Visitor visas allow people to stay in Canada temporarily. For tourists, whether you are looking for nightlife in a large cosmopolitan city or vast natural park land, the country offers something for everyone! Visitor visas also allow people to connect with family who have immigrated to Canada.
VISAS ARE AVAILABLE UNDER THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:
- A single entry Canada Visitor Visa:
This allows you to visit Canada only once and is valid for a period of 6 months only.
- A Multiple Entry Canada Visitor Visa:
This allows you to enter and depart Canada on multiple occasions and is valid for up to 6 months, depending on the issuing case officer. You will need to specify how long you will require your Canadian Visitor Visa (not exceeding a six month period) and leave it to the case officer to decide if this is necessary.
- A Transit Canada Visitor Visa:
This visa was initially designed for those people entering Canada for a period of 48 hours or less. For example, if your method of transport has to stop in Canada and you are from a country that requires you to have a visa to visit Canada, you will require a Transit Visa.
The visa validity is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for six months, and multiple-entry visas are valid for longer periods. The validity date is the day by which you must enter, not leave, Canada. The officer at the Port of Entry will determine the length of stay allowed.
You are not permitted to work on any of the above Canadian Tourist Visa categories and some applicants may also need to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa in addition to the above if they come from certain countries.
Some basic things to consider before making an application for a Canada Tourist Visa are:
- Health issues (you may be required to undergo a medical examination)
- Funds to secure your stay
- You may need a letter of invitation from a friend of relative currently residing in Canada