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Canada Visitor Visas

If you’re planning to visit Canada soon and want to stay for up to six months, you will need to apply for a Canada visitor visa. These visas are different from the standard work or study permit that many foreigners want when they plan on staying in Canada long-term.

A visitor visa is only valid for six months, after which visitors must leave the country until they can apply for another one. These visas are also different from the electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

To ensure a smooth application process for a Canadian visitor visa, you should contact an immigration expert. Our group of experienced immigration attorneys is here to assist you in person, over the phone, or online. Call +1 844 290 6312 to speak with one of our immigration attorneys about your situation right away.

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    Understanding the Canada Visitor Visa

    A visitor visa commonly referred to as a temporary resident visa, is a legal requirement for people from nations that require visas to enter and travel to Canada as visitors for up to six months. It enables travel to Canada for vacations, tourism, or visiting relatives in Canada.

    The visa is affixed to your passport. It demonstrates that you are eligible to enter Canada.  It also specifies the deadline for your entry into Canada.  The time does not mark the end of your stay in Canada. Once your application is approved for a work or study permit, you will instantly receive a visitor visa.

    You will be permitted to enter Canada and start your vacation or family visit if you are granted a visitor visa and the border patrol officials determine that you do not have any criminal intents.

    To be eligible, you must possess a current travel document, such as a passport. You must also be able to persuade an immigration official that you have connections that require your attention in your native country, such as a family, a job, a house, or financial resources.

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    Types of Canadian Visitor Visa

    There are two categories of visitor visas for Canada. The single entry visa and the multiple entry visa.

    1. Single Entry Visa

    With a single entry visa, foreign citizens may enter Canada only once and under particular conditions, such as when it complies with recognized national rules and regulations or when the admission is solely for an authorised visit. It can also be because you qualified for a fee waiver or because you’re participating in a unique Canadian event.

    1. Multiple Entry Visa

    Holders of multiple entry visitor visas are allowed unlimited visits to Canada for a period of six months while their visas are still in effect. Candidates are normally granted multiple entry visas, so you don’t have to specify which kind to apply for.

    If you do not already have a visa-exempt status but possess another status document, such as a work permit or a study permit, you will be given a visitor visa that will allow you to enter Canada to obtain your permit.

    If your permit and visa are still valid, you won’t need a new visitor visa to enter Canada if you decide to travel outside the country briefly while pursuing your education or temporary employment.

    Who needs to apply for a visitor visa?

    Non-Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and individuals who are otherwise exempt from visa requirements must get a visitor visa in order to enter Canada. It is not possible for Canadian citizens—including dual citizens—to apply for a visitor visa.

    They must travel using a Canadian passport that is currently valid. And if their permanent residence card expires, Canadian permanent residents are not allowed to apply for a visitor visa. Rather, they must submit an application for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD).

    There are some nations with which the government has agreements that do not need their residents to obtain a visa in order to visit Canada for up to six months. Apart from Canadian citizens and permanent residents, inhabitants of these countries do not need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. Visa-exempt foreign nationals must have a current electronic travel authorization (eTA) in order to fly to Canada.

    These visitors do not require an eTA, however, if they enter by land or water, such as when driving from the United States or arriving by bus, rail, or boat, including a cruise ship. In this situation, all they need is a valid passport that was issued by their nation.

    Visa-exempt Countries

    The following countries are eTA eligible and do not need a visa to travel to Canada:

    Andorra Anguilla Australia Austria
    Bahamas Barbados Belgium Bermuda
    British Virgin Islands Brunei Cayman Islands Chile
    Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
    Estonia Falkland Islands Finland France
    Germany Gibraltar Greece Holy See
    Hong Kong. Passports must be issued by the People’s Republic of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Hungary Iceland Ireland
    Israel Italy Japan Republic of Korea
    Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
    Malta Mexico Monaco Montserrat
    Netherlands New Zealand Norway Papua New Guinea
    Pitcairn Poland Portugal Romania (This applies only to electronic passport holders)
    St. Helena Samoa San Marino Singapore
    Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Spain
    Sweden Switzerland Taiwan. Travelers must possess a standard passport issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that contains their Personal Identification Number (PIN). United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    United Kingdom Vatican City State. Passports or other forms of identification issued by the Vatican are required for travelers.
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    Visa-required Countries

    For any means of travel to Canada, visitors from the countries listed below need a visa:

    Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola
    Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Azerbaijan
    Bahrain Bangladesh Belarus Belize
    Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia-Herzegovina
    Botswana Brazil Burkina Faso Burma (Myanmar)
    Burundi Cambodia Cameroon, Republic of Cape Verde
    Central African Republic Chad China, People’s Republic of Colombia
    Comoros Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of
    Cuba Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic
    East Timor Djibouti Ecuador Egypt
    El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia
    Fiji Gabon Gambia Georgia
    Ghana Grenada Guatemala Guinea
    Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras
    India Indonesia Iran Iraq
    Ivory Coast Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan
    Kenya Kiribati Korea, North Kosovo
    Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon
    Lesotho Liberia Libya Special Administrative Region of Macao
    Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia
    Maldives Islands Mali Marshall Islands Mauritania
    Mauritius Micronesia, Fed. States Moldova Mongolia
    Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Namibia
    Nauru Nepal Nicaragua Niger
    Nigeria Oman Pakistan Palau
    Palestinian Authority Panama Paraguay Peru
    Philippines Qatar Russia Rwanda
    Sao Tomé e Principe Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Senegal Serbia
    Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa
    South Sudan Sri Lanka St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines (St. Vincent) Sudan Surinam Swaziland
    Syria Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand
    Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia
    Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda
    Ukraine Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu
    Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zambia
    Zimbabwe

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      Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel to Canada

      Overview

      The Canadian government has recently implemented a number of exceptional measures to assist the people of Ukraine in response to the recent Russian invasion of their nation. One such action is the Canada Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). As foreign nationals, it allows Ukrainians and their families to live, work, and study in Canada temporarily until they are safe enough to go home.

      Who is Eligible

      The following candidates are qualified to travel to Canada with the CUAET:

      1. Ukrainian citizens
      2. Ukrainian nationals’ families (can be any nationality). Acceptable family members include:
      • the wife or husband or common-law life partner of a citizen of Ukraine
      • their dependant minor
      • their dependent partner’s or common-law partner’s child or
      • a dependent minor of their dependent minor

      Features and Advantages of the CUAET

      Due to the Russian invasion, Ukrainians citizens and any family member arriving in Canada from abroad:

      • can submit an application for a free open work permit along with their visa application, enabling them to find employment as soon as possible.
      • can submit an application form for a free visitor visa and may be permitted to stay in Canada for 3 years, instead of the usual 6-month acceptable stay for regular visitors.
      • are excluded from Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination entry criteria, but they must still adhere to all other public health standards for travel to Canada, such as quarantine and testing.
      • for regular, non-complex instances, their electronic visa application will be handled within two weeks after submitting a complete application.
      • are excluded from undergoing an immigration medical exam (IME) abroad, if required. However, they could be asked to pay for and finish a medical diagnostic test within 90 days of their arrival in Canada to check for reportable contagious diseases.

      Ukrainians who get or already hold temporary status in Canada, along with their family members can leave and return to Canada at any time while they still have a valid visa.

      They can apply for a new study or work permit free of charge. They can also renew their study or work permit free of charge. Additionally the minors are qualified to enrol in elementary and secondary education.

      Entry Requirements for the Canadian Visitor Visa

      Although there are several sorts of visas, each one still has essentially the same fundamental requirements. To get the visitor visa to Canada, you must:

      1. Be healthy
      2. Possess a passport or other appropriate travel authorisation
      3. Get a COVID-19 vaccination. You must have had at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, a combination of two vaccines, or the Janssen Jcovden (Johnson & Johnson, Ad26.COV2.S (JNJ-78436735)) vaccine. The list of approved vaccines by the Government of Canada are as follows:
      • Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)
      • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) including for children aged 5 to 11 years
      • Janssen Jcovden (Johnson & Johnson, Ad26.COV2.S (JNJ-78436735))
      • Medicago Covifenz
      • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
      • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273), including for children aged six months to 11 years
      • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
      • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
      • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

      You must receive your preferred vaccination at least 14 days before travelling to Canada to be considered completely immunized.

      1. Have no convictions for crimes or immigration-related offences. As a matter of fact, your application for any Canadian visa is likely to be denied if you have ever been found guilty of criminal conduct, infringements of human rights or organised crime.
      2. Have enough money on hand to pay all of your bills. This amount is determined by your lodging preferences and if you intend to pay for your lodging.
      3. Possess definite ties to your country of origin
      4. Guarantee you will depart Canada once your visit is over.

      To verify each of these separate elements, you will require supporting documentation.

