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A visitor visa, also known as a temporary resident visa (TRV), is an official document that is placed in your passport.  This document shows that you meet the requirements to enter into Canada.  Foreign nationals must apply for a TRV to travel to Canada as visitors, workers and students.

On average visitors can stay in Canada for 6 months, however the border services officer may allow to you stay less than or more than 6 months.  It is important to note that a TRV will not guarantee entrance into the Country.  The officer at the Point of Entry (POE) must be satisfied with the purpose of your visit and that you will leave Canada at the expiry of your temporary status.

Most travellers require either a visitor visa, Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or a valid passport to travel to Canada. You may also need a visa if you are transiting through a Canadian airport on your way to your final destination.

In order to travel to Canada you must meet basic requirements. You must:

  • have a valid travel document (i.e.: passport valid beyond your intended stay)
  • be in good health
  • have no criminal convictions
  • have strong ties to your home country
  • have financial stability for your stay

Additional requirements may include: 

  • completing a medical exam and
  • biometrics (fingerprints and photo)

When applying you must convince the officer of a number of things which include: 

  • the purpose of your trip
  • the length of your stay and that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • the ties you have to Canada and to your country of residence

If you are a temporary resident, with valid status, you can apply for a new temporary resident visa (TRV) to return to Canada before you leave the country. You should apply at least 30 days before your status expiries to:

  • extend your visitor, student or work status
  • change your permit type
  • change your permit conditions

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