Are you a visitor in Canada, your visa is about to expire, and you are considering extending your stay?
You must apply for a visitor record if you wish to extend your stay as a visitor in Canada (remain in Canada longer). A visitor’s registration is not a visa.
Extend Your Stay as a Visitor in Canada
Below are the lists of the things you need to be aware of if you want to extend your stay in Canada.
While your guest visa, also known as a TRV (Temporary Resident Visa), is still in existence, you must apply to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada). The TRV is an official document placed in the foreign national’s passport by a Canadian visa office. This certificate certifies that you’ve fulfilled the requirements to enter Canada as a temporary resident.
You must apply for a visitor record if you want to extend your stay as a visitor in Canada or as a tourist. This document will have a validity period, after which you must leave the country or seek another extension to be lawfully present in Canada. It’s crucial to understand that if you decide to leave Canada, having a visitor record does not ensure your ability to come back. You are permitted to remain in Canada until a decision is reached, even if your current visiting visa expires during the processing of your application for an extension. Previously known as “implied status,” this is now known as “maintained status.”
The terms of your visitor status are prolonged during this period beyond the date of expiration, and you are only permitted to remain in Canada as a guest.
About the document: visitor record
What is a visitor record?
It is a that certifies you as a tourist to Canada and extends your stay.
It has a new expiration date, which is the new deadline for your departure from Canada.
You need one of these papers to enter Canada as a guest for the first time:
- A temporary resident visa is often known as a visiting visa.
- an electronic travel authorization (eTA)
- a passport or other valid travel paperwork
- a visitor record study permission
- a visitor record work permit
Whether you arrived in Canada using a visiting visa, an electronic travel authorization (eTA), or another piece of paperwork is irrelevant. You need a visitor record if you wish to extend your stay as a visitor in Canada.
You should apply at least 30 days before your present status expires if you wish to extend your stay as a visitor or change your status (from an international worker or student to a visitor, for example).
The stamp in your passport, not the one on your visitor’s visa, bears the expiration date of your status.
When to apply
- You should apply at least 30 days before your present status expires if you wish to prolong your stay as a guest or change your status (from an international worker or student to a visitor, for example).
- The stamp in your passport, not the one on your visitor’s visa, bears the expiration date of your status.
The prerequisites for obtaining a visa to remain in Canada are as follows.
- To get a visiting visa, you must fulfil a few prerequisites. You have to
- possess a valid travel ID, such as a passport
- possess excellent health
- to have no convictions for crimes or immigration-related offences
- Persuade an immigration official that you have connections to your native country, such as a job, a house, money, or relatives
- Persuade an immigration official that you’ll be leaving Canada when your stay is over.
- Be prepared financially for your stay.
- How much cash you’ll need will depend on how long you’ll be there and whether you’ll stay in a hotel or with friends or family.
- A Canadian citizen may also require a medical examination and an invitation letter.
- According to your circumstances, review the list of papers you need.
Travelling with minors to Canada.
If your minor children (children under 18) will be travelling with you, with someone else, or alone, make sure you are prepared.
Detailed instructions on how to apply for a Canadian visa when travelling with minors
1. Define the kind of visa
Select the appropriate visa for your travel:
The first steps are to identify the visa you need and confirm your eligibility to apply for it.
You should also be aware of the paperwork you must submit with your application, the potential processing time, and the costs involved.
Every application must adhere to the rules established for your visa category:
- Visa for Temporary Residency
- Exam Permit
- Permit to Work
- Travel Document for Permanent Residents
A properly filled-out and signed VFS Global Consent Form must be included with your application.
2. Start the application.
Start working on your visa application.
- The visa application form may be downloaded, filled out, printed, and brought to the visa application center for submission. Additionally, you may submit your application to Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada straight online (IRCC).
- Fill out the online application form. The entire form must be printed using a laser printer on white, bond-grade, non-glossy paper, together with the barcoded sheets. Please ensure the two copies of the 2D barcode are printed legibly and on sturdy paper. Forms written by hand won’t be accepted.
- You must provide supporting documentation by the IRCC document checklist that applies to your visa category. You will need to fill out the waiver form, sign it, and include it with your application form if you cannot supply all the supporting papers on the official IRCC document checklist.
- You must read the Privacy Statement, complete the consent form, and attach it to your application. Our staff won’t be able to help you if the consent form is missing from your application, and your submission will be sent back to you.
3. Make a reservation.
Make an appointment at a visa application center of your choice.
You must make an appointment at a visa application centre to get your fingerprints and picture taken after you have submitted your visa application. This is referred to as “biometric data.”
- You will get an email with the appointment letter and confirmation after you’ve scheduled your appointment.
- If you are a family or group member, you must schedule separate sessions for each person.
- You do not need to schedule an appointment to visit your nearby Canada Visa Application Center if you are not needed to submit your biometric data. Bring your passport, any necessary photos, the Government of Canada Fee, the completed forms, and all the supporting papers indicated on the IRCC document checklist when you visit the Visa Application Centre at your leisure.
4. You must pay the visa application cost after completing your application. You may pay at the time of your appointment if you wish to download the form, print it, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Center.
You must follow the instructions on the IRCC website to pay the Government of Canada Fee and the Biometric Fee (if necessary).
5. Go to a center to apply for visas.
Attend your appointment as planned.
- You must personally submit your completed visa application form to the Visa Application Center if you have not already done so online.
- Learn what occurs at the center for visa applications.
- Please stop by the Visa Application Center during business hours if you are not needed to submit biometrics.
- Your application and biometrics (if necessary) will be taken once you arrive at the Canada Visa Application Center. Get a receipt after paying the relevant Visa Application Center service fees. Your specific tracking number, which will enable you to follow the development of your application online, is included in this receipt.
Monitor your submissions and keep yourself updated on the status of your application.
- You will get an email update when your decision is sent back to the Visa Application Center. You may also be able to get updates through SMS delivered straight to your phone if you have trouble accessing email or would like more specific monitoring information. Verify whether this service is offered at the visa application center you want to visit.
- Get your passport from the center for visa applications.
- You may pick up your papers at the Visa Application Center once a decision on your visa application has been made, or you can pay extra to have your documents returned to you by courier. Verify whether this service is offered at the visa application center you want to visit.
You must provide the following to pick up the decision envelope in person at the Visa Application Center:
- A copy of your passport’s biographic page that has been stamped
- The original Services Receipt for Visa Application Center issued by the Visa Application Centre.
- A kind of official identification
- You can also assign someone to pick up your decision envelope from the Visa Application Center. Your representative has to provide the following:
- The permission form for Visa Application Center services, signed and bearing the name and connection of the delegate to the applicant.
- A duplicate of the applicant’s passport’s biographical page that has been stamped
- The original Services Receipt for Visa Application Center issued by the Visa Application Centre.
- A government-issued identity document for the delegate
Some individuals cannot enter Canada.
Some persons are not authorized to enter Canada because they are not eligible. You may be ineligible for inadmissible for several reasons, such as:
- Criminal behaviour
- Infringements against human rights
- Organizational crime
You can also be denied entry for safety, medical or economic grounds.
You must verify the specifics of the granted visa to make sure it is valid for the intended purpose of the trip, the requisite number of entries, and the suggested entrance date into Canada. After receiving your decision envelope, you must immediately verify these data. The Visa Office alone determines the validity duration and the number of entries, which may be different from what was requested in your application.