Visiting Canada? You Might Need a Visitor Visa

Many people come to temporarily stay in Canada for a variety of reasons, such as study opportunities, temporary work, and tourism.  No matter what the reason is for travelling to Canada, a visitor visa is typically required for all temporary residents.  A list of exemptions are listed below.

If your visitor visa is approved, the next step would be to convince an immigration officer that your trip will be temporary.  Niren & Associates has experienced lawyers that will first properly prepare your application for your visa, and then provide insight into what to expect at your interview.  Our immigration lawyers know what is involved when someone is attempting to enter Canada, and can provide advice to help make the interview at a port of entry smooth.

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To Enter Canada, You Will Need More Than a Visitor Visa

While it is essential to have a visitor visa to come to Canada, there are other requirements to fulfill in order to enter the country.  You will need to convince an immigration officer that:

  • you will only remain in Canada temporarily
  • you have ties to your home country
  • that you will have the funds to support yourself during your visit

Know Your Options For Types of Visitor Visas

In case you are planning to leave Canada and return while your visitor visa is still valid, you can arrange for that opportunity.

Here are your two options for visitor visas:

  • single-entry:  this allows you for only one admittance to Canada, and if you waned to return to Canada, you’d have to reapply for a new visitor visa (unless you are traveling to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon)
  • multiple-entry:  during the time that your visitor visa is valid, you would be permitted to exit and enter the country

You also have the opportunity to extend your visitor visa status by visiting a Canadian immigration office while in Canada.

Visitor Visa Exemptions

Some people do not require a visa to visit Canada. These include:

  • Citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and Zimbabwe;
  • Persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (USA Green Card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence.
  • British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom;
    Citizens of British dependent territories who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands;
  • Turkish citizens traveling on a diplomatic passport; and
  • Persons holding passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See.

Our Edmonton Immigration Lawyers Offer Professional Assistance

Every year, thousands and thousands of people have successfully enjoyed temporary residence in Canada with the help of our experienced immigration legal team.  When you are planning to work, study or simply visit Canada, make your experience less complicated by letting experienced attorneys to handle your case.

Contact our Edmonton, AB team to help you achieve Canadian temporary residence