What is a Visitor Visa?
Foreign nationals can travel to and enter Canada with the help of a visiting visa, commonly known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Whether traveling to Canada as a student, a temporary worker, or just to visit, you will need to apply for a visitor visa unless you are from a nation that does not require them (visa-free nations).
There are two categories of visiting visas for Canada: single entrance and multiple entries. Foreign nationals can only enter Canada once with a single entry visa. As long as the multiple entry visa is still in effect, its holder may enter and exit Canada as frequently as they like. There is no need to specify which type of application you want; all applications are automatically considered for multiple entry visas, with single entry visas only being granted in exceptional situations.
As long as the visiting visa is still valid, the holder of a multiple-entry visa can visit Canada for up to six months at a time. The exact validity duration is subject to the discretion of the immigration officer issuing it, but it can last up to 10 years. SupposeSuppose you do not already have a visitor visa that exempts you from needing one and you possess another status document, such as a work permit or a study permit. In that case. In that case, you will automatically be given a visitor visa that will allow you to enter Canada to obtain your permission. This visa typically allows for numerous entries. As long as your permit and visa are still in effect, you won’t need to apply for a new visitor visa to enter Canada if you decide to travel abroad for your studies or temporary employment.
How to Apply for Visitor Visa in Canada
Eligibility criteria for for the application of visitor visa to Canada:
The following documents are necessary to apply for a visitor visa to Canada:
- A current passport
- Proof of good health
- No convictions for crimes related to immigration
- Evidence that you intend to return to your home country (by demonstrating that you have ties such as a job, home, financial assets, or family); and
- Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay.
Note: You should have a credit card and a scanner handy if you apply online for a Canada visa.
Children under 18 must travel legally and adhere to the same admission procedures as adults. Depending on whether a minor child is traveling alone or with a companion, the border services officer may request that they present additional documentation.
Following the submission of your visa application, you might be required to:
o Attend an interview with our representatives in your country
o Send Additional Information o Pass a Medical Exam o Get a Police Certificate
How to Apply for a Canada Visitor Visa
The following steps are involved in applying for a visitor visa (also known as a TRV):
Step 1: Decide if you want to apply offline or online.
Step 2: Complete a visa application form with the necessary data and supporting documentation.
Step 3: Use a certified check or bank draft to pay the visa processing fee.
Step 4: Bring your passport, photos, and other required documentation to the closest Canadian visa application center.
Step 5: You must provide a fingerprint and a photo (biometrics)
Step 6: submit your visa application at the Canada visa application center.
Step 7: Obtain the application center’s receipt, including the unique tracking number.
Step 8: Use this number to track your application online.
Renewal of a Visitor Visa
Foreign nationals may reside legally in Canada for up to six months on visitor visas, whether single entry or multiple entries. Your legal status will expire after this period, and you must depart Canada. Foreign nationals who want to stay longer than six months must apply while still considered temporary residents. Applying for an extension should be done at least 30 days before your current status is set to expire. You may stay in Canada while awaiting a decision if your existing visa expires while your application for an extension is still being reviewed. It’s known as inferred status. If you qualify for one of Canada’s immigration schemes, you can also apply for permanent resident status.
The only individuals who do not need to apply for a visitor visa to enter Canada, aside from citizens and permanent residents, are visa-exempt. Some countries with which Canada has agreements do not need their people to obtain a visa to visit Canada for up to six months. Visa-exempt foreign nationals must have a current electronic travel authorization to fly to Canada (eTA).
They need a valid passport issued by a nation that does not require a visa if they decide to travel by land or sea. Citizens of the United States are the only exception. The longest undefended land border in the world, the one between Canada and the United States, is traversed daily by thousands of people from both countries. With a current U.S. passport and no longer than six months stay stay, U.S. citizens can visit Canada without a visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA). No matter where they are from, those with a Green Card, also known as permanent residents, are not required to have a visa. To transit through or fly into Canada, they need an eTA, and to enter the country, they need to show both a current Green Card and a current passport.
If your paperwork is in order, it will take 15 days to process a tourist visa for Canada. Processing time for a business visa ranges from one to six weeks. Processing time for a temporary residence visa is between 16 and 20 days.
An official document connected to your passport is called a Canada Tourist Visa and was issued by a Canadian Visa Office. It shows you’ve fulfilled the requirements to enter the nation as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, a student, or a worker). The phrase is known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
In Canada, there are two different kinds of visitor visas:
1. A single entry visa is issued for a maximum of six months.
2. Multiple-entry visas are issued for up to ten years, one month before the passport expiration date, or for a re-entry visa (whichever date comes first).