Temporary Resident Visa for Canada
Citizens of most countries who are not permanent residents of Canada require a visa to visit Canada even for a short time, as well as to transit (layover / change planes) inside Canada. If you fall into this category you must apply for a visa prior to your arrival in Canada or you will not be allowed to enter the country – this visa cannot be obtained upon arrival in Canada. If you are exempt from a visa, you still need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
If you want to visit Canada on holiday, visit relatives, conduct business, or travel to Canada for any other reason you must apply for what is called a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). This document is issued at the Canadian embassy nearest you and is placed in your passport before you travel. This visa shows the border officer that you have met the requirements to be a temporary resident of Canada as a visitor, student, or worker.
If you have a criminal record or some other issue that may cause you to be inadmissible to Canada, you may need to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) to enter Canada.
Please note that you are not guaranteed entry into Canada even if you have been granted a visa – your entry into Canada is determined by the official at the port of entry.
To discuss how you can get a visa to visit Canada, contact us for a consultation. We can determine whether or not you are eligible to apply for a visitor visa as well as advise you how you can prove you meet the requirements. Certain supporting documents are frequently used to demonstrate to the immigration officer that you should be granted a visa.
Immigroup will assist you throughout the entire application process from start to finish, including:
- Determining whether or not you are eligible to apply;
- Determining the likelihood of success for your visa application;
- Ensuring your forms or online application are complete and accurately reflect the details of your situation for maximum chance of success;
- Ensuring you have the necessary and appropriate documents to support your vis application and prove that you are not trying to immigrate to Canada;
- Providing guidance on how best to submit your application to the the right visa office or VAC, depending on your circumstances and location;
- Advising you of the rights and privileges a temporary resident permit affords you as well as what you can't do;
- Offering Top Priority service for extremely urgent cases, such as a death in the family;
- Determining the best way to proceed once the outcome of your application is reached (applying for permanent residence, renewing the visitor visa, re-application if necessary, etc.)
Contact us for a consultation to assist you with a visitor visa application.
If your temporary resident visa application will be submitted from outside Canada, the processing time for your visa application depends on the location of the office where you submit the application.
Processing times can range between 3 to 140 days on average, depending upon location and time of year though many visa offices process their applications in under one month’s time. For a complete list of visa offices and processing times, please refer to the following table.
Application timelines below are based on the processing time for a complete application. All timelines are averages and are subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that your application will be processed within the average length of time as approval is at the officer’s discretion.
If your application was submitted within Canada, the average processing time is 7-11 days.
Processing Time by Country of Residence as of November 2016
If you are a citizen of a country or territory marked in green, you do not normally need a visa, but need an eTA if entering Canada by air. (American citizens are normally exempt from both requirements.)
|Antigua and Barbuda||18||Equatorial Guinea||18||Malaysia||19||Slovenia||18|
|Australia||16||Fiji||23||Marshall Islands||N/A||South Korea||25|
|Bahrain||101||Gambia||13||Mexico||6||St. Kitts and Nevis||11|
|Barbados||10||Germany||7||Moldova||11||St. Vincent and the Grenadines||9|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||21||Holy See (Vatican City)||N/A||Netherlands||6||Tajikistan||17|
|Brazil||12||Hong Kong||7||New Zealand||19||Thailand||12|
|British Virgin Islands||N/A||Hungary||18||Nicaragua||12||Timor-Leste||18|
|Burkina Faso||14||Indonesia||4||North Korea||18||Trinidad and Tobago||7|
|Cameroon||15||Israel||5||Palestinian Authority (Gaza)||114||Turks and Caicos||44|
|Cape Verde||18||Italy||6||Palestiniana Authority (West Bank)||114||Tuvalu||N/A|
|Central African Republic||18||Japan||22||Papua New Guinea||18||Ukraine||6|
|Chad||14||Jordan||13||Paraguay||4||United Arab Emirates||30|
|China||11||Kenya||5||Philippines||20||United States of America||20|
|Comoros||18||Kosovo||7||Portugal||10||US Virgin Islands||N/A|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the||27||Kuwait||31||Puerto Rico||18||Uzbekistan||8|
|Congo, Republic of the||15||Kyrgyzstan||8||Qatar||88||Vanuatu||18|
|Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)||14||Latvia||18||Russsia||9||Vietnam||32|
|Czech Republic||13||Libya||100||Sao Tome and Principe||18|
Costs of this Process
Our fees for temporary visitor visa applications are determined on a case-by-case basis, but Immigroup service fees usually range from around $750 for the simplest visitor visa application to around $2000 for extremely complicated matters. Top Priority service for clients who need to travel to Canada urgently carries additional costs. Please note that there is a minimum cancellation fee once work has begun on a file.
If you do not know where you stand, whether you are eligible to enter Canada, or how to proceed contact us for assistance.
In addition to the legal fees paid to a consultant or lawyer to assist you with apply for a Canadian visitor visa, the applicant must also pay a fee to the Canadian government for filing their application, whether or not it's successful. Please see below:
- Temporary Resident Visa SINGLE ENTRY: $75 per person
- Temporary Resident Visa MULTIPLE ENTRY: $150 per person
- Temporary Resident Visa FAMILY: $400
- Transit Visa: no cost
Government application fees are subject to change at any time without notice and are not refundable from CIC regardless of whether or not the application is approved.