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A visitor means a person who is lawfully in Canada, or seeks to come into Canada for a temporary purpose (such as work, study or visit) and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or the holder of a minister’s permit.

Every visitor, unless exempted, must apply for and obtain a visa before appearing at a Port of Entry (POE). All visitors who are required to obtain a visa must be in possession of the visa when they appear at a POE.

The Canadian visitor visa application involves a two-step process:

First Step: The foreign national must first submit a visit visa application to the responsible Canadian visa office in the country or region where they reside. At this time, the applicant may need to attend an interview where the visa officer will verify the applicant’s reasons for visiting Canada, the applicant’s ability or willingness to leave Canada within the visa validity date and the applicant’s overall admissibility to Canada.

Second Step: Once a visit visa has been issued, the applicant may land in Canada. At the port of entry an immigration officer will question the applicant to ensure admissibility.

A visitor visa may be for single entry or multiple entry use. Single entry visas may be issued up to six months before the expected date of travel. The maximum validity date for multiple entry visitor visas is up to five (5) years or one month prior to the expiry date on the passport/re-entry visa, whichever is earlier. POE officers will routinely grant entry for a period of six months to a person requesting entry as a visitor.

A foreign national who has an immigrant visa already in process is not prohibited from applying for a temporary resident visa.

Visa Type

  • Single or Multiple Entry Visitor Visa
  • Relatives, Distant Relatives, Friends, Parents and Grandparents
  • Multiple Entries Within Visa Validity Period
  • Maximum Validity up to 10 Years (Same Validity of the Passport Minus One Month)
  • Authorised Stays In Canada for up to 6 Months Every Entry
  • Intend to Leave Canada at the end of Visit.

Required Documents:

  • Invitation Letter From Resident in Canada
  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Examination (May Required Specific Cases)
  • Enough Financial ability for Applicant to stay in Canada
  • Proof of Documents- Tax Assessment, Letter From Employer
  • Visa Fee
  • Specific Forms