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What’s the difference between a visitor visa and a visitor record?

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A visitor visa (also known as a temporary resident visa) is an official document citizens from visa-required countries need to get to travel to and enter Canada as a visitor for up to 6 months.

  • It shows that you meet the requirements to enter Canada.
  • The date is not an expiry date for your stay in Canada.
  • If you apply for a study or work permit for the first time , you’ll automatically get a visitor visa when we approve your application.

A visitor record is a document that a border services officer may issue to you to extend or restrict your stay in Canada. If you want to stay in Canada for more than 6 months, you have to tell the border services officer.

You may also get a visitor record after we approve your application to extend your stay or restore your status. A visitor record is issued either by the Canada Border Services Agency or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

  • you first arrive at the port of entry and you know you want to stay longer than 6 months; or
  • You must apply at least 30 days before your authorized stay in Canada expires.
  • It’s an independent document (not placed in your passport).
  • That’s the date by which you must leave Canada.

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Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens , and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

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“Visitor Visa vs. eTA: Which is Right for You?”

Canada, with its stunning natural landscapes and vibrant cities, is a popular destination for travelers worldwide. However, before embarking on your Canadian adventure, you’ll need to determine which entry document is right for you: a Visitor Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Each option serves a specific purpose, and understanding the differences is essential for a seamless travel experience.

Visitor Visa: The Traditional Entry Document

A Visitor Visa , often referred to as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), is a physical sticker placed in your passport. It grants you permission to enter Canada for a temporary visit, including tourism, family visits, and business trips. Here are some key points to consider when evaluating if a Visitor Visa is right for you:

1. Eligibility: Visitor Visas are typically required for travelers from countries that are not visa-exempt. If your home country is on the list of visa-exempt countries, you may not need a Visitor Visa.

2. Application Process: Obtaining a Visitor Visa involves submitting a comprehensive application, including supporting documents, at a Canadian embassy, consulate, or Visa Application Centre (VAC) in your home country. You may also be required to attend an interview.

3. Physical Sticker: If approved, you will receive a physical sticker in your passport, which indicates the validity period and conditions of your visit.

4. Duration: Visitor Visas are typically issued for single or multiple entries and are valid for up to six months. The specific duration depends on the discretion of the Canadian immigration authorities.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA): The Modern Convenience

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) , on the other hand, is an electronically stored entry authorization linked to your passport. It is designed for travelers from visa-exempt countries who plan to visit Canada temporarily for tourism, business, or transit purposes. Here’s why an eTA might be the right choice for you:

1. Eligibility: Citizens of countries on Canada’s visa-exempt list can apply for an eTA. This list includes countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and many European nations.

2. Application Process: Applying for an eTA is a streamlined online process, making it convenient and faster than a Visitor Visa application. You’ll need to provide basic personal information, passport details, and travel plans.

3. Electronic Authorization: Once approved, your eTA is electronically linked to your passport. You won’t receive a physical sticker or document.

4. Duration: An eTA is generally valid for up to five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. During this period, you can make multiple trips to Canada, each lasting up to six months.

Choosing the Right Entry Document: Factors to Consider

Now that you understand the basics of each entry document, how do you decide which one is right for you? Consider the following factors:

1. Nationality: If your country of citizenship is on Canada’s visa-exempt list, applying for an eTA is often the more convenient and cost-effective choice.

2. Purpose of Visit: Determine the primary purpose of your visit to Canada. If it aligns with tourism, family visits, or business meetings, either a Visitor Visa or an eTA may be suitable. However, if your visit involves productive work or a job offer, a work permit may be necessary.

3. Application Process: Evaluate your comfort level with the application process. eTA applications are submitted online and usually processed quickly, while Visitor Visa applications may involve more documentation and an in-person visit to a Canadian embassy or VAC.

4. Duration of Stay: Consider how long you plan to stay in Canada. Both Visitor Visas and eTAs allow for stays of up to six months per visit, but the duration of validity may differ.

