CANADA Visitor Visa
Per year, millions of people visit Canada. In reality, more than 35 million people visit Canada each year to take advantage of the many opportunities available, including visiting family and friends. Although you are a member of a “visa exempt” nation like the United States or Australia, you can need a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada for a short period of time, such as for a holiday or to visit relatives or friends. Canadian Visitor Visas provide foreign nationals the right to visit Canada and reunite with friends, families, or simply discover a new world.
When applying for a TRV, you must bring five major documents with you. While each immigration case is unique based on the unique circumstances, you should have the following documents on hand when applying for a ‘Temporary Resident Visa' in Canada.
Checklist for a Visitor Visa to Canada
Proof of your links to your homeland
A letter of invitation from the person who invited you to come to Canada Proof of funds for your visit to Canada ID such as a passport or county resident card
Proof that you will only be in Canada for a limited time.
Disclaimer: You can need additional documentation or records. Before leaving their home world, individuals must receive a TRV. Individuals would not be able to purchase a TRV until they arrive in Canada.
Documents required for CANADA Visa application
- Original passport and old passports, if any
- Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission of the visa, with a minimum of three blank pages
- Confirmed return air tickets
- The visa application form duly filled (online) by the applicant, under the guidance of our travel experts
- 2 recent passport-size colour photographs taken against a white background with matte-finish (size 35 mm x 45 mm and 60% – 80% face close-up) (UK Visa Photo Requirements)
Note: Photograph should not be more than 3 months old, scanned/stapled, and should not be used in any of the previous visas.
- Covering letter mentioning details of travel, details of the traveller, purpose of visit, and duration of stay. The letter should be duly signed by authorized signatory with company stamp and addressed to the Visa Officer, British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata.
- Income Tax Returns of the last 3 years
- Original bank statements reflecting transactions for the last 6 months, duly attested and signed by a bank official
- Proof of investments – Mutual funds, fixed deposits, national saving certificates, stocks & shares, etc
- Hotel confirmation details
FAQ on UK Visa Application
Visitor visas vary in terms of their “features.” Some are single-entry visas, meaning they are only valid for one visit to Canada. Unless you are going to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you may need to apply for a new visa if you leave Canada and want to return. However, certain visas enable citizens to leave and return to Canada several times within the validity of their visas.
If you are in Canada on a tourist visa and want to extend your stay, you may need to apply for visitor status. You may apply for visitor status at a Canadian immigration office from within the country. However, you can register before your new visitor status expires. As a general rule, if you come to Canada as a ‘visitor,’ you will be granted visitor status for a span of six months. If your visitor status expired but you have already applied for an extension and are waiting for your renewal, you have “implied status” until your extension application is decided. If your application for an extension is denied, you will petition for restoration of status if you do so within 90 days of the date of the denial.
A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), also referred to as a visitor visa or Canada Tourist visa, is an official document issued by a Canadian visa office that is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, a student, or a worker).
There are a number for basic requirements for a Canadian visitor visa. This requirements include:
- have a valid travel document (passport)
- be in good health
- have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
- prove that you have ties such as a job, home, financial assets or family that prove you will be returning to your home country
- prove that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
- have enough money for your stay which depends where and how long you stay
Most visitors are allowed a six-month stay from the day they entered Canada. If the officer authorizes a stay of less than six months, they will indicate in your passport the date by which you must leave Canada. If you want to stay longer than your authorized stay, you should apply for an extension at least 30 days before the authorized end of your stay.
- Visit / Tourism
- Temporary Resident
Visitors are persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and are legally authorized to enter Canada to:
- visit Canada on holiday (vacation),
- visit family,
- conduct business, etc.
- Visitors are restricted in length of stay and subject to various conditions..
Many international students in Canada finish their studies with the hopes of obtaining work and remaining in Canada permanently. In certain Express Entry categories, students may be eligible for permanent residence without any work experience. Often though, students will apply for work and then a work visa to stay temporarily. After having gained academic and work experience in Canada, they may have more options to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
Standard Visitor Visa Extension
There are some exceptional circumstances upon which you may extend your Standard visitor visa. Typically the complete period of extension together with the visa period doesn’t exceed 6 months, except for the following cases:
- If you’re on private medical treatment. You may get an additional 6 month period of visa extension to get medical care. You have to prove that you have paid your care costs, that you can pay additional costs and you haven’t broken immigration and visa rules.
- If you’re an academic completing a research project. The amount of extension and the initial visa period shouldn’t be more than 12 months.
- If you’re sitting the PLAB examination for the second time. You may get an additional 6 months through extension.
- If you want to engage in a clinical duty after having passed PLAB examination. The period through extension doesn’t exceed a year and a half.