A visitor visa or temporary resident visa (TRV) is an official document that shows that you meet the requirements needed to enter Canada. Most travellers need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. You may also need one if you’re transiting through an airport in Canada on your way to your final destination. You can apply for a visitor visa online or on paper. Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada.
Below are some of the general requirements for obtaining a visitor visa that most applicant must meet. You must:
Have a valid passport
be in good health and not be medically inadmissible to Canada
have no criminal offenses that would render you criminally inadmissible to Canada
have no serious immigration-related convictions such as a deportation that would ban you from Canada
convince an immigration officer that you have sufficient ties to your home country such as a job, home, financial assets or family.
convince the visa officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
have enough money for your stay
demonstrate that the intended purpose of your visit is genuine and that you are a bonafide visitor
otain a letter of invitation if the main purpose of your trip is visiting friends or family
give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply
The cost of a visitor visa is $100. CAD for each applicants up to a maximum of $500 CAD for families.
If you are required to provide biometrics a fee of $85 CAD per person will also apply up to a maximum $170 CAD biometric fee per family.
In addition to making sure the application is complete there are three main areas where an RCIC can help.
Immigration Strategy and Option: An RCIC can advise you on the different visa options that are available to you and explain the pros and cons of each option.
Professional Representation: If you do not have a representative assisting you then you will probably only submit the minimum required documentation. Submitting only those documents sometimes is not enough to make your case and to satisfy the program officer or visa officer you meet the requirements of the visa. Generally, it is wise to submit as much evidence as you can above and beyond the minimum required. Your representative can assist you in preparing and submitting a strong application by identifying the weaknesses in your application and advising you how to strengthen your application.
Submission letter: An RCIC will prepare and submit a submission letter on behalf of the applicant along with the application. The submission letter is an important part of the application which summarizes and more importantly demonstrates why you meet the requirements of the visa.
Review your information and develop a strategy to apply
Prepare and submit your visa application to IRCC
Act as your authorized representative to IRCC
Update you regularly on the status of your application.
If you want to apply for a visit visa to Canada we are here to help! Please complete our free assessment form or contact us and one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants will revert to you within 48 hours. We can also help with visitor visa extensions.