Visiting Canada: Guide for Temporary Visa

Whether it’s to visit friends or family, take in some of the incredible sights, or find out if Canada is the right place for a permanent move, millions of people visit Canada every year! A Canadian visitor visa allows tourists to stay in the country for up to six months at a time.

The Canadian government is working hard to encourage young, skilled workers to make Canada their home in the coming years. While economic immigration to Canada has become faster and more efficient, now may be the right time to explore what Canada has to offer as a visitor!

Unless you are from a country that is visa-exempt, you require a visitor visa (sometimes called a Temporary Resident Visa or TRV) in order to enter the country. If you’re applying for a study permit or a work permit then the TRV will be included as a part of your application. But! If you want to come to Canada just to visit, then you have to apply for a visitor visa on your own.

Visa-exempt countries are those with whom Canada has agreements that allow their citizens and permanent residents to visit Canada without a visitor visa.