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Getting a visa to visit Canada

Canada's visa policy

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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.


How we can help you visit Canada

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.


Processing Time

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.)

Country Processing Time
Country Processing Time
Country Processing Time
Country Processing Time
Afghanistan 54 Djibouti 6 Lithuania 18 Senegal 13
Albania 7 Dominica 7 Luxembourg 18 Serbia 6
Algeria 8 Dominican Republic 8 Macao 6 Seychelles 18
Andorra 18 Ecuador 17 Macedonia N/A Sierra Leone 81
Angola 31 Egypt 16 Madagascar 25 Singapore 20
Anguilla N/A El Salvador 9 Malawi 30 Slovakia 18
Antigua and Barbuda 18 Equatorial Guinea 18 Malaysia 19 Slovenia 18
Argentina 4 Eritrea 71 Maldives 18 Solomon Islands N/A
Armenia 8 Estonia 18 Mali 14 Somalia 18
Aruba 18 Ethiopia 7 Malta 18 South Africa 22
Australia 16 Fiji 23 Marshall Islands N/A South Korea 25
Austria 13 Finland 29 Martinique 18 South Sudan 18
Azerbaijan 7 France 13 Mauritania 17 Spain 16
Bahamas 18 Gabon 15 Mauritius 25 Sri Lanka 30
Bahrain 101 Gambia 13 Mexico 6 St. Kitts and Nevis 11
Bangladesh 18 Georgia 7 Micronesia 18 St. Lucia 11
Barbados 10 Germany 7 Moldova 11 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 9
Belarus 8 Ghana 80 Monaco 18 Sudan 102
Belgium 14 Greece 8 Mongolia 8 Suriname 11
Belize 4 Grenada 8 Montenegro 6 Swaziland 18
Benin 119 Guatemala 8 Morocco 17 Sweden 25
Bermuda 31 Guinea 14 Mozambique 31 Switzerland 19
Bhutan 18 Guinea-Bissau 18 Namibia 20 Syria 100
Bolivia 7 Guyana 10 Nauru N/A Tahiti N/A
Bonaire N/A Haiti 61 Nepal 28 Taiwan 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina 21 Holy See (Vatican City) N/A Netherlands 6 Tajikistan 17
Botswana 25 Honduras 11 New Caledonia 18 Tanzania 8
Brazil 12 Hong Kong 7 New Zealand 19 Thailand 12
British Virgin Islands N/A Hungary 18 Nicaragua 12 Timor-Leste 18
Brunei 18 Iceland 18 Niger 20 Togo 92
Bulgaria 5 India 27 Nigeria 96 Tonga N/A
Burkina Faso 14 Indonesia 4 North Korea 18 Trinidad and Tobago 7
Burma (Myanmar) 31 Iran 55 Norway 28 Tunisia 10
Burundi 10 Iraq 79 Oman 35 Turkey 4
Cambodia 21 Ireland 30 Pakistan 35 Turkmenistan 18
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
Cayman Islands 28 Jamaica 33 Panama 7 Uganda 12
Central African Republic 18 Japan 22 Papua New Guinea 18 Ukraine 6
Chad 14 Jordan 13 Paraguay 4 United Arab Emirates 30
Chile 5 Kazakhstan 7 Peru 6 United Kingdom 15
China 11 Kenya 5 Philippines 20 United States of America 20
Colombia 18 Kiribati N/A Poland 6 Uruguay 4
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
Costa Rica 10 Laos 21 Romania 6 Venezuela 9
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 14 Latvia 18 Russsia 9 Vietnam 32
Croatia 18 Lebanon 53 Rwanda 11 Yemen 18
Cuba 8 Lesotho 18 Samoa N/A Zambia 19
Cyprus 15 Liberia 92 San Marino N/A Zimbabwe 32
Czech Republic 13 Libya 100 Sao Tome and Principe 18    
Denmark 28 Liechtenstein N/A Saudi Arabia 11    

Costs of this Process


Legal Fees

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.


Government Fees

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.