According to recent statistics, over 5 million visitors visit Canada every year. The number includes citizens of either the countries that do not need a visa to enter Canada, or those that are required to have a Temporary Residence Visa to enter Canada.
Every visitor to Canada for touristic purposes or visiting family and relatives need to have Temporary Residence Visa or Canadian Visitor Visa, for which they have to have a valid passport, in addition to convince the immigration officer that they leave Canada before their visa expiry date. The effective factors on the officer’s decision include having family members, spouse, job, money, property, etc. in their home country.
Tourism in Canada
You can enter Canada as a visitor to visit your relatives and friends, business affairs, etc.
A possible way of travelling to Canada is through family members or relatives. If your children or grandchildren are citizens or permanent residents of Canada, you will be able to travel to this country through Super Visa. As a visitor you must be eligible for Super Visa and prove that you will leave the country when the visa expires. Significant factors to the immigration officer are as follows:
- Dependency to your home country
- The reason for your visit
- Your family and property
- Political and economical stability in your home country
- Official invitation letter from a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
The followings must be kept in mind:
- A proof of financial affordability by the Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- An official declare on full sponsorship by your host through the travel time is required
- Having Canadian medical insurance for at least one month is required.
- Medical examination results must be submitted.
How to extend visitor visas
If you intend to extend your stay in Canada, you need to apply for that. Please note that your application must be submitted at least 30 days before your visa expiry date.
- Maximum time to stay in Canada
Border Service officer makes the decision on your stay time in Canada; however, most visitors are allowed to stay in the country for 6 months. If the officer specifies a shorter stay, the date will be printed on a passport page.
- The difference between single and multiple visa (a 5-year visa)
To enter Canada as a visitor, you need a visitor visa which falls in the category of temporary visas. There are two types of visitor visas: single and multiple visa. Both are valid for specified, limited time and will not be valid after the expiry date.
Multiple visas allow you to enter and exit Canada during the specified 6 months, without any need to apply for re-enter. Multiple visas are valid for 10 years, but if your passport expires, your visa also expires one month before the expiry date of your passport.
Single visas allow you to enter the country just once. It means you need to apply for re-enter Canada. However, travel to the U.S., St. Pierre and Miquelon re exempt from visa application to re-enter.
Note: since 6th February, 2014, all applied visas will be considered and processed as Multiple Visas, even those applied as a single visa.
My application for Canadian permanent residency is being processed. Is it possible to enter Canada as a visitor and wait for my permanent residency in the country?
You can enter Canada as a visitor before your permanent residency is issued, but you need to apply for a visitor visa.
Note: A valid visitor visa does not guarantee your entrance to Canada. The border service officer decides on permission to enter the country and the stay time.
- What to do if the application for visitor visa is rejected?
The only option is to apply again. Please note that any application for the second time requires fundamental changes in your condition.
- To travel with my family, is it possible to apply for a visa for the family?
No. every member of the family must submit an application individually. You can submit all the applications with a single proof of payment.
Who is a business visitor?
A business visitor is someone who travels to Canada for international business and trade purposes. They must not directly enter Canadian labor market.
For instance, they travel to Canada for meetings with the representatives of the companies for business, or they are invited for some training courses by Canadian companies.
Such travelers do not need a work permit. Business visitors must demonstrate that their main income source and business place is not located in Canada. If you are collaborating with a Canadian company, e.g. you are the representative of your company for a contract agreement in Canada, you are no longer considered a visitor and need a work permit. Therefore, business visitors are different from businesspeople and need to apply for different processes.