5. Frequency of Travel: If you anticipate multiple trips to Canada within a five-year period, an eTA’s longer validity may be more convenient and cost-effective.

6. Specific Circumstances: Special circumstances, such as family reunification, may require a Visitor Visa. Consult the official website of the Government of Canada or seek advice from Canadian immigration authorities for personalized guidance.

In conclusion, the choice between a Visitor Visa and an eTA depends on your nationality, the purpose and duration of your visit, your comfort with the application process, and other specific circumstances. Both entry documents allow you to experience the wonders of Canada, but understanding the differences between them is essential to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

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Only citizens of certain countries require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada. A TRV is sometimes referred to as a “Visitor Visa” or “Entry Visa”.

You can remain in Canada, even if your TRV has expired, as long as you have a valid status document ( e.g. valid Study Permit, Work Permit, Visitor Record, or visitor stamp in your passport).

If you leave Canada, you may request to re-enter Canada if:

  • You have a valid TRV; or
  • Your TRV has expired and you have only visited the U.S. or St. Pierre and Miquelon and you have a valid status ( e.g. Study Permit, Work Permit, Visitor Record, or visitor stamp in passport).

You can check the estimated processing time for visitor visas here.

For tips on how to apply, please see our Entry Visa (TRV) application guide .

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In order to ensure that Immigration Authorities accept your transcript, we recommend that you only use the printed official transcript ordered through Service Point. You can request your official printed transcripts via  Service Point's dedicated webform .  For online applications, you may scan a PDF of the printed official transcript.

Applying for your TRV from within Canada

*IMPORTANT* To renew your TRV, you must complete form IMM 5257 ( Application for Visitor Visa ). Even if you apply for your TRV from inside Canada, on the online document checklist the form may be called the IMM 5257 Application for Visitor Visa from Outside Canada.

If you apply to extend your Study Permit from within Canada, you must apply separately for your TRV after you obtain your new Study Permit. In other words, a TRV will not be automatically issued with your Study Permit.

You can apply for your new TRV online .  

Once you fill out the online portion of the TRV application, you will receive instructions from Immigration Canada indicating how and where to mail your passport. Always use a mail delivery service that provides a tracking number , like Xpress Post Canada, and include a pre-paid envelope so that Immigration Canada can quickly and securely return your passport.

Step-by-step guide for inside Canada TRV applications

Before you renew your TRV , ensure that you have a valid passport, CAQ and Study Permit. Your new entry visa (TRV) will not be valid beyond the expiry of your Study Permit or passport, whichever one expires first.

  • Log into your online account with Immigration Canada (or register for an account)
  • Once you are signed in, select “Visitor visa, study and/or work permit” to continue
  • Complete the online questionnaire

When asked for your current country of residence , be sure to indicate “ Canada ”.

Midway through the questionnaire, you will have the option to extend your Study Permit or apply for a Temporary Resident Visa. Select the option to apply for a “Temporary Resident Visa” .

When asked “Which of the following best describes your situation?”, select “I have a study permit for a specific institution or level of education” .

4.       Record your personal reference code (this code is generated for you after you complete the online questionnaire)

5.       Enter your personal reference code in your online account

6.       Once you have entered your personal reference code, follow the instructions to complete your application

7.       Complete, validate, save, and upload the Application for Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) form (IMM 5257, in PDF format)

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9.       After you submit your payment, you will receive a confirmation notice from Immigration Canada confirming that your application was submitted.

10.   Once your application is approved, Immigration Canada will let you know how and where to submit your passport so that the TRV (counterfoil) can be affixed to your passport.

Applying for your new TRV from outside of Canada

If you apply for your new Study Permit from outside of Canada, a TRV will be automatically issued to you. You will receive instructions indicating how and where to mail your passport so that the TRV counterfoil can be affixed to your passport.

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A Canadian visitor visa is a great way to visit Canada for a short stay. There are different types of visas available depending on the purpose of your visit, such as a tourist visa, business visa, transit visa or super visa. To be eligible, you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay and that you will leave Canada when your authorized period ends.

