Canada welcomes millions of people every year to visit the beautiful country and their loved ones that live here. Except for Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, and citizens of visa-exempt countries, every visitor who wants to enter Canada for a temporary purpose like vacation, or to visit friends or family, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an electronic travel authorization is required.
To enter Canada as a visitor you would either need a visitor visa Canada, an electronic travel authorization or a valid passport or travel document.
So, do you want to apply for a Canadian visitor visa? Check out the requirements and eligibility criteria in detail:
Visitor visa Canada
- Valid travel document (passport)
- Good health (may require medical exam)
- Enough money to cover the stay in Canada
- Ties in the home country
- Intent to leave Canada once the visa duration is over.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
It is a requirement for all visa-exempt foreign nationals who wish to fly to or transit through Canada. However, there are exceptions as well such as for:
- US citizens,
- French citizens living in and flying directly from Miquelon and St. Pierre
- holders of valid Canadian visa,
- holders of a valid Canadian status re-entering Canada after visiting St. Pierre and Miquelon or US,
Visitor visa Canada for workers or students
If you are granted a work permit or study permit, please note that this is not a visa to enter Canada. You will have to separately apply for a visitor visa in Canada if you extend your work or study permit.
Parent and grandparent super visa
The Super Visa is a multiple-entry visa. It helps parents and grandparents of permanent resident or Canadian citizen children to visit Canada for up to 2 years at a time. However, you need to fulfil certain conditions to apply for a visitor visa Canada under this category.
- Your child or grandchild must be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
- A signed letter of invitation from your child or grandchild with proof of financial undertaking, a copy of their Canadian citizenship or PR visa.
- The parents and grandparents must pass a medical examination
- Proof of having received medical insurance from any insurance company in Canada providing coverage of 100,000 CAD; is valid for at least a year from the date of entry; and is fully paid for