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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
(Days)
Country Processing Time
(Days)
Country Processing Time
(Days)
Country Processing Time
(Days)
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.


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FAQs


Who Needs a Visa to Visit Canada?

Citizens of most countries in the world need a visa to enter Canada. This includes citizens of many countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America. For a Complete list of countries whose citizens require a visa to enter or transit (change planes) in Canada, click here.

Citizens of certain countries are not required to have a visa to enter Canada as a visitor. These countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, many countries in Western Europe, Japan, and South Korea. For a complete list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada, click here.

 

What are the basic requirements for a TRV (Temporary Resident Visa / Visitor Visa)?

When visiting Canada, you must prove to the immigration officer that you do not intend to immigrate to Canada or stay in Canada permanently.

You must also show that you:

  • will leave Canada at the end of your stay;
  • will not work or study in Canada unless that is the purpose of your visa;
  • have enough money to support yourself and accompanying family members while in Canada;
  • have enough money to return home;
  • are not a security risk to Canada;
  • do not have a criminal record and are law abiding;
  • are in good health.

You can be asked to provide any documentation pertaining to these and other requirements and you may be asked to complete a medical examination if necessary.

When you speak with Immigroup regarding a Visitor Visa to Canada, we will advise you which of these requirements you most need to stress that you meet given your background and circumstances. We will also tell you of any additional requirements that apply to your situation.

 

What are the requirements for Family Members?

For a TRV (Visitor Visa) application, ‘family members’ means your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children, and their dependent children (your grandchildren).

‘Spouse’ means your partner with whom you have entered into a legal marriage.

‘Common-law Partner’ means your partner with whom you have been living for at least one year.

‘Dependent Children’ means your children or the children of your spouse or common-law partner who are

  • 22 years old or younger and single, or
  • financially dependent on you or your spouse since before 22 years old and still in school, or
  • financially dependent since before 22 years old due to a medical condition.

Any of your family members who wish to visit Canada must file separate applications for a Visitor Visa (each family member will receive their own visa).

How long is a Visitor Visa valid?

The length of time you can stay in Canada depends on the officer reviewing your visa application as well as the officer granting you entry to Canada when you arrive. Either officer could limit the time you may stay in Canada. A visitor visa could be granted for as long as 2 years or as little as 1 week, although you may only stay in Canada for up to 6 months at a time.

If you do not require a visa to enter Canada, the border officer may still advise you that you may only stay for a certain amount of time such as 14 days. If they do not advise you of any length of time, you may stay for up to 6 months.

Overstaying a visitor visa can cause serious problems for you if you want to apply for immigrant status or even enter Canada temporarily in the future. You can even have problems gaining entry to other countries, such as the United States. If you are not sure how long you can stay in Canada once your visa is granted or once you arrive, contact us for a consultation. We will help you determine the best way for you to move forward.
 

What is a Super Visa?

In 2011 CIC stopped accepting parental sponsorship applications. However, CIC then began offering what’s called a Super Visa to people in this situation. So now parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada may be eligible to apply for a Super Visa.

The super visa allows you to stay in Canada for up to 2 years. Even if you would not normally need a visa to visit Canada, you would still need to apply for the super visa if you wish to stay longer than the standard 6 month timeframe.

Please note: Dependent children may not be included in an application for a super visa.

 

How do I get a super visa?

The requirements for the super visa are a little different than the regular visa. These include:

  • Evidence of your parental or grandparental relationship to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • An invitation letter from your child or grandchild;
  • Proof that your child or grandchild can support you and their family while you are in Canada (Your child or grandchild must meet the what’s called the Low Income Cut Off – LICO); Proof of medical insurance.

If you’re thinking of applying for a super visa, you can contact Immigroup for a consultation. We will help you determine your likelihood of success and we will detail the application procedure and types of evidence needed to support your case.

 

What is the Low Income Cutt Off (LICO)?

The LICO is the amount of money your child or grandchild needs to be making satisfy Citizenship and Immigration Canada that he or she can afford to support you (and your spouse) on a super visa. Unfortunately, the current income ammounts are not publicly available at this time. Contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada to find out the ammounts.

 

What happens if I overstayed on my Visitor Visa?

If you have stayed longer than the amount of time your visa was valid for, or that the length of time a border officer advised you that you may stay in Canada, this is an issue that could cause problems for your travel plans in the future.

You could be denied entry to Canada if you try to come again in the future, or even denied entry to other countries, such as the United States.