Canada welcomes more than 35 million temporary residents (non-immigrants) each year. Visitors are persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and are legally authorized to enter Canada to:

  Visit Canada on holiday (vacation), Visit Family, Conduct Business, etc.   Visitors are restricted in length of stay and subject to various conditions.

Who Needs a Visitor Visa?

Most travelers 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.

What is aeTA (Electronic Travel Authorization)?

As of March 15, 2016, all travelers with passports from countries that are visa-exempt who enter Canada by air will need an eTA. The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

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Canada Visitor Visa requirements

The following are the basic requirements for a Canada’s visitor visa:

  have a valid travel document -passport   have a clean record – no criminal or immigration related convictions   prove that you have enough money for your stay in Canada – depending on the length of your stay   prove you have ties back home, for example: a job, property, other assets, family members   satisfy the officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit

How Long Can a Visitor Stay In Canada

Most visitors are allowed a six-month stay from the day they entered Canada. If the officer authorizes a stay of less than six months, they will indicate in your passport the date by which you must leave Canada. If you want to stay longer than your authorized stay, you should apply for an extension at least 30 days before the authorized end of your stay.

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The Canadian Visitor Visa application May seem straightforward and some applicants attempt to do the application themselves. The TRV applications have higher chance of refusal if the application is not prepared properly. One of the most common reason for TRV refusal is where the applicant did not fill out the form correctly. Therefore, it is highly recommended to hire an immigration professional who can help you prepare the paperwork. With many years of extensive experience and helping thousands of clients we are certain that we can help you fulfil your dream.

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Not paying close attention to the details of your Canadian visa can lead to severe issues. As you prepare to live in a new country, it’s your responsibility to understand all the information to ensure a smooth transition. Comprehending each detail mentioned on your Canadian visa is crucial.

Many people overlook the visa number on their visa, not realizing its importance. However, once you understand its significance, you’ll appreciate the necessity of this identifier. It’s worth noting that there are different types of visas , such as B-1, C-1, S-1, D-1, F-1, SX-1, etc., and the format of these visas can vary slightly. As a result, the position of the visa number on the visa can also differ.

This article provides a comprehensive guide for those seeking to understand the visa number, including its location and importance.

Locating the Canada Visa Number on a Passport

One of the most frequent questions asked by visa holders is: “Where can I find the Canada Visa Number on my passport?” The visa number is typically displayed on the visa sticker or stamp affixed to the passport pages. Here’s how to locate it:

  • Visa Sticker or Stamp : The Canada visa number is generally found at the bottom of the visa sticker or stamp on your passport.
  • Labeling : It may be labeled as “Visa Number,” “Document Number,” or simply “Number.”
  • Format : The Canada visa number is usually a combination of letters and numbers, with the first character often indicating the purpose of the visa, such as “F” for study permits, “U” for work permits, or “C” for visitor records.

It’s worth noting that the location of the visa number may vary slightly depending on the type of visa and the specific passport design. If you’re having difficulty locating it, it’s advisable to consult the official website of the Canadian government or contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for assistance.

Interpreting the Canada Visa Number

The Canada visa number is more than just a random set of characters; it provides valuable information about your visa and the purpose of entering Canada. Here’s what the different components of the visa number indicate:

Uniqueness:

Every Canada visa number is unique, meaning no two visas share the same number. This ensures proper identification and tracking of visa holders.

Purpose of Entry:

The first character in the visa number often signifies the reason for your entry into Canada. For example, “F” typically indicates a study permit, “U” a work permit, and “C” a visitor record.

Verification:

The Canada visa number confirms that your visa is genuine and issued by the Canadian government. You can verify the authenticity of your document by matching the number on your visa with the one listed on the official Canadian government website or your online application profile .

Expiration Date:

Some visa numbers may include a component that indicates the visa’s expiration date or validity period, helping you track when it needs to be renewed or extended.

