FAQS: Canada's Visitor Visa

As the second-largest country in the world, Canada has many beautifully breathtaking views that range from the raw beauty of forests to the scenic views of the lake and mountains. When it comes to spending a holiday in Canada, you’ll be sure to never run out of excursions or tasty food to try.

Beyond that, visiting Canada can also be a great way to give the country a trial run if you’re interested in immigrating. This article answers all frequently asked questions about Canada’s visitor visa.

Continue reading to see how you can explore Canada.

All You Need To Know About the Canadian Visitor’s Visa

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FAQ 1: How long can you stay in Canada with a visitor visa?

Most foreign nationals can stay in Canada for up to six months. If you're allowed to enter Canada, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than six months. If so, they'll put the date you need to leave by, in your passport. They may give you a document as well. If you don’t get a stamp on your passport, you can stay for six months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

If you want to stay longer than your approved stay, you should apply for an extension at least 30 days before the approved end of your stay.

FAQ 2: What are the Canadian visitor visa requirements?

There may be specific requirements you’ll need to meet, depending on your country of origin. However, the general requirements for a visitor’s visa are:

  • Have a valid travel document, like a passport;
  • Be in good health;
  • Have no criminal or immigration-related convictions;
  • Prove that you have ties - such as a job, home, financial assets or family that will take you back to your home country;
  • Prove that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit; and
  • Have enough money for your stay - The amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay in Canada.

FAQ 3: Do I need to apply for both a visitor visa and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)?

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No, you don’t need both a visitor's visa and an eTA. If you plan to travel to Canada, you need a valid visitor visa or a valid eTA. The one you need depends on:

  • the type of travel document you will travel with;
  • the country that issued your travel document;
  • your nationality; and
  • how you will travel to Canada.

Good to know:

If you already have a valid Canadian visitor visa you don’t need to apply for an eTA even if you’re eligible for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

FAQ 4: What is the difference between single and multiple entry travel visas?

This is another common frequently asked question on Canada’s visitor visa.

The main difference is that single entry visas will allow you to enter Canada for one time only, whereas a multiple entry visa will allow you to enter the country several times.

Unfortunately, you as a traveller won’t be able to choose which visa you get, a multiple entry visa is what all visa applicants are automatically considered for. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will review your application and issue the visa type accordingly.

Multiple entry visa

A multiple entry visa will let you travel to Canada for six months at a time as many times as you want. This type of travel visa is valid for 10 years or one month before your passport expires, whichever comes sooner. You’ll need to arrive in Canada on or before the expiry date on your visa.

Single entry visa

You may be eligible for a single entry visa if:

  • you are eligible for a fee-exemption and the purpose of your entry to Canada is limited;
  • you’re taking part in a one-time special event in Canada; and
  • there are approved country-specific procedures or guidelines in place.

FAQ 5: How much does a visitor’s visa cost?

Visa Fees
Fees $ CAN
Electronic Travel Authorization $7
Visitor visa (including super visa) - per person $100
Visitor visa – per family (1 fee per family of 5 or more people) $500
Extend your stay as a visitor – per person $100
Restore your status as a visitor $200
Biometrics – per person $85
Biometrics – per family (2 or more people) $170
Biometrics – per group (3 or more performing artists) $225

Citizens of certain countries or territories, have to give biometrics (fingerprints and photographs) when they apply for a visitor visa.

The biometric fee covers:

  • collecting fingerprints and a digital photo; and
  • moving your documents between our visa office and the visa application centres where you gave your biometrics.

Places to Visit as a Tourist in Canada

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1. Niagara Falls

One of Canada’s most famous attractions, Niagara Falls, is located just over an hour away from Toronto. Each year several million people travel to Canada to see this natural beauty. Families can enjoy the walk down Niagara Clifton Hill, take a cruise to the base of the falls or take a trip to the Skylon Tower.

2. Banff National Park & the Rocky Mountains

Banff National Park is in the province of Alberta. It’s known for its beautiful turquoise-coloured lakes, peaks covered in snow and glaciers. A must-see is Lake Loise, where green waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers, you and your family can enjoy a lovely stroll around the shores.

3. Gros Morne National Park

The Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with steep cliff walls, beautiful waterfalls and incredible rock formations that were caused by the glacier-fed waters. You could take a boat or hike to soak in the view. For those feeling more adventurous there is kayaking and in winter, skiing.

4. Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba

A definite sight to see would be the migration of the polar bears near the town of Churchill in Northern Manitoba. Every fall the community opens its doors to tourists and gives them a tour on tundra buggies that have caged windows, to have close encounters with the polar bears. The perfect time to see this spectacle is in October or November.

5. Vancouver Island

This is the perfect place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Vancouver Island is about a two-hour ferry ride from the mainland. Families can enjoy some of the best hiking trails, beautiful locations to camp or if you want to be more comfortable the island has lodges and resorts too.

Travel to Canada: Made Simple

Although the tourist visa isn’t the most complex visa to get for Canada, you still need to submit the correct documents timely and ensure that the evidence of your connection to your home country is submitted. Often, submitting only those documents that are on the IRCC checklist isn’t enough to make your case that you will return to your home country after your visit. Using CanadianVisa.org will ensure that you don’t miss small steps that can have a big impact. The Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) we work with can also answer any other frequently asked questions you may have about Canada’s visitor visa.

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