Visitor Visa


Visitors visas are required for certain foreign nationals who wish to visit or travel through Canada. You may or may not require a temporary resident visa depending on your citizenship. If you do not require a visa to travel to Canada, a determination as to whether you will be allowed into Canada will be made upon your arrival to Canada at either the border or airport.


Foreign nationals who do require visas must first make applications to a Canadian visa office before they travel to Canada. Applications will need to meet the following requirements:

  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport.
  • be in good health; A medical examination may be requested.
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you have ties to your country of origin, such as a job, home and family, which will compel you to return.
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit.
  • have enough funds for your stay; The amount of money you will need can vary with the circumstances of the visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel or with friends or relatives.
  • you may also need a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

If your application is approved, the visa office will provide you with either a multiple entry or single-entry visa. You can then use this visa to travel and enter Canada.

**As of November 2013, Czech Republic citizens no longer require visitor visas to travel to Canada. As of September 12, 2012, visitor visas are now required for citizens from St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. 

A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that we stick in your passport. It shows that you meet the requirements needed to enter Canada.

Most travellers need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. You may also need one if you’re transiting through a Canadian airport on your way to your destination.

You can apply for a visitor visa online or on paper.


What Is Different Between Visitor Visa And Tourist Visa?

The length of your stay, the purpose of your visit and the activities you plan to do determine the type of visa you need. In general, tourist visas are issued to those who plan to vacation in the country, while transit visas are issued to those who are passing through en-route to another destination.

How long you can stay?

Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada.

At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document, called a visitor record, which will show the date you need to leave by.

If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. If you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border officer after you finish at the kiosk.

Make sure you need a visitor visa before you apply.

You may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization. The entry document you need depends on:

  • the type of travel document you plan to travel with
  • the country that issued your travel document
  • your nationality
  • your method of travel to Canada for this tri

Find out if your representative is authorized

If you’re using an immigration Agent (Consultant, Lawyer or Quebec notary), they must be licensed to represent you or give you advice.


Who Can Apply?

You must meet some basic requirements to get a visitor visa. You must:

  • have a valid travel document, like a passport
  • be in good health
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • have enough money for your stay
    • the amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay and if you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.

You may also need a medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

Some people are not allowed to enter Canada

Some people are not admissible to Canada, which means they are not allowed to enter the country. You can be inadmissible for several reasons, including being involved in:

  • criminal activity
  • human rights violations
  • organized crime

You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons.

Minor children travelling to Canada

Make sure you know what to do if your minor children (children under the age of 18) will be travelling with you, with someone else, or alone.


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