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Temporary Resident Visa

A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document to show that holders meet the requirements needed to enter Canada. Most travellers need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. Visitor visa may also be needed for transiting through a Canadian airport on way to a final destination.A visitor visa can be applied online or on paper.


Need a visitor visa for nationals from a visa-required country and who plan to:


  • visit Canada (even if travelling by air and it’s for less than 48 hours)

  • stay in Canada more than 48 hours while transiting

  • crossing the border by bus, car, train, boat, cruise ship


Need a transit visa for nationals from a visa-required country if


  • international flight stops at a Canadian airport on its way to another country

  • connecting between 2 international flights at a Canadian airport

  • transit through Canada in 48 hours or less

  • don’t have a valid visitor visa


US citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. can transit through Canada without a visa by air, car, bus, train, boat, cruise ship




  • have a valid travel document, like a passport

  • be in good health

  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions

  • convince an immigration officer that will leave Canada at the end of visit

  • have enough money for stay (The amount of money depends on how long is stay)

  • may also need a medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

  • convince an immigration officer that applicant have ties that will take them back to your home country

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