form and submit it with the required documents and application fee. Depending on the visa type and the country of origin, the application process can be completed online or on paper.
When applying for a visitor visa, you must provide various supporting documents such as your travel document, proof of funds, and a letter of invitation (if applicable).
Additional documents may also be required depending on your purpose of travel and country of origin. Refer to the Government of Canada’s supporting documents page for a comprehensive list of required documents.
Steps to Apply for a Visitor Visa to Canada
Here are the steps for applying for a visitor visa to Canada, as outlined on the Government of Canada’s website:
- Determine if you need a visitor visa. Use the Government of Canada’s visa tool to determine if you require a visa to enter Canada.
- Gather the required documents. Refer to the Government of Canada’s list of required documents and ensure you have all the necessary documents before starting your application.
- Complete the application form. You can apply online or on paper. If applying online, create an account on the Government of Canada’s website and complete the application form. If applying on paper, download the appropriate forms from the Government of Canada’s website and complete them.
- Pay the application fee. You can pay the application fee online or in person at a visa application center.
- Submit your application. If applying online, submit your application electronically. If applying on paper, submit your application by mail or in person at a visa application center.
- Wait for processing. The processing time for a visitor visa vary from visa to visa, your country of origin, and the time of year. You can check the processing time for your application on the Government of Canada’s website.
- Check your application status. Check the status of your application using the Government of Canada’s online tool.
- Receive your visa. You will receive a visa to enter Canada for the specified period as soon as your application is approved.
Following these steps, you can successfully apply for a visitor visa to Canada and enjoy visiting this beautiful country.
Visitors’ visa processing times vary based on your visa application, your country of origin, and the time of year. Generally, processing a visitor visa application takes a few weeks to a few months.
You can check your application’s status using the Government of Canada’s online tool after submitting it. Upon approval of your application, you will receive a letter of introduction that you will need to present to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada.
However, you can get an estimated timeframe based on the type of application you have submitted. Please refer to the processing times section for further information on estimated processing times.
Visitor visa (including super visa) – per person
Single or multiple entry temporary resident visa
Visitor visa – per family (1 fee per family of 5 or more people)
Single or multiple entry temporary resident visa maximum fee
for a family of 5 or more people applying at the same time and place
Extend your stay as a visitor – per person
Restore your status as a visitor
Visa fee not needed
In What Ways Can You Apply for a Visitor Visa, Transit Visa, or Super Visa?
If you want to apply for a transit visa, visit visa, or super visa, there are two ways: online or on paper.
Scanners and cameras are necessary to create electronic copies of your documents for online applications and a valid credit card to pay the application fee.
Alternatively, you can apply on paper by reading the Instruction Guide 5256, which provides all the necessary details to complete your application. Once you’ve finished the guide, you can begin preparing your application package.
Whether you apply online or on paper, carefully review the requirements and provide all necessary documentation to ensure a smooth application process.
To obtain the complete list of required documents for your visa application, we recommend visiting the official website of the Canadian government and selecting your country of origin.
Once you have done, you will receive a comprehensive list of the necessary documents you must complete and submit, along with any required signatures. You can help ensure a successful visa application process by carefully reviewing and adhering to these requirements.
What Is the Process for Checking the Status of Certain Immigration Applications?
The Canadian government provides a tracker that allows applicants to check the status of certain immigration applications. This tracker can only be used for applications related to sponsorship of a spouse, partner, or dependent child, as well as Express Entry, study permits, work permits, and visitor visas.
To access the tracker, applicants must create a new account if it is their first time checking their application status or if they have only used the Client Application Status tool in the past. A tracker account can only be created after receiving an acknowledgment of receipt letter via mail or email.
Individuals who can create a tracker account include principal applicants (including those being sponsored), sponsors, and representatives or designated individuals. Note that usernames and passwords from the Client Application Status tool cannot be used to access the tracker; a new account must be created.
Once a tracker account has been created, applicants can sign in to check the status of their application.
What Are the Steps to Check the Status of a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (Cuaet) Application?
To check the status of your CUAET application, please follow these steps:
- Log in to your IRCC Portal account.
- In the “View the applications you submitted” table, find the row for your CUAET application.
- Click “Check full application status” in the “Action” column for your CUAET application.
- You can view your application status, applicant information, and estimated processing time.
- Any updates to your application will be notified by email.
By following these steps, you can stay up-to-date on the status of your CUAET application.
What to Do If a PR of Canada Is Outside the Country Without a Valid PR Card? Can They Apply for a TRV, or Must They Apply for a PRTD? Can PR Status Be Renounced to Apply for a TRV?
Permanent residents (PR) of Canada who are outside the country without a valid PR card cannot apply for a temporary resident visa (TRV). Instead, they must apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD) to return to Canada as a PR, provided they meet the requirements.
However, suppose they no longer wish to be a PR or know they do not meet the requirements to maintain their PR status. In that case, they can voluntarily renounce their status and apply for a TRV.
Can I work in Canada with a visitor visa?
No, You cannot work in Canada without a visitor visa. If you wish to work in Canada, you must apply for a work permit.
However, some exceptions exist for certain types of work that do not require a work permit, such as business visitors, foreign representatives, and performing artists.
It is important to check the Government of Canada’s website for the most up-to-date information on work permit requirements.
How long can I stay in Canada with a visitor visa?
Staying in Canada with a visitor visa depends on the type of visa you have been issued. Generally, visitors can stay in Canada for a maximum of six months.
However, the immigration officer at the port of entry may grant a shorter or longer stay depending on the purpose of your visit and other factors.
Before your current status expires, you must apply for an extension if you plan to stay longer than the amount of time authorized by the immigration officer.