Visa Category:

Certain visa numbers may contain characters or digits specifying the category or subcategory of the visa, such as temporary resident visas, permanent resident visas, or specific types of work or study permits.

Verifying the Authenticity of Your Canada Visa

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A critical aspect of the Canada visa number is its ability to help you verify the authenticity of your visa. The Canadian government takes visa fraud seriously, and confirming your visa is genuine is crucial for a smooth entry process. Here’s how you can use the Canada Visa Number to verify the originality of your Canada visa:

If you applied for your Canada visa online, you would have received a GCKey ID and password to log in to your profile on the official Canadian government website . Once logged in, follow these steps:

  • Click on the “View my submitted application and profile” button.
  • Select “Check status and messages.”
  • On the status page, locate the Canada visa number listed for your application.
  • Compare this number with the one printed on the visa sticker or stamp in your passport.

If the Canada visa number on your visa matches the one listed on your online profile, you can be assured that your visa is authentic and issued by the Canadian government.

In the rare event of a mismatch, it’s advisable to promptly contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for further assistance and verification.

The Importance of the Canada Visa Number

While the Canada Visa Number may seem like a minor detail, its significance should not be overlooked. Here’s why it is important:

Identification:

The unique Canada visa number is a crucial identifier, allowing authorities to quickly and accurately verify your visa status and the purpose for entering Canada.

Fraud Prevention:

The Canadian government aims to prevent visa fraud and protect the integrity of its immigration system by ensuring each visa has a unique number and providing a means of verification.

Travel Facilitation:

Having the correct Canada visa number on your passport can streamline your travel experience. It helps immigration officials swiftly confirm your visa status and expedite your entry into the country.

Record-Keeping:

This unique identifier permits the government to properly maintain visa holders’ records, enabling efficient tracking and data management related to immigration.

Visa Renewal/Extension:

When it comes time to renew or extend your visa, providing this number allows authorities to easily access your previous visa history, ensuring a seamless transition process.

Communication:

This number is a reference point for any correspondence or discussions with immigration officials regarding your visa status or application details.

Security Screening:

Immigration officers may use this number during security checks to flag any potential risks or issues tied to a visa holder.

Data Analysis:

By analyzing patterns and trends across these numbers, the government can better understand immigration movements and make informed policy choices accordingly.

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As an individual navigating the Canadian visa process, it’s crucial to grasp the significance of the Canada visa number. This unique identifier is key in facilitating a smooth and secure travel experience, from locating it on your passport to comprehending what it represents. What may seem like a mere number holds huge importance – without it on your Canada visa, your dream of entering the country could be shattered.

Contact us now for comprehensive information and guidance!

Question No 1

Q: What is the Canadian Visa Number?

A: The Canadian government issues this unique identifier on visas. It contains key details about an individual’s visa and the reason for entering Canada.

Question No 2

Q: Can two Canadian Visas have the same Visa Number?

A: No, each visa is assigned a unique number to ensure proper identification and tracking of visa holders.

Question No 3

Q: What does the first character in the Canadian Visa Number indicate?

A: The initial character often denotes the purpose of entry, such as “F” for study permits, “U” for work permits, and “C” for visitor visas.

Question No 4

Q: What should I do if my Canadian Visa Number is missing?

A: If the visa number is absent, it’s advisable to promptly contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for further guidance and verification.

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Category codes on a Canadian visa counterfoil – GCMS and CAPIS codes on visa stickers

If you are from a visa-required country , then you need a visa counterfoil to travel to Canada. Of course,  you are exempt if you are a dual citizen of Canada or a permanent resident . Otherwise, you need a visa even when you travel to Canada to work or study . Have you ever wondered what the category codes on a Canadian visa counterfoil are? For example, what is the difference between S-1 and SX-1? Let’s find out.

What is a visa counterfoil?

When do i receive a visa counterfoil, category codes on a canadian visa counterfoil and their meaning, ask your questions.

