Canada is a very welcoming country to visitors, letting in over 35 million people every year. However, this does not mean being approved is a simple matter.
Applications to visit Canada, even for a short period, will be thoroughly inspected by a visa immigration officer to ensure you meet all the requirements.
Do you need a visitor visa?
Depending on your country of citizenship, you may not need a visa to enter Canada.
Those whose countries are listed as visa-exempt counties do not require a visitor visa.
eTA - Electronic Travel Authorization
If you are from a visa-exempt country and are arriving to Canada by air, you still require an eTA. You do not require an eTA if you are arriving to Canada by car, bus, train or boat.
An eTA is an entry document which is linked to your passport. eTA’s are valid for 5 years, or until your passport expires.
With a valid eTA, you may visit Canada for up to 6 months at a time.
How long can I visit?
Most visitor visas that are issued are multiple entry visas which allow you to remain in Canada for up to 6 months for each visit.
The validity date of the visa is usually 10 years.
Border Officer Stamps your Passport
When you enter Canada, the border officer may stamp your passport with a specific expiration date. If that happens to you, the stamped expiration date is the date you must leave Canada.
What do you need to show?
You must be able to convince the immigration officer that you are visiting Canada for a limited time and that you will exit the country before your visa expires.
Canada discourages people from coming as claimed ‘temporary’ visitors when in fact they intend to make permanent residency or refugee claims, bypassing the usual controls and staying illegally.
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How We Can Help
Applying for a Visitor Visa can be a time-consuming and confusing process due to all the requirements, fees, and steps to be taken.
Many are refused in their first attempt because they did not seek professional help and made a seemingly minor, though potentially critical mistake. It is not just about obtaining the required documentation and submitting your application; you must go above and beyond minimum requirements whenever you can.
At Vitti Immigration Law PC, we are highly experienced with visitor visa applications. We guide you through each step of the process to ensure you compile a strong and convincing application, giving you the best chances of success.
To get started, contact us below.