Canadian Tourist Visa: Your Complete Guide

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    Canadian Tourist Visa: Your Complete Guide


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    Canada is well-known for being the world's most welcoming nation to immigrants. It's also a beautiful country to visit, with a vast array of natural wonders, historical sites, and diverse cultures.

    A visitor visa, commonly known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), is a type of immigration document that allows foreign citizens to visit and stay in Canada. If you are traveling to Canada as a student, temporary worker, or merely to visit, you will require a visitor visa unless you are from a visa-exempt nation.


    What are the Minimum Requirements for a Canadian Visitor Visa?


    A Canadian visitor visa applicant must:

    • hold a valid passport

    • be in good health

    • have a clean criminal record

    • have the financial ability to support your stay in the country

    • show travel itinerary and air tickets both to and from Canada

    • provide proof of employment, family, and financial assets



    What are the Required Documents?


    The 9 crucial documents that you need for a Canadian visitor’s visa are as follows.


    1. Passport

    You need a valid and genuine passport to apply for a visitor visa in Canada. You are required to provide two photocopies with the following information as visibly clear as possible:

    • issuance and expiry date

    • passport number

    • personal information, such as your photo, name, and date and place of birth.



    2. Photos


    You must provide a minimum of two pieces of passport-sized photos as part of your application.



    3. Proof of Funds

    As part of your application, you must provide proof that you can support the family for the duration of your visit. This requires that you provide:

    • bank statements

    • proof of employment demonstrating your yearly earnings

    • financial support proof from friends or family that they will pay for your expenses while you are in Canada

    • proof of income from your host

    • tax filing documents for the previous 3 years

    • other financial documents like property, shares



    4. Cover Letter

    You are required to create a declaration to the Government of Canada in the form of a cover letter detailing why they should grant you a visitor visa.


    5. Invitation Letter

    Should you be visiting friends or family, you need to provide a letter of invitation from them.


    6. Visa application form

    You need to download the visa application form through the IRCC website, then submit all the relevant documents, such as photos, fee receipts, passport photocopies, among others.


    7. Travel Itinerary

    You need to provide a complete plan of the trip, including the places you’re going to, the routes you’re going to take, and to and from air tickets.


    8. Memorandum of Association and other documents

    If you are self-employed, you should provide a Memorandum of Association and other supporting documents.


    9. Documents of Proof

    These documents will serve as proof to the visa officers that you do not plan to stay in Canada for longer than your visitor visa allows. This requires that you submit:

    • proof of employment or an employment contract that describes your job role, your status as a permanent employee, and an expected return date for work

    • proof of lease, property dealing, or documents that prove that you intend to return to your home country once your trip ends

    • Keep in mind that if you are a student, ID cards are mandatory. If you are retired, you need to provide pension slips and proof of retirement. These are both supplementary to the above-stated document requirements


    How Can I Apply For A Visitor Visa?


    1. Check your eligibility by filling out the form below. The best way to start your application is to fill out the Come to Canada Tool in the link below. This tool will identify the necessary documents depending on the information you provided, since requirements varies for each applicant. 

    https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/come-canada-tool.html

    2. Gather all relevant documents and all other requirements for a visitor visa.

    3. Create an account with the IRCC and apply online. Make sure to upload all the relevant and required documents and pay any required fees.

    4. Provide photos and fingerprints (biometrics).

    5. Wait while your application is processed. If it’s incomplete, it will not be processed and will be sent back. If it is complete, you can proceed to the next step.

    6. Send your passport and follow the instructions to get your visitor visa.

    7. Get ready for your trip to Canada. You may be required to carry documentation submitted with your visa application with you or to provide extra documents to a border services officer upon arriving in Canada.



    How can I Extend my Visitor Visa

    Foreigners can legally live in Canada for up to six months at a time with a single-entry or multiple-entry visitor visa. When this time is up, your legal status will end, and you will have to leave Canada. 

    Foreigners who want to stay longer than six months must make an application while their status as a temporary resident is still valid. You should ask for an extension at least 30 days before your current status ends. 

    If your current visa expires while your application to extend it is still being processed, you can stay in Canada until a decision is made. This is called "implied status." If you are eligible for one of Canada's immigration programs, you can also apply to become a permanent resident.



    Countries that Don't Need a Visitor Visa to Enter Canada



    Only visa-exempt individuals, in addition to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, do not need a visiting visa to enter Canada. There are a number of countries whose residents may visit Canada without a visa for up to six months thanks to agreements Canada has made with Canada. Those who are not Canadian citizens but who are citizens of visa-exempt nations must have a current electronic travel permit in order to fly into Canada (eTA).


    Only visa-exempt individuals, in addition to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, do not need a visiting visa to enter Canada. There are a number of countries whose residents may visit Canada without a visa for up to six months thanks to agreements Canada has made with Canada. Those who are not Canadian citizens but who are citizens of visa-exempt nations must have a current electronic travel permit in order to fly into Canada (eTA).

    A valid passport issued by a visa-exempt country is all that's required for entry, whether the traveler arrives by land, sea, or air. Americans are the only people that are not included under this rule. Canada and the United States have the longest undefended land border in the world, and every day, hundreds of people from both countries go back and forth across it. Visitors from the United States who are not staying in Canada for more than six months may enter the country with only a passport and a plane ticket, since they do not need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization. Holders with permanent resident status in the United States, also known as "Green Cards," do not need a visa to enter the country. The Green Card holder must also provide a valid passport in addition to the eTA in order to enter Canada, and the eTA is required even if the traveler is just transiting through a Canadian airport.

    Find out if you are eligible for a Canadian Tourist Visa


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