There are many opportunities for people to visit Canada, such as for temporary work, to study, or just for vacation. Regardless of the purpose of visit, anyone who wants to enter Canada temporarily will likely a need visitor visa. Find out if you need a visitor visa by reading the list of exemptions below.
Keep in mind that even if you are successful at getting a visitor visa, you will still need to convince an immigration officer of your intentions at a Canadian port of entry. Niren & Associates has experienced immigration attorneys that can help you prepare your application for your visa, as well as prepare you for your interview at the border.
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A Visitor Visa Does Not Guarantee Admission to Canada
Although a visitor visa is usually necessary to be admitted into Canada, it is not the only requirement.
You will have to satisfy an immigration officer that:
- your trip will be temporary
- you have ties to your home country
- that you can support yourself financially while visiting
Our Legal Team Advices You On How To Successfully Enter Canada
Niren & Associates knows that it can be intimidating to answer questions when attempting to enter a new country. That’s why we offer advice on what to expect and what to say, to relieve the pressure and encourage approval.
Single-Entry or Multiple-Entry Visitor Visas: Which One is For You?
Depending on whether you are making one trip to Canada or you want to leave the country and return before your visa expires, there are two different types of visitor visas available:
- single-entry: you would only be permitted to enter Canada once, and you’d have to reapply for another visa if you wanted to re-enter (unless you are traveling to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon)
- multiple-entry: this type would allow you to leave and return to Canada while your visa is still valid
It would also be possible to extend your visitor visa status at a Canadian immigration office in Canada.
Visitor Visa Exemptions
Some people do not require a visa to visit Canada. These include:
- Citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and Zimbabwe;
- Persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (USA Green Card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence.
- British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom;
Citizens of British dependent territories who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands;
- Turkish citizens traveling on a diplomatic passport; and
- Persons holding passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See.
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Our team of experienced attorneys assists thousands and thousands of people to successfully enter Canada each year. Let us make your trip easier by helping you through the process for temporarily staying in Canada.