But, there is a solution. If you’ve overstayed your visa, it may be possible to restore your status and minimize any problems you may have.  Contact us for a consultation to determine the best way to help you move forward.

 

Who needs a Visa?

Citizens of the following countries normally require a visa to visit Canada for any purpose:

Afghanistan Burundi El Salvador Israel* Malawi Nigeria Somalia Turkmenistan
Albania Cambodia Equatorial Guinea Ivory Coast Malaysia Oman South Africa Tuvalu
Algeria Cameroon Eritrea Jamaica Maldives Pakistan Sri Lanka Uganda
Angola Cape Verde Ethiopia Jordan Mali Palau St. Lucia Ukraine
Argentina Central African Republic Fiji Kazakhstan Marshall Islands Palestinian Authority St. Vincent and the Grenadines United Arab Emirates
Armenia Chad Gabon Kenya Mauritania Panama Sudan Uruguay
Azerbaijan Chile Gambia Kiribati Mauritius Paraguay Sudan, South Uzbekistan
Bahrain China Georgia Korea, North Mexico Peru Suriname Vanuatu
Bangladesh Colombia Ghana Kosovo Micronesia Philippines Swaziland Venezuela
Belarus Comoros Grenada Kuwait Moldova Poland^ Syria Vietnam
Belize Congo, Democratic Republic of (DRC) Guatemala Kyrgyzstan Mongolia Qatar Taiwan# Yemen
Benin Congo, Republic of Guinea Laos Montenegro Romania Tajikistan Zambia
Bhutan Costa Rica Guinea-Bissau Lebanon Morocco Russia Tanzania Zimbabwe
Bolivia Cuba Guyana Lesotho Mozambique Rwanda Thailand  
Bosnia Herzegovina Czech Republic Haiti Liberia Namibia Sao Tome e Principe Timor l'este  
Botswana Djibouti Honduras Libya Namibia Saudi Arabia Togo  
Brazil Dominica India Lithuania^ Nauru Senegal Tonga  
Bulgaria Dominican Republic Indonesia Macao Nepal Serbia Trinidad and Tobago  
Burkina Faso Ecuador Iran Macedonia Nicaragua Seychelles Tunisia  
Burma (Myanmar) Egypt Iraq Madagascar Niger Sierra Leone Turkey  

*Holders of valid Israeli Travel Document in Lieu of Passport only

^Holders of non-biometric passports only

#Only those whose passport does not contain their personal identification number

 

Who doesn't need a Visa?

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visitor visa to visit Canada, provided they are carrying valid, correct travel documents:

Andorra Croatia Holy See (Vatican City)# Korea, South New Zealand Slovakia United Kingdom and all british overeas territories##
Antigua and Barbuda Cyprus Hong Kong Latvia Norway Slovenia United States of America^^
Australia Denmark Hungary Liechtenstein Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands  
Austria Estonia Iceland Lithuania^ Poland^ Spain  
Bahamas Finland Ireland Luxembourg Portugal St. Kitts and Nevis  
Barbados France Israel Malta Samoa Sweden  
Belgium Germany Italy Monaco San Marino Switzerland  
Brunei Greece Japan Netherlands Singapore Taiwan*  

#Includes holders of passports issued by the Holy See that are not citizens of Vatican City

^Passport must be biometric

*Passport must include personal identification number

Includes citizens of the following territories:

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn
  • St. Helena
  • Turks and Caicos

And it also applies to

  • British overseas citizens
  • Citizens of British Overseas Territories not listed above
  • British Nationals (Overseas)
  • British Subjects - provided the passport notes the "Right of Abode"

^^Includes permanent residents provided they can show their green card and proof of permanent residence

 

