A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that IRCC sticks in your passport. It shows that you meet the requirements needed to enter Canada.
Most travellers need a visitor visa to travel to Canada.
You must meet some basic requirements to get a visitor visa. 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
- The amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay and if you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.
How long you can stay
Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada on a Visitor Visa.
At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document, called a visitor record, which will show the date you need to leave by. This is different from a Visitor Visa counterfoil.
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. If you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border officer after you finish at the kiosk.
How FATEH LAW CORPORATION can help you?
With our extensive experience in Canadian immigration, FLC can help you make the strongest case for your Canada visit visa. Our teams will help you with:
- Identifying the best strategy to get your visitor visa
- Advising you on how to present your case so the chance of a personal interview is minimized
- Advising you on finances to be shown
- Providing legal submissions to make your case strong
- Advising you on documents to be presented
- Filling of forms
- Review of all your documentation
- Provide an Affidavit where necessary
- Submit your profile from the Authorised Paid Representative Portal
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