If an immigration officer approves your travel to Canada, they affix a special sticker to one of your passport pages. IRCC calls these stickers visa counterfoil. The following altered image shows a sample visa counterfoil.

Category codes and other elements of a Canadian visa counterfoil

A visa counterfoil has many elements. Most of them are easy to understand. However, the category codes on Canadian visa counterfoils could be confusing.

Unless you are from a visa-exempt country , you could receive a counterfoil for any of the following reasons:

  • Temporary Resident Visa ( TRV ), such as a visa for tourism, working without a permit or as a business visitor
  • Studying in Canada: You need a study permit to remain in Canada and study. However, a visa counterfoil is necessary for travelling to Canada.
  • Work permit in Canada: Unless exempt from a work permit , you need a work permit to work in Canada. Nonetheless, to travel, you need a visa counterfoil.
  • Temporary Resident Permit ( TRP ) for people who are inadmissible to Canada
  • PR Travel Document: If you have lost your PR card or hold an expired one, you need a PR Travel Document to go back to Canada. Consequently, the officer affixes a visa counterfoil to your passport upon approval. Of course, the counterfoil is nothing but the PR Travel Document.
  • Permanent Resident Visa: This single-entry visa allows you to travel to Canada to become a permanent resident . Of course, you also need to hold a COPR .
  • Sometimes you lose your permanent resident status because of the decision of an officer. However, you decide to appeal the decision. Consequently, IRCC may allow you to travel to Canada to attend your hearing . They mostly do this if you have been in Canada in the past 365 days. Thus, the officer issues a single-entry visa counterfoil to facilitate your travel.
  • For most diplomatic and similar missions, you need a visa counterfoil.

There could be other circumstances where you need a visa counterfoil. However, if you do not hold a valid passport, the officer may issue you a Single Journey Travel Document .

The following table shows the existing category codes and their meaning.

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Canada welcomes millions of international tourists every year, as well as thousands of immigrants through various long-running immigration programs. A Canada visa is a sticker affixed to your passport and allows a foreign citizen to visit or live in Canada for various purposes. If you want to immigrate to Canada or want to visit Canada, you must know about the Canada visa application process.

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Who Needs a Canadian Visa?

Foreign citizens from many countries do not need a Canada visa for short stays. They can, instead apply for an Electronic Travel authorization (eTA) for Canada if entering the country by air.

If your country is not part of the list of countries covered by the eTA, you must apply for a visa to visit Canada. To be able to visit Canada, foreign citizens must have either a valid Canada visa or a valid eTA.

What’s a Canada eTA?

Citizens of 60 countries can enter Canada without a visa for tourism or transit or business. Starting from 2015, this is a mandatory requirement for citizens of visa-exempt countries to enter Canada. Canada started the eTA travel authorization for Canada to screen the travellers from visa exempt countries. 

What Does a Canadian Visa look like?

A Canadian visa is a sticker on the passport and has a distinct look.

A Canada visa for Indian citizen from Canadian consulate in Bangalore.

Canada Visa Application

The Canada visa application process is done through a centralized online portal. Depending on the type of Canada visa, the amount of documents that you need to submit and the processing time will greatly vary.

Any Canada visa application involves 7 steps.

1. Find Out if You Are Eligible for a Canada Visa.

You can visit the “Immigration and Citizenship” section of the official Canada visa portal to choose the kind of visa that fits your purpose. Based on the purpose of your visit, you can choose the appropriate visa.

2. Create Your Online Account.

Once you are sure about the visa, the next step is to create an online account where you need to provide the bank account details, that you will use to pay for the visa.

3. Fill in the Mandatory Details

You need to fill in different personal details such as passport, name, age etc. After this, save the application.

4. Download the Canada Visa Application form and Sign and Upload

Once you are done with filling in all the details, download the application and sign it electronically, and upload it again.

5. Pay the Canada Visa Fee

Once you submit all the necessary documents as per your visa, you will be forwarded to the payment page where you can pay for the visa fees depending on the Canada visa type you need. The application is submitted only after the payment.

