Visitor Visa

Visitor Visa

A Visitor Visa is mandatory to enter Canada unless you are a visa-exempt, permanent resident, or Canadian citizen. Temporary Resident Visa is another term for Visitor Visa. Every person entering Canada must have a valid document that allows legal entry. A Visitor Visa application can take a couple of months for approval. 

The waiting period to get a Visitor Visa depends upon the country of your citizenship. One should make travel plans by considering the Visa processing time. Expert immigration consultants can guide you in preparing applications and gathering supporting documents.


Every person traveling to Canada needs a valid entry document apart from the passport. A Visitor Visa allows the individual to stay for a short time. A Visitor Visa can be Single-Entry Visitor Visa or Multiple-Entry visa.

You will have permission to enter Canada once only if you have a Single-Entry Visa. A multiple Entry Visa authorizes an individual to visit and leave Canada as many times as required. One does not need to specify the type of Visitor Visa. Most Visitor Visas are multiple entry visas and a Single Entry Visa is only offered under exceptional conditions.

An individual holding a Multiple-Entry Visa can live up to six months in Canada on every visit. A visitor visa can be valid for a maximum of ten years. The visa officer is the final authority to decide the validity period of your Visitor Visa

Who requires a Visitor Visa?

Over 30 million people visit Canada annually to explore a wide gamut of opportunities to immigrate to Canada. Most visitors to Canada are tourists or wish to meet their families in Canada. The following are common reasons to apply for a Visitor Visa.

  • Short visit – A Temporary Visa is essential to visit and live in Canada for a short duration that may extend up to six months.
  • Work in Canada – One needs a temporary visa to work in Canada for less than six months. One may or may not need a temporary work permit.
  • Study – You will need a Visitor Visa to pursue a short study program of fewer than six months duration.

Who does not need a Visitor Visa?

A Visitor Visa is a vital document to travel to Canada. Citizens of Canada cannot get a visitor visa even after the expiration of their PR card. They should apply for PRTD (Permanent Resident Travel Document).

Canadian citizens travel on their passport and therefore do not require a Visitor Visa. Business Visitor Visa applies to individuals who need to visit Canada for business purposes. Citizens of visa-exempt countries need not apply for Visitor Visas, as they require electronic Travel authorization (eTA) to enter Canada.

Eligibility to obtain a Canada visitor visa

The passport is the most vital document to travel to Canada from other countries. You will apply for a Visitor Visa from your home country. The local embassy official will screen all documents and also get your biometric screening done. The approval of your Visitor Visa will depend upon the completion of documentation. Make sure to gather all documents carefully.

The following are crucial requirements to obtain a Visitor Visa:

  • Valid passport
  • Have no criminal history
  • There is no conviction against you in any immigration matter
  • You should be in good health
  • Have adequate funds to support your living and traveling expenses in Canada
  • Satisfy admissibility requirements 
  • Have strong ties in a home country like a business, a job, immovable property, and financial assets as proof of returning 

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