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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.
- Understanding the Canada Visitor Visa
- Types of Canadian Visitor Visa
- Who needs to apply for a visitor visa?
- Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel to Canada
- Entry Requirements for the Canadian Visitor Visa
- Documents Required for the Canadian Visitor Visa
- Required Documents for underage people
- How to Apply for the Canadian Visitor Visa
- 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.
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.
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.
The following countries are eTA eligible and do not need a visa to travel to Canada:
|British Virgin Islands||Brunei||Cayman Islands||Chile|
|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|
|Netherlands||New Zealand||Norway||Papua New Guinea|
|Pitcairn||Poland||Portugal||Romania (This applies only to electronic passport holders)|
|St. Helena||Samoa||San Marino||Singapore|
|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.|
For any means of travel to Canada, visitors from the countries listed below need a visa:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Argentina||Armenia||Azerbaijan|
|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|
|El Salvador||Equatorial Guinea||Eritrea||Ethiopia|
|Lesotho||Liberia||Libya||Special Administrative Region of Macao|
|Maldives Islands||Mali||Marshall Islands||Mauritania|
|Mauritius||Micronesia, Fed. States||Moldova||Mongolia|
|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|
|Togo||Tonga||Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia|
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:
- Ukrainian citizens
- 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.
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:
- Be healthy
- Possess a passport or other appropriate travel authorisation
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Possess definite ties to your country of origin
- Guarantee you will depart Canada once your visit is over.
To verify each of these separate elements, you will require supporting documentation.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Family Information (IMM 5645) Form
Every visitor visa applicant who is at least 18 years old must fill out this form.
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:
- 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.
Upload Required Documents
You must upload all of the documents listed above to verify the information you provided when you created your account.
Last modified on June 17th, 2023 at 8:10 am
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