A visitor visa is an immigration document that allows foreign nationals to travel and enter Canada. In the past, people often asked how to apply for a visitor visa, and this article will show you how. However, you need to understand how and what a visa is.
A visitor visa is also known as a temporary resident visa (TRV). It is an official document issued by a Canadian visa office and placed in your passport to prove that you meet the requirements to enter Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, student or worker). Anyone wishing to enter Canada who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident will need a visitor visa. However, Canadian citizens who are permanent residents are not required to apply for a visa. Citizens must travel with their international passport, therefore a visitor visa is not required.
Types of Visitors Visa
There are two types of visitors visa and they are;
- Single Entry Visa
- Multiple Entry Visa
Single Entry Visa
This type of visa allows foreign nationals to enter Canada once. Holders are only allowed to enter the country once. Therefore, the single entry visa expires after the visa has been used once.
Multiple entry visa
With this type of visa, holders can enter and exit the country as many times as they want as long as the visa is valid. In addition, holders can travel for six months at a time as long as the visa is valid. In addition, the visa is valid for up to 10 years. This has the advantage that if you decide to leave school/work temporarily, you can come back without applying for a new visa.
However, you cannot choose which visa you apply for. In other words, applicants are automatically selected for the multiple entry visa. However, you can also get a single entry visa if the circumstances require it.
How to apply
You can apply for a visitor visa online or in paper form. If you are traveling as a family, each family member, including dependent children, must complete a separate application. However, you can also submit all applications together. Depending on your country of citizenship, applicants may be required to include bio-metric information in their application.
Applications will be prioritized by individuals who are eligible to travel based on current travel restrictions.
Why you should apply online
Applying online offers applicants the following benefits;
- Online applications are processed faster than paper applications in most cases;
- If you apply on paper, you may submit incomplete applications. However, when you apply online, you can be sure that you have all the required documents. This will help you avoid unnecessary delays;
- There are no courier fees;
- If you are asked for another document, you can simply submit it;
- You do not have to present your passport until we ask you to do so;
- The application status will be sent directly to your online account.
Documents Required For a Visitors Visa
- Proof of your ties to your home country;
- Proof of financial resources for your visit to Canada;
- An identification such as a passport or residence permit;
- A letter of invitation from the person inviting you to come to Canada;
- Proof that you will only be in Canada temporarily.
Applicants must get the TRV before leaving their country. Applicants cannot obtain a TRV upon arrival in Canada.