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Learn More: Visitor Visa

Last updated: October 2023

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Experience the magic of Canada, a country filled with cultural diversity, breathtaking landscapes, and bustling city life. Whether you are a tourist exploring the world, visiting family, attending an event, or seeking medical care, the Canada Visitor Visa is your key to unlocking the Canadian adventure.

Navigating visa applications can be complex and time-consuming. But don't let paperwork hinder your travel dreams. At iVisa, we simplify the process by providing a fast, reliable, and hassle-free solution for your Canada Visitor Visa application. With our service, your journey to Canada is just a click away.

Download our iVisa App today for an even smoother user experience. We'll guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for your trip. Apply today!

What is the Canada Visitor Visa?

The Canada Visitor Visa, officially known as the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), is a document that allows visitors to enter and stay in Canada for a short period, typically up to 6 months.

Introduced by the Canadian government, this visa is intended to regulate the entry of tourists, business travelers, individuals seeking medical attention, or those visiting family and friends, ensuring their visit aligns with Canadian laws and safety measures.

We offer a Multiple Entry visa that allows you to enter and leave Canada multiple times until it expires. It's your ticket to experiencing Canada's magnificent landscapes, vibrant cities, and welcoming communities, so apply now!

What can you do with the Canada Visitor Visa?

With the Canada Visitor Visa, you have the flexibility to explore all that Canada has to offer. You can:

  • Travel across Canada, from its bustling cities like Toronto and Vancouver to the breathtaking landscapes of the Rocky Mountains and Niagara Falls.

  • Visit family or friends who live in Canada, strengthening cross-border relationships.

  • Conduct business activities such as attending meetings, conferences, and seminars. However, you cannot enter the Canadian labor market.

  • Engage in short-term study programs that last less than six months.

  • Seek medical treatment with access to Canada's world-class healthcare facilities.

What can you not do with the Canada Visitor Visa?

While the Canada Visitor Visa offers many possibilities, there are certain limitations to keep in mind; you cannot:

  • Work: The Canada Visitor Visa does not permit you to work in Canada. If you intend to work, you must apply for a Work Permit.

  • Study long-term: If your course lasts over six months, you'll need a Study Permit.

  • Stay indefinitely: The Visitor Visa is temporary and usually allows you to stay up to 6 months at a time. To extend your stay, you must apply for an extension before your visa expires.

  • Apply for Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status: The Visitor Visa is a temporary visa and does not lead directly to obtaining Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status.

Remember, it's crucial to comply with the visa regulations to ensure your visit is enjoyable and hassle-free.

Who can apply for a Canada Visitor Visa?

The Canada Visitor Visa is open to individuals worldwide who meet specific criteria. Here are some requirements:

  • Are a citizen of a country that requires a visa to visit Canada. Canada has a Visa Waiver Program with certain countries whose citizens do not require a visa for short stays. If you are not from a Visa Waiver Program country, you need to apply for the Visitor Visa.

  • Have a valid passport: Your passport should have at least one blank page for the visa stamp and be valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from Canada.

  • Be in good health: You might need a medical examination.

  • Have no criminal history or convictions for breaching immigration law.

  • Can convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, or family—that will take you back to your home country.

  • Intend to leave Canada at the end of your visit.

  • Enough money for your stay: The amount of money you will need can vary with the circumstances of the visit, your location, and how long you will stay.

Whether you are an individual seeking new experiences, a family planning a vacation, a group of friends exploring together, or a business professional seeking opportunities, the Canada Visitor Visa is designed for you. Remember, we can guide you through this process, simplifying your journey to the Great White North.

Apply today!

Who is eligible for the Canada Visitor Visa?

Many nationalities can apply for this visa. However, some may not need a Visitor Visa. Use our convenient Visa Checker Tool to see if you need one and apply instantly.

Please note: Canada does not issue temporary resident visas (TRV) to permanent residents (PR) of Canada.

Also, Ukrainian citizens may be eligible for Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) to come to Canada temporarily. Unfortunately, we do not offer this document currently. Contact your local Canadian embassy or consulate for more information.

Visa-exempt: Who doesn't need to apply for a Canada Visitor Visa?

Specific individuals are exempt from applying for the Canada Visitor Visa based on their country of citizenship due to agreements between their countries and Canada. The list includes countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and most countries in the European Union, among others.

However, while citizens of these countries do not need a Visitor Visa, they must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if they travel to Canada by air. An eTA is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals visiting Canada by air, and it is electronically linked to your passport.