6. Wait While your Canadian Visa is being Processed

Depending on the country where you live and the visa type, your visa processing time could vary. Generally it would take two or more weeks. Also, based on different factors, you might be asked to submit more documents and called for an interview and then submit your biometrics. In that case, you need to visit a Canadian mission in person.

7. On Approval, Mail Your Passport (dropbox or in-person)

If your Canada visa application is approved, you will receive a notification about the same. After this you can mail your passport to the Canadian mission in your country or use the dropbox facility at the Visa Application Center VAC .

Types of Canada Visa

There are many types of Canada visas. We can divide them to six main categories.

Canadian Temporary Visa

For foreigners who want to come to Canada for tourism or study or to work, there are different types of Canadian Temporary Visas that you can choose from. A temporary visa can be a single-entry or multiple-entry visa that allows you to be in Canada for a limited period of time.

  • Single-entry temporary visa Allows a foreigner to only enter Canada once, stay for 6 months and then return to their home country.
  • Multiple-entry temporary visa Allows the foreigner to enter Canada multiple times until their visa expires.

1. Canada Visitor Visa

A  Visitor or Tourist Visa for Canada is a temporary resident visa allows the foreigner to enter Canada for tourism. You can apply for a visitor visa online or on paper.

2. Canada Business Visa

Foreign nationals who want to visit Canada for business purposes can get Canada business visa. This is for people who want to visit Canada temporarily to grow their business or make connections without being a part of the Canadian labor market.

3. Canada Transit visa

A foreign national whose country needs a visa to enter Canada needs a Transit Visa if the international flight stops in Canada on its way to another country and the transit time is less than 48 hours and if he/she does not have a valid visitor visa for Canada.

4. Diplomatic and Official Visa

The Diplomatic and Official visa is for officials and diplomats from foreign countries who want to come to Canada to fulfill their official duties.

5. Canada Super Visa

The Canadian Super Visa is a temporary resident visa that is available for parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents. They can visit their children or grandchildren for an extended stay using this visa, for up to 2 years at a time. Canada Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period of up to 10 years.

6. Courtesy Visa

Foreign nationals who are not entitled to diplomatic immunity and thus cannot get a diplomatic officer visa can get a Courtesy visa if they are considered of sufficient importance. They can be members of a trade mission coming to Canada or people of diplomatic rank coming for tourism or member of IATA.

7. Canada Facilitation Visa

Canadian citizens with dual nationalities who do not have a Canadian passport due to extreme difficulties of getting a one can apply fo a facilitation Visa. The facilitation visa is stamped on the person’s other passport.

8. Canada Birth Visa

It’s a temporary resident visa given to pregnant women who want to stay in Canada and give birth while inside. Since Canada has birthright citizenship laws, giving birth in Canada makes the baby automatically a Canadian citizen.

9. Intending Organ Donors Visa

This visa is given to a foreign national who is traveling to Canada to donate an organ to a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.

10. Canada Student Visa

Foreign nationals who want to finish their studies in Canada should get a Canadian student visa if the course duration is more than 6 months. If it’s less than 6 months, a temporary resident visa will suffice.

11. Canada Temporary Work Visa

Foreign nationals who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer can opt for a temporary work visa in case the contract duration is for less than 6 months.

12. Temporary Residence Permit

A temporary resident permit is issued to foreigners who need to be in Canada for different purposes but are not admissible for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). This permit can be issued for the length of time the person needs to be in Canada, rather than for a fixed duration.

13. Working Holiday Visa

Foreign nationals of 30 countries can get a Canada Working Holiday Visa, to travel and work in Canada. The applicants are picked randomly for this visa.

Canada Express Entry Visas

1. federal skilled trades program (fstp).

It’s given to foreign nationals who are qualified tradespeople in various occupations, for example, crane operators, aircraft mechanics, carpenters, welders, etc.

2. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Foreign nationals whose professions are in demand in Canada, can apply for a FSWP visa. It is given on the basis of various factors like language proficiency, experience, age and educational qualification.

