I want to travel to Canada, do I need a visitor visa?
Did you know that some foreign countries are on a list that requires their citizens to obtain a visa before they can enter Canada for a purpose like a vacation or a visit? These countries are called non-visa-exempt countries. A list of these countries whose citizens require a visa to come to Canada can be found here.
There are also many countries that are not on the list, such as the United States. If you do find out that you must obtain a visitor visa to come to Canada, read on.
Requirements for coming to Canada on a visitor visa
All entrants to Canada need to meet several requirements, whether they require a visa or not. Those who do require a visa will be more heavily scrutinized with regards to these requirements than others.
For example, entrants will need to be able to demonstrate that they have enough money to cover their trip and pay for their exit out of Canada, and one example of this is proving that you’ve purchased plane tickets to leave Canada already.
Entrants to Canada must also demonstrate that they have every intention of leaving Canada before their visitor visa expires, meaning they must show strong ties to their home country in the form of things like family, property, employment or assets.
In general, applicants also need to be in good health and may be subject to a medical exam depending on the circumstances.
Because you must demonstrate so many different things to the Canadian immigration authorities, obtaining a visitor visa is not an easy process. If you wish to obtain a visitor visa to come to Canada, please call our immigration law firm.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association.Read more
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