We are often approached by people wishing to come to Canada as visitors from all over the world. Many people are surprised to hear that getting a Canadian visitor visa, properly known as a Temporary Resident Visa, can be a challenge.
In order to qualify, applicants have to satisfy Canadian Visa officers at their Consulates or Embassies that they are suitable candidates for the Visa. What Visa Officers are required to consider in making decisions whether to grant or deny Visitor Visa applications as as follows:
Each of these above factors are carefully evaluated before making a decision. Therefore applicants who tend to be successful with their Canadian visitor visa applications include documentation and information that shows how and why they qualify under these factors. Information such as ties to their home country such as family, employment, savings etc are often crucial in determining the outcome of a Visa application. Generally, a well-documented, carefully prepared application has a much better chance of success than does an application hastily assembled. If you are lucky enough to get approved for a Canadian visitor visa, you will notice whether your Visa is ‘single entry’ or ‘multiple entry’ . Single entry Visas are for a one-time trip to Canada only. Multiple Entry Visas allow the applicant to travel to Canada as many times as he or she wishes during the validity of the Visa. Often the strength of the application will determine whether the Canadian visitor visa will be issued for single or multiple visits to Canada.
If your application for a Canadian Visitor Visa is refused, you have the option of appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Canada. Appeals are generally difficult to succeed on so do not count on this route. Rather a re-application may be your best bet if you are able to address the concerns of the Visa officer who originally refused your case. If you have been denied a Canadian Visitor Visa it is important that you get the help of an experienced immigration professional. Do you have questions about Canadian Visitor Visas? If so, fill out our FREE online immigration assessment and find out if you are eligible to come to Canada.