Learn What Your Temporary Visa Options Are in Canada

Every year, thousands of foreigners flock to Canada on a temporary basis to offset the skill scarcity in various industries or to study at Canadian educational institutions or simply to visit all that Canada has to offer. Temporary residence status refers to people who wish to come to Canada to visit, work or study. They are coming to Canada for a temporary period and are therefore considered visitors.

There are 3 main categories for temporary status:

  1. Study Permit
  2. Visitor Visa
  3. Work Permit

4 Common FAQs About Temporary Residency in Canada

1. What is a temporary resident visa?

Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents have the right to enter Canada freely. Other visitors to Canada, including tourists, students, and workers, may need a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada.

2. Does everyone planning to visit Canada require a visa?

No. You do not need a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada if you are from a visa-exempt country. Citizens from all other countries must apply for a TRP before entering Canada .

3. Do I need a study visa if I plan to study in Canada?

Not always.  If your studies will last less than 6 months in Canada, then a Study Permit is usually not required. Any studies that extend longer than 6 months will typically require a Study Permit.

4. How do I qualify for a work permit to work in Canada?

There are many ways to qualify for a Canadian work permit. In some situations, the Canadian employer must demonstrate that they were unable to find Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents to fill the position. Side Note: Whether you wish to visit, study or work in Canada, you must satisfy a visa officer that your intention in coming to Canada is temporary and that you will leave upon the expiry of your visitor status. In many cases, this means that you should show sufficient ties to your home country and that you are able to financially support yourself during your visit.

Why Investing in Professional Immigration Help is Essential

Even though you can submit your own Canadian immigration applications, we do not recommend this. The Canadian immigration standards are very high.  We find the number one reason why people are refused on their applications is due to not enough knowledge of the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of Canadian immigration applications.

If you are serious about travelling or working or studying in Canada, then it is a HUGE decision for you and the immigration paperwork should not be taken lightly. The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a temporary visa in Canada can be complex and you can increase your chances by partnering with an experienced immigration professional.

How We Can Help You

Many of our clients are happy to relieve themselves of the headaches of preparing paperwork and having to deal with government red tape by outsourcing this work to our professional team of immigration experts.

It is our pleasure to see clients enter Canada stress-free without all the hassles of filing tons of complicated paperwork.

We have literally helped thousands and thousands of people to successfully enter Canada, so they can visit, work, or study, and we are certain we can help you too!

How to get started:

The first step towards getting a temporary visa in Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. All you need to do is use our free immigration assessment form here and we will get back to you (within 24 hours) to discuss your options.

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