Canada has a huge tourism industry and welcomes millions of tourists every year. The second largest country in the world, Canada's incredible geographical variety is a significant tourist attractor.
Canada is known for its beautiful landscaps, diverse climate, natural marvels and world famaous attactions including CN Tower, Niagara Falls and Banff National Park. Every year many people come to Canada for spending quality time with friends and family members who live in Canada or just for a vacation. To visit Canada as a visitor, you will need a visitor visa in most cases.
If you are from one of the visa exempt countries, you won't need a visa to visit Canada but you will need an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) .
To enter Canada as a visitor or tourist, you will need a visitor visa (Temporary Resident Visa) in most cases. If you are from one of the visa exempt countries, then you will need an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to enter Canada.
The applicant must meet some basic requirements and must:
- Have a valid travel document, i.e. passport
- Have no criminal record and are in good health
- Satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorised stay
- Satisfy an immigration officer that you have ties to your home country like a job, home, properties or family
- Prove that you have enough financial means for your stay in Canada
- You may need to give biometrics, medicals and letter of invitation from someone living in Canada
- You cannot work or study in Canada as a visitor unless your study program is less than 6 months.
Single Entry Visa:
With a single entry visa, you can stay up to 6 months in Canada. Border services officer may allow you to stay less than 6 months and may put stamp and date by which you must leave Canada. If you do not get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you arrived in Canada or until your passport expiry date, whichever is shorter. Once you leave Canada, you will need a new visa to re-enter Canada.
Multiple Entry Visa:
With multiple entry visa, you can stay for 6 months at a time and is valid for up to 10 years or one month before your passport expiry date whichever is shorter. You can re-enter Canada with this visa and again stay for 6 months.
ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization):
If you are from one of the Visa Exempt countries, you do not need a visitor visa instead you need an ETA to visit Canada. An ETA can be processed in few minutes online in most cases, and it is valid for 5 years from the day it is issued or until your passport expiry date.
- Visiting the USA, St. Pierre and Miquelon from Canada is not considered exit, and you can re-enter Canada on your same single entry visitor visa.
Canadian government gives priority to family reunification, and that is why they have developed Super Visa that facilitates Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents to invite their parents/grandparents to Canada so that they can spend quality time together for a longer duration. Parents/grandparents can stay up to 2 years at a time, and it’s a multiple entry visa which is valid for 10 years.
If you want to apply for a super visa, you must:
- Have a valid travel document, i.e. passport
- Be a parent or grandparent who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Have an invitation letter from their child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Be admissible to Canada on criminal, security and medical grounds
- Have medical insurance from a Canadian company for the coverage of at least CAD 100,000 that is valid for 1 year from the day of arrival
- Take a medical exam from a panel physician
- Not work or study while in Canada unless the study course is less than 6 months
- Meet some other conditions
- Super visa can be extended for up to 2-year duration
- You cannot include your dependents in your application
You must leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay on your visitor visa. If you want to stay longer, you must apply to extend your stay as a visitor at least 30 days before the status expires. If the decision on your application is positive, you are given a visitor record that shows the duration of your stay in Canada and the date you must leave Canada by. A visitor record is different than a visitor visa and cannot be used to return to Canada once you leave.
- If your visitor visa is a single entry visa and you want to leave and return to Canada, you must apply for a new visitor visa. You cannot apply to extend your stay as a visitor
- If you applied for an extension and have lost your status as a visitor, you can stay in Canada until a decision is made on your application and you must obey the conditions of your stay
- If the decision on your application is negative, you must leave Canada
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