Canada Visitor Visa Application Process | Apply online
Are you thinking of how to Canada for business, tourism, to visit a friend, family, relative or all of the above without a sure way of visa application? Do not worry, we get your back. We provide you here the Canada Visitor Visa application process and guidelines to enable you apply for and get your visa online at your comfort.
As you may have known, a Canada visitor visa is a nonimmigrant visa for anyone who wants to enter Canada temporarily for family or friend visit, business, tourism or for a combination of both purposes. The Visitor Visa is also known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). It is an official document that is required in your passport by the Canadian Government which shows that you meet the requirements needed to enter the country. You may also need the visitor visa if you’re transiting through a Canadian airport on your way to your final destination.
How long you can stay with a Canada Visitor Visa
If you have a Visitor Visa you can stay up to 6 months in Canada. At the port of entry, the border services officer may write the date you need to leave by in your passport. You might also be given a document called a visitor record, which will show the date you need to leave by.
However, if you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Then, if you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one but if you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border officer after you finish at the kiosk.
Check if you need a Canada Visitor Visa
Before applying for visitor visa, kindly check if you really need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. You may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada.
The travel document you plan to use to travel to Canada
You may travel with any of the following travel documents:
- Alien’s passport for stateless persons
- Permit to re-enter the U.S. (I-327)
- U.S. Refugee travel document (I-571)
- Other refugee travel document for non-citizens
You must have access to a scanner or camera to enable you create electronic copies of your documents to upload, and as well a valid credit card to pay with.
Note that the travel document you can use depends on:
- the type of travel document you plan to travel with
- the country that issued your travel document
- your nationality
- your method of travel to Canada for this trip
How to apply
- Sign in to your Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) account (See how to get your IRCC account)
- Submit your application and pay the application fee
- Get messages related to your application
- Check the status of your application
- Update your information (if need be)
- Ensure you meet the medical requirements – either you have your medical exam before application or you get it upon application
You must know how to:
- Sign in or create an account
- Find forms and guides
- Pay your fees
- Change your address (depending on where you are and the status of your application)
- Get a police check
- Get a medical exam
- Use a representative
- Check your application status
- Check application processing times
- Request a refund (if need be)
- Ask about or update your application
- Get biometrics
- Find an office (where to submit your application
- Protect yourself from fraud
To be eligible for a visitor visa to Canada, you must:
- have a valid travel document, like a passport
- be in good health
- have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
- convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country
- convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
- have enough money for your stay—this depends on the duration and your place of your stay, whether in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.
Step 1: Get the documents that show you meet the criteria for a visitor visa
Step 2: Apply online
Step 3: Give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)
Step 4: Prepare for your travel to and arrival in Canada
(The official website of the Government of Canada)