In Canada, a routine tourism or business visa is called a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). If you have been issued a TRV, you will normally be allowed to stay in Canada for 6 months, as long as you successfully enter the country.
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This page will tell you
- Who Needs a TRV
- Where to Find the IMM 5257 TRV Application
- What is the difference between a TRV and a "Super Visa"
- How to Complete the Application
- Where to Submit the Application
- The Results of Submitting the Application
Who Needs a Temporary Resident Visa?
If you are from one of the below countries, you normally need a temporary resident visa to come to Canada to travel, do business, or visit family or friends.
|Azerbaijan||Dominican Republic||North Korea||Oman||Thailand|
|Belize||Equatorial Guinea||Laos||Panama||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Bulgaria||Ghana||Macedonia||Russia||United Arab Emirates|
|Burma (Myanmar)||Guatemala||Malawi||Sao Tome e Principe||Uzbekistan|
|Cape Verde||Hait||Marshall Islands||Seychelles||Yemen|
|Central African Republic||Honduras||Mauritania||Sierra Leone||Zambia|
|Colombia||Iraq||Montenegro||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Congo (DRC)||Ivory Coast||Mozambique||South Sudan|
*Holders of certain types of passports from these countries do not need visas. For more information, contact us.
Where to Find the IMM 5257
If you are not using a paid representative for your application, the form can be downloaded from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (IRCC) along with the other forms you must submit: the IMM 5465 Family Information Form, the Schedule 1 for the IMM 5257, the IMM 5409 Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (if applicable), and the IMM 5484 Document Checklist. You can also access the photo specifications when you download these forms.
If you ar eusing a paid representative, such as Immigroup, you should be provided with the forms.
What is the difference between a TRV and a Super Visa?
A temporary resident visa (TRV) is the regular tourist or business travel visa issued to successful applicants from any country in the above list. A "Super Visa" is a special, longer-term visa that is issued solely to allow Permanent Residents and naturalized Canadian citizens to have their parents or grandparents visit them in Canada for extended periods of time. It is an alternative to the family sponsorship program, which is currently on hold. The requirements for the two different visas are significantly different. Please see our page or book a consultation to learn more.
How to Complete the IMM 5257
If you have a current version of an internet browser your plugin is up to date, you can complete the PDF in your browser and then print it off. If not, you should "save a copy" to your computer or download it to your computer. Once you have done that, you can complete the form on your computer, or you can print off the form and complete it by hand.
If you have dealt with IRCC before and you have a client ID, you can enter it on the form. You must also pick which language you want Citizenship and Immigration Canada to respond to you in. Canada is a bilingual country and the federal government must provide service in either English or French.
IRCC needs to confirm your identity to ensure you are admissible to Canada, so in this section record your vital information, such as your full name and your citizenship. The residence questions are used to help establish your admissibility and also to determine if you have lived in Canada within the past. You must provide your marital information regardless of whether or not your spouse - if you have one - is accompanying you. If your spouse or children are accompanying you, they will have to complete separate IMM 5257 forms.
You must also provide your native language and your passport information.
In case there are issues with your application, IRCC will need to get in touch with you, so you must provide current contact information. The information you provide in this section will be the only information IRCC uses in any correspondence they send to you.
Details of Visit to Canada
IRCC needs to know what you plan on doing in Canada to ensure that you are using the correct application form. If you are intending on working in Canada, you should get a work permit instead. If you are intending on studying in Canada for longer than 6 months, you will need a study permit.
Education and Employment
Providing education information helps IRCC establish who you are. Providing employment information helps IRCC establish that you will be returning home to your country before your visa expires.
People who wish to come to Canada re subject to certain standards: Canada will not accept those with criminal histories, with certain medical conditions, or those who have attempted to immigrate to Canada illegally. Providing your background information lets Citizenship and Immigration Canada confirm that you are a law-abiding person, that you are healthy and that you have not previously tried to sneak into Canada or stay in Canada past your permit's validity.
Please note that providing false information on this form could prevent you from being able to visit, work or study in Canada in the future.
If you are bringing family members with you, they must complete their own forms.
Where to Submit Your Application
Remember you must submit all required documentation in addition to the complete IMM 5257 Form.
You can submit the application online if you have a digital camera or a scanner and can upload your documents to IRCC's website, and if you wish to pay by credit card.