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        Documents Required for the Canadian Visitor Visa

        1. Evidence of Vaccination

        To ensure everyone’s safety, testing and quarantine regulations must be followed by all visitors to Canada. You must enter your vaccination details using ArriveCAN. This information must be entered no later than 72 hours before your planned arrival in Canada.

        1. ArriveCAN Receipt

        You have to use the ArriveCAN app before arriving at the airport or entering Canada. This comprises your travel and contact details, a quarantine plan, and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment and can be provided on paper or electronically by using the app.

        Visit this page to learn more about ArriveCAN and to download the app.

        1. Your history of travels

        If you’ve visited Canada or other nations, this can demonstrate that you’ve previously been successful in obtaining a visa. Although it is optional, this document may increase your chances of being approved for a visitor visa. Documents to verify this includes:

        • Passports and visas used to travel out of your country in the last ten years.
        • Visas that are current or expired.
        • Study permit or work permit that show how long you are away from your home country.
        1. Plan of Action

        Along with your visa application, you will also need to provide documents indicating your intended stay in Canada as well as your planned activities. They could be hotel or travel information, or they could be event registration information.

        1. Proof of identity

        You must submit a legible colored copy of your current passport or other form of identification that you’ll be using to enter Canada.

        If you’re using your passport, you must deliver a copy of all pages with stamps, visas, or other markings, as well as the page that lists your birthdate and country of origin.

        If you’re using other forms of identification like a travel document, a government must have authorised its issuance. Name, birthdate, document number, citizenship or residency status, photo, and expiration date are required to be included (if applicable).

        Acceptable forms of identification includes:

        • Regular, official, and diplomatic passports
        • Alien passports for stateless people.
        • US Visa for Re-Entry (Form I-327).
        • US Travel Document for Refugees (Form I-571).
        • Other refugee travel documentation for non-citizens
        1. Statement of account

        This will prove that you have the financial means to sustain yourself while you are a visitor in Canada. Your bank name and contact information is required to get in touch with your bank. The statement identifies the account as being yours by listing your name and address.

        Additionally, account information for at least six months, including balances, will verify your financial status.

        1. Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) Form

        This form must be filled out by relatives who submit applications on the applicant’s or third parties’ behalf.

        1. Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (IMM 5475) Form

        If you wish Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to give your personal information to a specific person, fill out this form.

        The person you select will have access to details about your case file, including the progress of your application. This is to be submitted with your visa application form.

        1. Family Information (IMM 5645) Form

        Every visitor visa applicant who is at least 18 years old must fill out this form.

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          Required Documents for underage people

          The documentation required for minors (those under the age of 18) depends on whether they are travelling alone, with a parent, a family member, or a friend. It is for the protection of the children, and those without the required documentation will be rigorously inspected.

          In addition to a copy of their birth certificate and a letter of authorization from both of their parents or legal guardians that includes contact information, children travelling to Canada alone must have their own valid passport.

          Minors travelling to Canada with just one parent or legal guardian must have a child’s passport, a copy of their birth certificate, and a letter of authorisation from the parent who won’t be travelling with them, along with contact information (in English or French if possible).

          A letter of consent from the other parent or legal guardian is required for minors travelling with parents who are separated, divorced, or have joint custody. If only one parent has full custody, the kid will need both a custody order and a letter of authorization from that parent.

          The child will require a copy of the death certificate if one of the parents has passed away.

          A copy of the guardianship or adoption paperwork is required for minors travelling with adopted parents or other legal guardians. They will also require a copy of their parents’ or legal guardian’s signed passports or national identification cards, as well as written permission from parents or guardians to oversee the kid, if they are travelling with anyone other than their parents or legal guardians.

          Other documents required to apply for the visitor visa includes:

          • Proof of payment of the Canadian visa application cost.
          • Photos that meet the criteria for photo submission for a visa to Canada.
          • Documents for identification and civil status.
          • A letter of introduction outlining why you’re visiting Canada.
          • Support letter/invitation to Canada.

          How to Apply for the Canadian Visitor Visa

          You can apply online through the Canadian government’s website once you have verified that you meet all requirements, gathered all necessary paperwork, and made sure you have every visa application form. You can complete the application process in three easy steps:

          1. Set Up an Account

          You can register on the official website of the government. By completing this, you will provide information to the Canadian government that will assist it in deciding which application process you must go through, such as your reason for visiting Canada.

          1. Upload Required Documents

          You must upload all of the documents listed above to verify the information you provided when you created your account.

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