The list of visa-exempt countries is extensive, and for the most accurate and up-to-date information, it's best to use our Visa Checker tool to confirm which document you need.

Do minors have to apply for the Canada Visitor Visa?

Minors and children from eligible countries must also apply for the Canada Visitor Visa. Parents or legal guardians must apply on their behalf. It is required to submit extra documents to apply for children:

  • Birth certificate

  • Passport

  • Letter of authorization

  • Parents' contact details

Remember, we offer the option for you to apply for a family member through us as well.

Canada Visitor Visa validity: How long is the Canada Visitor Visa valid?

The Canada Visitor Visa allows you to enter Canada as many times as you want since it is a Multiple Entry visa. This travel document is valid for 10 years after issued, and you can stay in Canada for up to 6 months per visit.

Your Canadian tourist visa can expire one month before your passport does, so make sure to visit Canada before your passport expires and that it will stay valid during your trip. Otherwise, you'll need to apply for a new visa.

Can I extend my Canada Visitor Visa?

If you want to extend your stay in Canada, you should apply at least 30 days before your status expires.

For the steps to apply, read the Canadian government’s guide to how to apply to extend your stay as a visitor.

Canada Visitor Visa requirements: What documents do you need?

To apply online for this Canadian visa, we need your up-to-date information and certain documents:

  • Valid Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after you arrive in Canada.

  • National ID: This document is necessary to apply.

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds: We highly advise you to bring your bank statements from the last 4 months.

  • Your IMM 5645 form: We will send you your form via email once you've applied online.

  • Birth certificate, passport, letter of authorization, and parents' contact details in case of a minor.

How to apply for the Canada Visitor Visa

We have made the online application process quick and easy. Simply follow these steps, using our mobile app or website application:

Step one: Start the application and fill out your information. Double-check all the information. Then pay the Canada tourist visa fees with a credit/debit card or PayPal.

We will email you a detailed PDF guide to help you complete the application and gather the required documents.

Step two: Fill out additional information with the help of the PDF guide we sent, ensuring the visa application form is correct to avoid issues down the line. All details need to match your supporting documents.

Step three: Upload all supporting documents and submit your visa application form. Make sure that the scans are legible.

Step four: We will carefully review your application so it is 100% government compliant and to avoid rejection. You can now contact our team of iVisa Experts via email and WhatsApp and even schedule a call via Calendly with any questions.

Step five: Once we review your application, we will book an appointment for you at your local visa application center (VAC) so that they can take your biometric information.

Once you've attended the appointment, you'll need to wait for your visa approval. Processing times vary for each application, as stated by the Canadian government.

Once your visa is processed and approved, you'll have to visit the embassy to collect it. It will be stamped on your passport.

Canada Visitor Visa costs and processing times

The total cost of a Canada Visitor Visa is USD $339.99. This is made up of two parts:

  1. Our standard visa processing fee of USD $200.99.

  2. Canadian Government fee of USD $139.

We offer standard processing for Canada Visitor Visa applications, which typically takes 30 days.

Please note that this processing time does not include the government response.

During the application process on our site, you can add services such as an iVisa Plus subscription, Premium Concierge Service, Embassy Registration, or Premium Photo Services.

We also offer iVisa Fee Protection, which allows us to process a new application for no additional processing fee if you're unable to make your trip, as well as the option to get a flight reservation or itinerary that is valid for two weeks and can be used to apply for a visa, as proof of return to show to immigration officers while traveling, for car rental purposes, etc.

All these additional services carry varying costs. Use our application form to check your application's total cost based on your circumstances and chosen services.

Do I need a Canada Visitor Visa to transit through the country?

If you are traveling to another country, you may need to transit through Canada. In this case, you will need a specific document, depending on the following:

  • How you will travel through Canada (by air, car, bus, train, or boat).

  • How long it'll take you to transit through Canada.

  • Your nationality.

  • Other factors include whether you are a permanent resident of the United States or a U.S. visa holder.

You need the Canada Visitor Visa if you're from a country eligible for this visa and plan to visit Canada beyond the airport or stay in Canada for more than 48 hours while transiting.

Benefits of getting your Canada Visitor Visa with us

When you apply with us, you get more than just a visa. You are also paying for the following:

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all information and ensure it’s 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Unlimited access to our iVisa Experts: Our iVisa Experts will guide you through the entire application process and answer any questions.

  • Simplified form: Visa applications can be confusing and tedious. At iVisa, we’ll only include relevant questions, making the application hassle-free.

  • Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.

  • Step-by-step guide: Apply with us and receive a complete manual with all the tips you need to answer difficult sections and get your document without problems.

Canada entry requirements or restrictions

Canada has lifted all COVID-19-related restrictions for international travelers. This change comes as the situation has significantly improved, and most of the population has been vaccinated.

However, despite the lifting of restrictions, it's always advisable for travelers to prioritize their health and safety. You should stay updated on your home country's travel advisories and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Canada.

While specific COVID-19-related health checks may no longer be in place, Canada has standard entry requirements that still apply. Travelers are required to be in good health to travel to Canada. Sometimes, you may be required to undergo a medical examination.

Travel responsibly, and enjoy your visit to Canada's beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities!

Differences between Canada Visitor Visa and Canada ETA

When planning a trip to Canada, it's crucial to understand the differences between the two main types of entry documents: the Canada Visitor Visa and the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Both are designed to facilitate travel to Canada. Still, they cater to different traveler groups based on nationality and mode of travel.

Canada Visitor Visa: This is intended for citizens from countries not part of Canada's Visa Waiver Program. It allows the holder to visit Canada for tourism, business meetings, family visits, or short-term studies. This visa must be stamped in your passport, and the application process requires more documentation.

Canada ETA: The ETA is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to or transiting through Canada by air. It's electronically linked to your passport and is valid for up to five years, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. The ETA is typically granted to citizens of visa-exempt countries, streamlining the entry process significantly. An approved ETA allows multiple entries into Canada for stays of up to six months.

Remember, no matter which documents you need, we offer a simplified process for securing your travel documentation. Whether you need a Visitor Visa or an ETA, iVisa covers you. Start your journey today!

Where can I learn more about the Canada Visitor Visa?

Our dedicated online team of customer service agents is available via online chat to assist with any questions you may have, or you can email them at [email protected].

Required Documents to Apply

  • Passport scan
  • National ID
  • Bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Proof of Valid Visa (if applicable)
  • Proof of relationship with relatives residing in this country (if applicable)

Important Instructions

  • The Canada Visitor Visa is a multiple-entry visa valid for 10 years.

  • With the Canada Visitor Visa you can stay in the country for a maximum of six months after arrival.

  • You can use this travel document to make stopovers at the airport.

  • The Canada Visitor Visa is for tourism, business, compassionate reasons, or to visit friends or family.

  • You cannot do business activities, paid or unpaid work, or get married while visiting Canada with the Visitor Visa.

  • To enter Canada you will also have to present your Advance CBSA Declaration (Arrive CAN).

  • We advise you to apply for the Advance CBSA Declaration 72 hours in advance to avoid any delays at the airport.

  • We recommend travelers apply 3 months before their intended trip to Canada. Keep in mind that the government usually takes a couple of weeks or more to process your application.

  • Please visit the FAQs below to learn more about Canada Visitor Visa.

  • At iVisa, we do all the paperwork for you and assign you an iVisa Expert who reviews your application to be 100% government-compliant so that you can avoid rejections.


You don’t need to worry if there is an error while making your application with iVisa. Our customer support team will help you solve the problem!
If your visa application is denied, you can appeal to the Federal Court of Canada. However, this is a complex process, and it can be difficult for you to succeed. Instead, we would recommend you to apply again for your visa through, where you will get help from experts so that you have a higher chance of succeeding in your process.
When you arrive in Canada, an immigration officer will make sure you have all the necessary documentation to enter the country. The officer will give you the green light by stamping your passport or by issuing another document. Your date of entry will depend on your type of visa.
You can do this by logging into your account. Click the “check status and messages” button and the “view my submitted requests” section. You can also simply write to us at iVisa and we’ll check the status for you.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may require you to go to an interview at the visa office. You will be contacted by the Visa Application Center if this is the case.
Visitor visas have different characteristics. Some are single-entry visas, which means they are good for only one entry into Canada. If you leave Canada and wish to return, you will need to apply for another visa, unless you are traveling to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon. On the other hand, some visas are multiple-entry, which allows people to leave and return to Canada during the validity of their visas.
At iVisa, we understand that your time is valuable, and we strive to provide you with the fastest service possible. Our processing times are estimated based on the average duration it takes governments to process visa applications. These estimated times begin from the moment we receive all the correct information for your application until you receive your visa. While we work diligently to expedite the process, it’s important to note that we are reliant on the processing times set by the government authorities.

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