Otherwise you will have to submit your application by mail at one of the following visa offices. You can also submit the application in person, for a fee, at a Visa Application Centre. See IRCC's website for details.
|COUNTRY/TERRITORY||CANADIAN VISA OFFICE|
|Applications for Temporary Resident Visas, Study Permits or Work Permits|
|Algeria||Paris (if sent by courier)|
|Anguilla||Port of Spain|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Port of Spain|
|Aruba||See Mexico City|
|Barbados||Port of Spain|
|Bermuda||Visitor visas: New York or Los Angeles Study Permits: Los Angeles Work Permits: New York|
|Bonaire||See Mexico City|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Vienna|
|British Indian Ocean Territory||Colombo|
|Burma (Myanmar, Union of)||Bangkok|
|Central African Republic||Dakar|
|China (People’s Republic of China)||For a temporary resident visa or a work permit, apply to Beijing, Hong Kong or Shanghai For a study permit, apply to Beijing or Hong Kong|
|Costa Rica||Mexico City|
|Curaçao||See Mexico City|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Nairobi|
|Dominica||Port of Spain|
|Dominican Republic||Santo Domingo|
|Easter Island||Buenos Aires|
|El Salvador||Mexico City|
|Falkland Islands||Buenos Aires
|Federated States of Micronesia||Manila|
|French Guiana||Port of Spain|
|Grenada||Port of Spain|
|Guadeloupe||Port of Spain|
|Guinea||In person at the office of the IOM in Conakry, for processing in Dakar Dakar (if sent by courier)|
|Guyana||Port of Spain|
|Hong Kong (SAR)||Hong Kong|
|Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of)||Vienna|
|Madagascar (Republic of)||Nairobi|
|Marie-Galante||Port of Spain|
|Marshall Islands (Republic of the)||Manila|
|Martinique||Port of Spain|
|Micronesia (Federated States of)||Manila|
|Montserrat||Port of Spain|
|Myanmar, Union of (Burma)||Bangkok|
|Niger||Niamey (in person for processing in Dakar) Dakar (if sent by courier)|
|North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)||Beijing|
|Northern Mariana Islands||Manila|
|Palau (or Belau)||Manila|
|Palestinian Authority (Gaza)||Cairo|
|Palestinian Authority (West Bank)||Amman|
|Papua New Guinea||Sydney|
|Puerto Rico||Visitor visas: New York or Los Angeles Study Permits: Los Angeles Work Permits: New York Temporary Resident Permits, Rehabilitation and Authority to Return to Canada: New York or Los Angeles.|
|Republic of Congo||Nairobi|
|Saba||Port of Spain|
|Samoa (Independent State of)||Sydney|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Accra|
|South Korea||See Manila|
|St. Barthélemy||Port of Spain|
|St. Eustatius||Port of Spain|
|St. Kitts and Nevis (Federation of)||Port of Spain|
|St. Lucia||Port of Spain|
|St. Maarten/St. Martin||Port of Spain|
|St. Pierre et Miquelon||Visitor visas: New York, Los Angeles or Paris Study Permits: Los Angeles or Paris Work Permits: New York or Paris Temporary Resident Permits, Rehabilitation and Authority to Return to Canada: New York, Los Angeles or Paris.|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Port of Spain|
|Suriname||Port of Spain|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Port of Spain|
|Tristan da Cunha||Accra|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Kingston|
|Uganda||Kampala, for processing in Nairobi|
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi|
|United States of America||Visitor visas, Temporary Resident Permits, Rehabilitation and Authority to Return to Canada: New York or Los Angeles Study permits and study permits for work permit holders:Los Angeles Work Permits and work permits for study permit holders:New York|
|U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands||Manila|
|Venezuela||See Mexico City|
|Vietnam||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Virgin Islands (British)||Port of Spain|
|Virgin Islands (US)||Visitor visas: New York or Los Angeles Study Permits: Los Angeles Work Permits: New York Temporary Resident Permits, Rehabilitation and Authority to Return to Canada: New York or Los Angeles.|
|Wallis and Futuna||Sydney|
|Seafarers on tankers at sea destined to offload oil and gas in the Atlantic provinces||For a work permit, apply to London or New York|
Results of Submitting a TRV Application
Your visa application will either be accepted or denied.
If it is denied, you will be provided with reasons as to why.
If it is accepted, you will receive a visa and you will be able to travel to Canada. Please remember that a visa is not permission to enter Canada. Actual permission to enter Canada is granted by the CBSA officer at the port of entry.
Good luck with your journey!