Canadian Visitor Visa

Visitor Visas in Canada

There are three types of Temporary Residence or Visitor Visas in Canada. When applying you will need to indicate the Purpose of your Visit – as a Tourist, Visiting Family or Conducting Business,

Visitor Visas may be obtained at the Canadian Visa office in your home country up to six months prior to visiting Canada. If you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa you will have to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for a visitor visa.

When applying for Visitor Visas in Canada as a tourist or visiting family or friends, you will need to state and/or prove the following points:

  • Ties to Country of Resident – This is perhaps the most important point to prove to Immigration Officers. They must be assured that you have good reasons to return home before your travel visa expires. You must demonstrate strong socio-economic ties to your country of origin such as listing your business ownership and place of work. If possible, provide a letter from your employer stating the day they are expected to resume their duties. It is advantageous to own property or have a contract lease. Being enrolled in school or having children enrolled in school is helpful as is having family members remaining behind.
  • Financial Resources – prove that you have sufficient funds to pay for your travel and support yourself while in Canada by providing a bank statement, title deeds to property, business license, or other assets, etc.
  • Travel History – To qualify you must not have overstayed the terms of your visa in Canada or in any other country in the past 10 years. It is best that you have never been denied a travel visa to any country as well.
  • No Criminal Record or Security Risk – You should have never been denied entry into due to a criminal record or lying on applications.
  • Provide Proper Documentation – have a valid passport and permissions to travel with minors if required.
  • Hotel reservations/Tickets – You may need to provide proof that you have a place to stay in Canada in the form of reservations or the name and address of friends or family, along with your return flight ticket to your home country or a destination outside of Canada.
  • Good Health – A Medical Exam may be required to prove that you are in reasonably good health to be able to travel to Canada.
  • A Letter of Invitation is not always necessary but advantageous.

Canadian Business Visitor Visa

This applies to those attending a conference or business meetings. Entrepreneurs who wish to establish or invest a business in Canada will most likely require an Exploratory Visa. See more on this topic.

Most of the above requirements listed for Visitor Visas apply to this category as well, including proving the correct documentation and proof of sufficient financing for your trip, ties to your country, a clear criminal record, travel history and a medical exam.

Business Visitors may remain in Canada for no longer than six months. Longer stays require a work permit. You are not permitted to enter the Canadian labour market while in Canada on a business visa. Your place of business and primary main source of earning or accruing income must be outside Canada. A letter of invitation from a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may be required for business trips. 123Visa provides such letters when arranging Exploratory Visas for Entrepreneurs and Investors.

Canadian Super Visa

Super Visas for Grandparents in CanadaThe Super Visa allows parents, grandparents and spouses or common-law partners to make multiple visits to Canada to visit their family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

It allows for multiple entries for up to 10 years and for individuals to stay for up to two years at a time in Canada. A 10-year multiple entry visa would only have a status period for each entry of six months. This convenience saves on reapplying each time family members wish to visit their loved ones in Canada. If travelling with a Super Visa you will also have to have an Electronic Travel Authorization.

A passport is required along with some assurance that you will return to your home country. Medical exams are usually required. Clear criminal records and proof that you have never abused the terms of your visas are also required. A letter of invitation is advisable for sponsored visitors coming to Canada.

You will need to prove that you can cover the costs of your travel and stay. If you are being sponsored by family members residing in Canada, they are required to prove that they can support you during your visit and pay for travel costs if required. Visit the CIC site to calculate family size when applying for a parent/grandparent Super Visa. Unless you have made arrangements for coverage, family sponsors should be prepared to purchase medical insurance to cover you for the length of your stay in Canada.

Whatever your Visa needs are, 123Visa can help you with the details.

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