A Visitor Visa is an official document stating that you meet the requirements required to enter Canada (also called a temporary resident visa, TRV). Some foreign nationals are required to have a Visitor Visa if they wish to travel or visit Canada. Depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a temporary resident visa. You can apply for a visitor visa online or on paper.
You are required to make an application to the Canadian Visa office before you travel to Canada. You can apply for a Visitor Visa online or on paper. You will need to meet the following requirements:
- Valid travel document, such as a passport;
- Satisfy an immigration officer that you have strong ties to your country of origin, and you will leave Canada at the end of your stay;
- Proof funds for your stay;
- Be in good health (a medical examination may be requested);
- No criminal record;
- You may require a letter of invitation and purpose of travel;
- Complete Itinerary may be required
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 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.
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