Processing Times by visa office

Your location Average Processing Time (as of April 2016)
Afghanistan 111 days
Albania 13 days
Algeria 12 days
Andorra 15 days
Angola 30 days
Anguilla 15 days
Antigua and Barbuda 15 days
Argentina 5 days
Armenia 5 days
Aruba 15 days
Australia 22 days
Austria 10 days
Azerbaijan 6 days
Bahamas 33 days
Bahrain 19 days
Bangladesh 19 days
Barbados 15 days
Belarus 5 days
Belgium 12 days
Belize 8 days
Benin 60 days
Bermuda 21 days
Bhutan 15 days
Bolivia 8 days
Bonaire No average available
Bosnia and Herzegovina 12 days
Botswana 29 days
Brazil 17 days
British Virgin Islands No average available
Brunei 15 days
Bulgaria 8 days
Burkina Faso 15 days
Burma (Myanmar) 19 days
Burundi 22 days
Cambodia 19 days
Cameroon 16 days
Cape Verde 15 days
Cayman Islands 38 days
Central African Republic 15 days
Chad 12 days
Chile 11 days
China 12 days
Colombia 13 days
Comoros 15 days
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 18 days
Congo, Republic of 13 days
Costa Rica 13 days
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 16 days
Croatia 15 days
Cuba 8 days
Cyprus 15 days
Czech Republic 15 days
Denmark 10 days
Djibouti 15 days
Dominica 12 days
Dominican Republic 8 days
Ecuador 12 days
Egypt 9 days
El Salvador 17 days
Equatorial Guinea 15 days
Eritrea 46 days
Estonia 15 days
Ethiopia 13 days
Fiji 29 days
Finland 15 days
France 12 days
Gabon 13 days
Gambia 15 days
Georgia 8 days
Germany 12 days
Ghana 21 days
Greece 15 days
Grenada 13 days
Guatemala 15 days
Guinea 16 days
Guinea-Bissau 15 days
Guyana 12 days
Haiti 22 days
Holy See (Vatican City) No average available
Honduras 16 days
Hong Kong 7 days
Hungary 15 days
Iceland 15 days
India 19 days
Indonesia 4 days
Iran 31 days
Ireland 12 days
Israel 8 days
Italy 11 days
Jamaica 40 days
Japan 14 days
Jordan 33 days
Kazakhstan 7 days
Kenya 11 days
Kiribati 15 days
North Korea No average available
South Korea 16 days
Kosovo 14 days
Kuwait 18 days
Kyrgyzstan 6 days
Laos 24 days
Latvia 15 days
Lebanon 21 days
Lesotho 15 days
Liberia 15 days
Libya 24 days
Liechtenstein No available average
Lithuania 15 days
Luxembourg 15 days
Macao 7 days
Macedonia No average available
Madagascar 30 days
Malawi 15 days
Malaysia 16 days
Maldives 15 days
Mali 16 days
Malta 15 days
Marshall Islands No available average
Martinique No average available
Mauritania 17 days
Mauritius 23 days
Mexico 5 days
Micronesia 15 days
Moldova 13 days
Monaco 15 days
Mongolia 8 days
Montenegro 13 days
Morocco 13 days
Mozambique 31 days
Namibia 23 days
Nauru No average available
Nepal 21 days
Netherlands 10 days
New Caledonia No available average
New Zealand 22 days
Nicaragua 18 days
Niger 17 days
Nigeria 67 days
Norway 20 days
Oman 19 days
Pakistan 46 days
Palestinian Authority (Gaza) 44 days
Palestinian Authority (West Bank) 44 days
Panama 12 days
Papua New Guinea 15 days
Paraguay 5 days
Peru 6 days
Philippines 12 days
Poland 6 days
Portugal 15 days
Puerto Rico 15 days
Qatar 19 days
Romania 9 days
Russia 7 days
Rwanda 21 days
Samoa No average available
San Marino No available average
Sao Tome and Principe 15 days
Saudi Arabia 15 days
Senegal 13 days
Serbia 11 days
Seychelles 15 days
Sierra Leone 15 days
Singapore 20 days
Slovakia 15 days
Slovenia 15 days
Solomon Islands No average available
Somalia 15 days
South Africa 25 days
Spain 12 days
Sri Lanka 25 days
St. Kitts and Nevis 18 days
St. Lucia 11 days
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 12 days
Sudan 27 days
South Sudan 15 days
Suriname 9 days
Swaziland 15 days
Switzerland 13 days
Syria 29 days
Tahiti 15 days
Taiwan 7 days
Tajikistan 13 days
Tanzania 11 days
Thailand 12 days
Timor-Leste (Timor oriental) 15 days
Togo 21 days
Tonga No available average
Trinidad and Tobago 9 days
Tunisia 7 days
Turkey 4 days
Turkmenistan 15 days
Turks and Caicos 15 days
Tuvalu No average available
Uganda 12 days
Ukraine 5 days
United Arab Emirates 19 days
United Kingdom 6 days
United States of America 13 days
Uruguay 6 days
US Virgin Islands No available average
Uzbekistan 11 days
Vanuatu 15 days
Venezuela 8 days
Vietnam 40 days
Yemen 15 days
Zambia 21 days
Zimbabwe 29 days

 


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