3. Canadian Experience Class

Foreign nationals who have a temporary student visa or a temporary workers visa, can opt for this visa to become permanent residents.  

4. Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP)

Foreign nationals who are semi-skilled or low-skilled workers can apply through the PNP program that would allow them to work and settle in different provinces in Canada.

Permanent Canada Visas

Foreign nationals who want to settles down in Canada permanently, can opt for one of the permanent Canada visas or immigrant visas.

1. Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)

Foreign nationals who are qualified to take care for children, elderly or disabled people in private homes for at least 30 hours a week, can apply for a LCP visa. The Canada LCP visa requires proper work experience, proficiency in English or French, and a high school diploma.

2. Family-Sponsorship Program

Canadian permanent residents are allowed to sponsor their spouse, dependent children, Common-law Partner, Conjugal partner, parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, grandchildren under the family sponsorship program for them to immigrate to Canada permanently.

3. Canada Startup Visa

The Canada Startup Visa is for immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale.

It needs the foreign national to

  • have a net worth of at least CAD$300,000.
  • commit to owning and managing at least one third of a Canadian business.
  • create and maintain employment for Canadians within 3 years of being in the country.

4. Self-employed Persons Visa

Foreign nationals can immigrate with a Canada self-employed visa if they

  • have relevant experience in sports, or cultural activities.
  • are willing and able to contribute significantly to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.

5. Immigrant Investor Program

Canada Immigrant Investor Program is a permanent visa for foreigners who can invest in Canadian economy. To get this visa, they

  • have a net worth of at least CAD$800,000.
  • must invest at least CAD$400,000.

6. Quebec-Selected Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). 

Quebec is a Canadian province which has its own skilled worker program for foreigners who want to move and work in Quebec permanently. For this, you have to be fluent in French and have one of the professions which are in demand there.

7. Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Under this program, employers can hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate. 

8. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in rural communities can immigrate to Canada under this pilot program.

9. Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Experienced workers and labours in agri-food sector, can immigrate to Canada under this program, to help in particularly in year – round mushroom and greenhouse crop production, meat processing and livestock raising industries

What to Do if Your Canada Visa is Denied?

Your Canada visa can be rejected for

  • Having a criminal record.
  • Not providing proper and accurate supporting documents or falsifying them.
  • Falsifying your financial resources to finance your travel to and stay in Canada.
  • Applying for a visa whose purpose doesn’t coincide with your purpose.

If your Canada visa application is rejected, there is no process to appeal it. You can re-apply right away. But you should reapply, only if you can include information that you didn’t include before, something, that may help you get a Canada visa approval.

However you can not reapply, if your decision letter says you can’t.

How Can I Extend my Stay in Canada?

It’s possible to extend your Canada visitor visa if you are already inside Canada. However, you must apply to extend your Canada visitor visa at least 80 days before it expires. The visa extension for the Canada visitor visa is called a Canada Visitor Record .

Similarly if you want to study in Canada longer, you need to extend your study permit. For the same, you can apply to extend the permit more than 30 days before it expires .

Overstaying Your Canada Visa?

When it comes to overstay in Canada, there are two scenarios.

Overstay less than 90 days

In this case, you have the option to restore your visitor status by applying for a Visitor Record.

Overstay more than 90 days

In this scenario, you cannot apply to restore your status. You have to leave Canada if you are caught and you may not be able to get another Canada visa in future.

The bottomline is that no one should try to overstay in Canada. If you are planning to stay for longer than your visa allows, apply for an extension.

Do I need a Canadian visa if I have a United States visa?

Permanent citizens living in the United States can apply for an ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization to go to Canada. They must also present their Green Card and a valid passport. 

What is CAN+ Expedited Visa for Indians?

First of all, CAN+ is not a visa. It’s an expedited program for tourist visa applicants from India. This program is for applicants with Indian passports who have traveled to the United States or Canada within the last 10 years. This program expedites your application process (2-5 days) and the applicants don’t have to submit additional documents usually.

