Canada is a fascinating country attracting millions of visitors each year from all over the world. A visitor visa or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) may be necessary to visit Canada. Canadian visa office issues the Visitor Visa to applicants after verifying the eligibility parameters and documents. A visitor visa enables them to enter and live in Canada as temporary residents for a particular period.

A temporary Visit Visa is helpful for people to visit Canada temporarily to visit, study, work, or conduct business. Contacting an established immigration consultant boosts the application process, ensuring faster visa approval with expert guidance and comprehensive support

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Canada has myriad travel destinations attracting millions of travelers who love nature, adventure, music, and art. Niagara Falls and Rocky Mountain Parks are prominent tourist attractions in Canada, besides several lakes, parks, mountain trails, and outdoor adventure opportunities for rafting, camping, and skiing. Canada has traveler-friendly immigration policies to help people visit their friends and families and participate in business meetings and trade fairs. Tourism, leisure, family reunion, and business are a few main reasons that bring visitors to Canada. 

A Temporary Resident Visa or visitor visa is an official immigration document allowing travelers from non-visa-exempt countries to travel and live in Canada for a certain period. By default, all visitor visa holders can visit Canada multiple times unless the individual applies for a single entry visa under specific circumstances. The standard visitor visa validity is for up to six months. Canadian immigration policy allows visitor visa holders to bring family members to Canada. Each family member will have to apply individually for a visitor visa. 

A Temporary Resident Visa is a must if you are traveling to Canada from a country that is not visa-exempt. 

Individuals who are not permanent residents or Canadian citizens do not need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. Permanent residents cannot apply for a Temporary Resident Visa despite the expiration of their PR card. A permanent resident travel document is an alternative option for them. A Visitor Visa confirms that the visa holder meets the eligibility criteria of being a temporary visitor for entering Canada. 

There are two types of Visit Visa for traveling to Canada for a short stay. A single entry visa allows the holder to visit Canada as a temporary resident for a single time. Multiple entry visa authorizes the person to visit Canada several times. These visas are valid for up to ten years allowing the visitor to live in Canada for up to six months on each visit. The decision on the length of stay rests with the immigration officer at the Port of Entry. 

Visit Visa Application

A visitor Visa requires the applicant to be in good health to sustain international travel with to access adequate funds to support the stay in Canada besides the to-and-fro journey. The applicant should submit proof of funds in the form of bank statements. The visitor should convince the visa officer about their intent to return by providing proof of ties with the country of citizenship. Visitor visa applicants should not be criminally inadmissible to Canada. They should provide a police clearance certificate to establish that they are law-abiding citizens. 

Besides, passport, personal ID proofs, and other important travel documents, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applicant must provide documentary evidence to prove:

  • Ties with home country
  • Availability of funds to support Canada visit and return journey
  • Invitation from a friend or relative as applicable 
  • Concrete plans to return
  • Clear police record
  • Travel itinerary

These are a few documents to support proof of funds:

  • Letter of employment
  • Salary proof
  • Bank statements
  • Business registration 
  • Partnership agreement
  • Property documents
  • Shares, fixed deposits, and other investments
  • Tax returns for the last three years

The applicant for Temporary Resident Visa should submit a cover letter explaining why the Canadian government should approve your visa application.

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Canada allows Temporary Resident Visa applicants to submit a paper application at the nearest Visa Application Center or online method to submit a digital application. Biometric information such as fingerprints may be necessary along with personal ID proofs while applying for a Temporary Resident Visa.

These are a few steps to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa for traveling to Canada on a short visit:

  1. Get the paper visa application or download one from the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) website.
  2. Fill out all details carefully and enclose the necessary documents
  3. Apply online or at the local Visa Application Center (VAC) by paying application fees
  4. Provide biometrics at the visa office
  5. The immigration authority may accept or reject the application after assessing documents and completing background checks.

The standard processing time for Temporary Resident Visa application is thirty days. One may require to submit more proofs and documents during the application review process.

Hiring a reputed immigration consultant is crucial for hassle-free visitor visa approval. Royal Citizen Immigration has vast experience in determining the most effective immigration strategy to build a strong case for getting a Temporary Resident Visa.

Our dedicated immigration consultant will guide you in presenting your visa application to avoid the personal interview. They will provide in-depth guidance on filling out the application form and arranging various documents. We ensure a thorough review of your application and documents to boost your Temporary Visa application process. Talk to our expert to ensure successful immigration to Canada.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, a Temporary Resident Visa holder can stay in Canada for up to six months. The immigration officers at the Port of Entry will decide on the stay duration by putting the date to leave Canada.

A valid passport, ties with the home country, financial support, criminal admissibility, and sound health are the basic requirements of a Visitor Visa to Canada.

The individual should be in Canada with a valid visitor visa while applying for the visa extension and have a valid passport covering the duration of stay. No other permits, including work or study permits, should interfere with the visitor visa. The visitor visa holder should pay the Form IMM 5708 fees.

A visitor visa is of two types. Multiple entry visitor visas allow the visa holders to visit Canada multiple times till the validity. A single-entry visit visa does not allow the visa holder to return to Canada.

Canada allows visitor visa holders with a job offer to apply for a work permit in Canada. The facility will be in force until February 28, 2025.  

Citizens of India require a visit visa to visit Canada because India is not a visa-exempt country.

A medical examination is not mandatory if the visa holder plans to stay in Canada for less than six months.

An invitation and a sponsorship letter accepting the responsibility of providing accommodation by a person in Canada to a friend or relative will facilitate the process of their visit visa to Canada.

No. A letter of invitation is not mandatory to get a visitor visa as one can get the visa by fulfilling all eligibility criteria and submitting the travel itinerary.  

The application fee for getting a Canada Visit Visa is CAD$100.

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