Visitor Visa Application Canada

A visitor visa (officially called a ‘temporary resident visa’ – or TRV for short), is a document issued by the IRCC that authorizes you to enter the territory of Canada. An official counterfoil is placed in an individual’s passport and must be presented at the Canadian border at the port of entry.

A single-entry visa allows the visa holder to enter Canada just once. A multiple-entry visa allows a visitor to come and go from Canada for six months at a time, without having to reapply each time. The multiple-entry visa can be valid for up to 10 years or one month before the visa holder’s passport expires, whichever happens, earlier.

Who Can Apply for a Visitor Visa?

You may travel to Canada if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have a valid passport
  • You are in good health
  • You have the financial resources means required to pay for your expenses while in Canada
  • You have a residence outside Canada and other binding ties that will ensure your return home after your visit to Canada
  • You plan to remain in Canada for a specific and limited period of time
  • Show an immigration office that you have ties to your home country that will help you reach back home
  • You may pass a medical exam or need a letter of invitation from someone living in Canada

Immigration officials will usually determine the length of your stay in Canada and will stamp your passport with the admission stamp. The maximum stay in the country a visitor might receive at the port of entry is 6 (six) months.

You must apply to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa before the departure. You can’t get one upon your arrival in Canada. If you want to extend your stay in Canada, you must apply 30 days before your status expires.

Holders of TRV, in most cases, are not allowed to engage in employment or studies in Canada without a permit.

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