Are Biometrics Needed for my Canada Visa Application?

Irrespective of the type of visa you are applying for, you need to provide your biometrics at a Canadian Visa Application center by paying a fee. The Canadian diplomatic mission would send you a letter informing you of when you have to give your biometrics.

What is Canada Visa Lottery Portal or Canada Visa Lottery Program ?

Canada does not have a Canadian Visa Lottery or a program where immigrants can be picked up through a lottery system. There is no Canada visa lottery portal. Any website that advertises Canada Immigration Lottery Program is basically spreading false information.

The only reason this confusion might occur is that Canada conducts an Express Entry Draw with a minimum Comprehensive Score which can change for every draw. The CRS score for Canada Express entry might change for every draw, but this is no way a lottery.

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Vinil Dontha

I have applied for study permit extension I got the extension,but my passport is not stamped for multiple entry I applied for it 3 weeks ago but I didn’t any update till date.i need to go my home country urgently can anyone please please help in suggesting how to get multiple entry visa sticker on passport  

After you get the study permit you need to apply for TRV extension, these are two different things.  

bongoman said: After you get the study permit you need to apply for TRV extension, these are two different things. Click to expand...

Then you can only wait there is nothing else to do, you can also leave and risk not being able to come back until you get it.  

After getting approval can I submit my passport in india for visa sticker  

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I got work permit from visitor visa But my visitor visa is expired in November I am planing to visit my home country in December Do I need sticker for multiple entry ?? What is process for that  

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    5. You travel to Canada (if you're approved) Make sure you travel with the documents we gave you. This includes travel documents like a visitor visa, study or work permits or an eTA (electronically linked to your passport). Airline staff and border service officers at ports of entry will ask to see your travel documents.

  2. Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada

    You need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. A visitor visa: is a sticker we put in your passport; costs CAN$100; Processing times vary by country. You may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab with your application. Processing time doesn't include the time you need to give biometrics.

  3. How to apply for a visitor visa

    To apply for a visitor visa to join a vessel as a marine crew member (seafarer), you must. be travelling to Canada to join a ship's crew. hold a seafarer's identity document. hold a valid passport or travel document. have proof of employment on a vessel at a Canadian port.

  4. After you apply for a visitor visa

    Processing your visitor visa application. We'll check your application to make sure you have all the documents you need. If it's incomplete, your application may be refused. We may also ask you to. go to an interview with our officials in your country. send more information. get a medical exam. get a police certificate.

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    Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada. At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they'll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document, called a visitor record, which will show the date you need to leave by.

  6. What's the difference between a visitor visa and a visitor record?

    A visitor visa (also known as a temporary resident visa) is an official document citizens from visa-required countries need to get to travel to and enter Canada as a visitor for up to 6 months. We stick the visitor visa in your passport. It shows that you meet the requirements to enter Canada. It includes the date by which you must arrive in ...

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    FSW. Feb 10, 2022. #1. I recently received my express entry visa (sticker on passport page). I was asked to enter my visa number on a form, but I'm confused. There are 3 numbers in my visa sticker: 1) Document number. 2) C.Rec number (same as my UCI number) 3) Vertical number in red on right side.

  16. Document Checklist: Temporary Resident Visa (Visitor

    How to use and submit this checklist. As you gather documents and complete forms, check the boxes beside each item. If you're submitting a paper application: When you put together your application package, place your documents and forms in the order shown on the checklist.; Place the completed checklist on top of your application package before mailing it.

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  19. I got a new passport but I have a valid visa in my old one. Can I use

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    After getting approval can I submit my passport in india for visa sticker . K. Kspatel45 Full Member. Jun 17, 2019 23 0. Jul 19, 2019 #6 I got work permit from visitor visa But my visitor visa is expired in November I am planing to visit my home country in December ... 1303 Greene Ave., Suite 200 | Westmount, Montreal, QC, Canada | H3Z 2A7 ...