What is a visitor visa to Canada
Of the hundreds of thousands of travelers who come to Canada from all over the world every year, many of these travelers require a visitor visa. A visitor visa is a special document that citizens of certain countries must obtain, almost like special permission to come to Canada.
Whether or not you need a visitor visa depends on your country of citizenship. A list of countries whose citizens need a visitor visa before they can come to Canada can be found here.
How do I obtain a visitor visa to Canada?
Obtaining a visitor visa can be difficult because there are many things you need to do in order to satisfy Citizenship and Immigration Canada that you are not a risk. For example, you will need to prove that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay, typically by demonstrating that you have sufficient ties to your home country in the form of immediate family members, a job, or a house.
You must also have enough money to pay for your stay and support yourself, so you should have evidence in the form of financial statements.
A medical exam could be required, as well as a letter of invitation whoever invited you to Canada.
There are two types of visas, single-entry and multiple-entry. Single entry visas are for one trip, and if you leave Canada you’ll need another one to return. These are valid for about six months. A multiple-entry visa can be good for five to ten years, but still only for trips that are six months at a time.
Visitor visa applications can be difficult and complicated. If you need help, please contact our immigration law firm. You are closer than you think!
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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