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ٌWhat is  Visitor Visa (Tourist Visa)?

 A temporary resident / visitor visa is an official document stamped in your passport. It shows that you meet the requirements needed to travel to Canada. Most travelers require a visitor visa to travel to Canada. You may also need a visa if you are transiting through a Canadian airport on your way to your destination.

Which type of visa to get? a single or a multiple entry visa?

A multiple entry visa is what all visa applicants are automatically considered for.

Multiple entry visa

While valid, a multiple entry visa will let you travel to Canada for six months at a time as many times as you want. It will be valid for up to 10 years or one month before your passport expires, whichever is shorter. You must arrive in Canada on or before the expiry date on your visa.

Single entry visa

A single entry visa lets you travel to Canada only one time. For instance, you may only be eligible for a single entry visa if:

you are eligible for a fee-exemption and the purpose of your entry to Canada is limited (such as, for an official visit by a foreign national)
you are taking part in a one-time special event in Canada
there are approved country-specific procedures or guidelines in place.

How long you can stay

Length of stay decided by a border services officer

If you see a border services officer at the port of entry, they will tell you how long you can stay in Canada in 1 of these ways:

  • If the officer stamps your passport and writes a date under that stamp
    You must leave Canada by that date
  • If the officer stamps your passport and gives you a visitor record
    You must leave Canada by the date under “Valid until” on that visitor record.
  • If the officer stamps your passport without writing a date under that stamp or giving you a visitor record
    You can stay in Canada for 6 months.

Who can apply for visitor visa?

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.

 How to apply for visitor visa from inside Canada?

You can apply for a visitor visa from inside Canada if you meet all the conditions below:

  • you’re already in Canada
  • you hold a valid study or work permit
  • you want to leave and return to Canada in the near future
  • your existing visitor visa is expired or was valid for only one entry

You should apply at least 2 months before you plan to leave Canada.

​What is a business visitor?

A business visitor is someone who comes to Canada:

  • for international business activities
  • without directly entering the Canadian labour market

Examples of this include someone who comes to Canada:

  • to meet people from companies doing business with their country
  • to observe site visits
  • because a Canadian company invited them for training in: product use/ sales/ other business transaction functions

You do not need a work permit to carry out business activities related to your job back home, such as meeting clients of your company or visiting job sites. However, if you plan to carry out secretarial, managerial, technical or production activities or stay longer than six months in Canada, you have to apply for a work permit. In both cases, if you are from a country that requires a visa to visit Canada, you must apply for a temporary resident visa.

Business visitors must prove that their main source of income and their main place of business are outside Canada.

Note:Business visitors and business people are not the same. Business people come to do work in Canada under a free trade agreement.

After you apply for visitor visa:

In most cases, you need to give biometrics. After we submit your application, a letter will be sent to you that says you need to give your biometrics. The letter will tell you how and where to give your biometrics. You have up to 30 days to give your biometrics (in person).

Helpful Answers

There is no formal appeal process if your application for a temporary resident visa is refused.

Should you wish to re-apply, you should do so only if your situation has changed substantively or you have significant new information to submit.

As a U.S. Green Card holder, you do not need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. However, you are expected to have an eTA if you plan to fly to or transit through Canada.

When flying to Canada, you will need to present:

proof of status in the U.S. (such as a valid Green Card), and
your valid passport that you used to apply for your eTA.

The border services officer will verify your eTA when you arrive in Canada.

When travelling by land or sea directly from the U.S., you will only need to provide proof of your U.S. lawful permanent resident status (such as your Green Card).

No. Each person must complete and sign the Application for Temporary Resident Visa (IMM 5257), as well as any other forms needed. Each applicant aged 18 or over must also complete the Family Information form (IMM 5645).

You can submit all family member applications in the same envelope with one payment receipt for the total fee for all of your applications.

Parents or guardians can help children fill out their forms. Parents or guardians must sign the forms for any children under the age of 18.

When you arrive at the point of entry in Canada, a border services officer will make sure you meet the requirements to enter Canada.

The officer will authorize your stay by stamping your passport and/or issuing another document.

If there is no stamp, handwritten date or document in your passport, your temporary resident status will expire six months from the day you arrived in Canada.

If you received a visitor record, student or work permit, the expiry date is marked on it.

No. The date on the visitor visa is the date by which you must arrive in Canada.

How long you can stay will be decided when you enter Canada.

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