Visitor
VisaS


You can visit Canada to enjoy its scenery or for a business purpose. To enter, you will need a visitor visa, and we can help you obtain in.
Unless they are citizens of a visa-exempt country, individuals who wish to enter Canada, you must apply for and be granted a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).

You must meet some basic requirements to get a visitor visa. You must:

  • have a valid travel document, like a passport
  • be in good health
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • have enough money for your stay
    • The amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay and if you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.
    • Business visitors need to illustrate their financial position in their country of residence
You may also need a medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada. Your lawyer, in some cases, can draft a letter of invitation for you.
Do I need a visa to visit Canada?
Most travellers need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport.
What you need depends on:
  • the type of travel document you will travel with;
  • the country that issued your travel document;
  • your nationality; and
  • how you will travel to Canada.
If you do not have the proper documents, such as an eTA or visa, you may be delayed or prevented from boarding your flight to Canada.

Before you apply, find out what you need to travel to Canada.
Who are Visa-exempt travellers?
You're considered a visa-exempt traveler if you're from an eTA-required country.
Click on the above link to see the countries.

You need an eTA to transit through Canada by air if you're from an eTA-required country.

You don't need an eTA if you're transiting through Canada and you enter by train, bus, boat or cruise ship. You do need to bring the right travel documents.
How do I help a friend apply to visit Canada?
Anyone who plans to visit Canada must apply from outside of Canada before they travel.
What your friend or family member needs depends on:

  • the type of travel document they will travel with;
  • the country that issued their travel document;
  • their nationality; and
  • how they will travel to Canada.
If they need a visitor visa, you may provide your family member or friend with a letter of invitation in support of their visa application. A letter of invitation can help, but it does not guarantee the person will get a visa.
Can I travel with my child without my spouse?
You must present the following documents:
  • A copy of the child's birth certificate
  • A letter of authorization signed by the parent who is not travelling, containing their address and telephone number, in English or French if possible, and
  • A photocopy of the non-accompanying parent's signed passport or national identity card
If the parents are separated or divorced, and share custody of the child, the parent travelling with the child should carry copies of the legal custody documents.

If the parents are separated or divorced and one of them has sole custody of the child, the letter of authorization may be signed by that parent only and they should bring a copy of the custody papers.

If one of the child's parents is deceased, the travelling parent should bring a copy of the death certificate.
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