How to get tourist visa for Canada?

A visitor visa is also known as a temporary resident visa. It is basically a legal document that you can attach to your passport. It demonstrates that you meet the requirements for entry into Canada.

One can easily apply for a visitor visa online or on paper.

Visitor visa – single entry or multiple entries (including extensions) $100
Visitor visa – maximum fee for family $ 500
Visitor record, including attachments) $ 75

If your immigration status in Canada has lapsed within the last 90 days, you must apply for restoration and pay a CAN$200 restoration fee.

How to get a tourist visa for Canada?

A visitor visa is also known as a temporary resident visa. It is basically a legal document that you can attach to your passport. It demonstrates that you meet the requirements for entry into Canada.

One can easily apply for a visitor visa online or on paper.

How long you can stay on a Visitor Visa?

Most visitors can stay in Canada for up to six months.

The border services officer at the port of entry may allow you to stay for less than or more than 6 months. If that’s the case, they’ll stamp your passport with the departure date. They may also provide you with a document known as a visitor record, which will show the date you must leave by.

If you do not receive a stamp in your passport, you can stay in Canada for 6 months from the date you entered or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. If you require a stamp, you can obtain one from a border services officer. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, inquire with the border officer after you have completed your inspection.

Necessary Documents for a visitor visa

What are the requirements for getting a Canadian visa?

These are the basic requirements that everyone needs to pass through when they are applying for a visitor visa. These requirements will in general apply also to work or study visas.

  • You have a valid travel document, for example, a passport.
  • You are healthy. 
  • You don’t have a criminal record.  
  • You will leave Canada when your visa expires.
  • You have the means to support yourself while you stay.
  • You have significant bonds to your home country and you will want to go back. 

The Canadian Government has made it relatively easy to find out how to get a Canadian visa. They have created various tests that assess applicants’ eligibility. You can answer some questions depending on the type of visa you want. After that, the test will then let you know whether you should apply or not. They will also send you the relevant instructions that you need to take to meet all the requirements.

Here are some of the documents that might be required for a Canadian visa:

  • your passport,
  • Canada visa application form,
  • proof of paid Canada visa fees,
  • photos and fingerprints under the requirements for a Canada visa,
  • proof of financial means,
  • evidence that once the Canadian visa expires, you will be returning to your home country,
  • civil status documents,
  • police clearances.
  • medical exam,
  • an invitation letter from someone living in Canada.

The application could be get denied if: 

  • If you have failed to prove you have enough money to support your time in Canada,  
  • visa officers suspect that you are not going to just study or work or travel in Canada, 
  • visa officers suspect that you are not going to overstay your visa,  
  • You didn’t pass a medical exam if that was required. 

Document for travel history: 

A clear copy of one or more of the following documents:

  • Your former passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
    stamps for entry and exit.
  • Expired or valid visas for study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country.

Document for Account Statement: 

Bank name and contact information
This enables us to reach out to your bank or financial institution if we have any questions.

You must provide proof that this is your account.
The account is yours because your name and address appear on the statement.

Account information
At least 6 months of account information, including balances, to understand your financial situation.

Proof that you’re eligible to travel to Canada

You must bring evidence that you meet the eligibility requirements to travel at this time, such as

  • a COVID-19 test result that is negative (taken within 72 hours of your departure)
  • the evidence you submitted with your visa application
  • If you are required to obtain written authorization from IRCC, you must do so.
  • written permission from the Public Health Agency of Canada (if traveling for humanitarian reasons)

If you are unable to provide this information, you will not be permitted to board your flight to Canada or enter through a Canadian land port of entry.

IRCC

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have visa offices around the world.

Citizenship, Immigration, and Refugees Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants, protects refugees, and provides programs to assist newcomers in settling in Canada. The IRCC also grants Canadians citizenship and issues travel documents (such as passports). Citizenship and Immigration Canada was the previous name for this Canadian federal government department (CIC).

How long would it take to obtain a visa to Canada?

The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) should take only a few minutes. The Canadian visa processing time varies for each specific case, but it normally takes a few weeks. Your visa begins to process only after the authorities have received your application and your biometrics. You can check here for processing times.