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WHAT IS  A VISITOR VISA OR A TEMPORARY RESIDENT VISA (TRV)?

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A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), also referred to as a visitor visa, is an official document issued by a Canadian visa office that is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident. 

The requirement for a visa also applies to temporary residents who are transiting in Canada. If you do not require a visa to enter Canada, you may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

WHO CAN APPLY?

Those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and are legally authorized to enter Canada, such as :

Travel

Those visiting Canada on holiday (vacation).

Family

Those visiting their

family.

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Those conducting

business.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY RESIDENT VISA IN CANADA?

You must show the officer that you meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and that you will be in Canada for a temporary stay.

You must also:

  • satisfy an officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay,

  • show that you have enough money to maintain yourself and your family members in Canada and to return home,

  • not intend to work or study in Canada unless authorized to do so,

  • be law abiding and have no record of criminal activity,

  • not be a risk to the security of Canada,

  • provide any additional document requested by the officer to establish your admissibility, and

  • be in good health (complete a medical examination if required).

INFORMATION ABOUT MULTIPLE-ENTRY SUPER VISA

To apply for a super visa, you must either be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

 

You cannot include your dependent children in this application. If your spouse or common-law partner want to come with you, they need to also submit an application.

The multiple-entry super visa allows parents and grandparents to

  • enter Canada multiple times

  • stay in Canada for a period of up to 2 years on each entry

WHAT IS AN ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION (ETA)?

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport. It is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.  If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA.

With a valid eTA, you can travel to Canada as often as you want for short stays (normally for up to six months at a time). You do not need an eTA for travel within Canada.

An eTA doesn’t guarantee entry to Canada. When you arrive, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and other documents – for example, a U.S. Green Card. You must convince the officer that you are eligible for entry into Canada.

Before a traveler coming from a visa exempt country boards an airplane, an eTA is required including those going through Canada. The eTA is very similar to the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) in the US. The eTA is valid up to 5 years or when your visa expires, whichever comes first.

Other visa exempt countries include:

  • United Kingdom

  • Australia

  • France

  • Japan

  • Chile

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