Visas and Permits
If you wish to come to Canada for a visit or for tourism and you are from a non-visa exempt country, you need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) at the Canadian visa office well in advance of your planned travel, in order to be able to enter Canada.
If you are from a visa-exempt country, you do not need to apply for a visa. However, you require an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to board a plane to Canada (except for citizens of the USA). The ETA is not required if coming to Canada by car, bus, train or boat. It is valid for up to 5 years or until the expiry of the passport.
Usually, a person is allowed to stay in Canada for up to 6 months as a visitor (applies to visa exempt and non-visa exempt temporary residents). Visitors cannot work or study without proper authorization (some exceptions apply). Once the authorized period of stay is about to expire, it is possible to apply for the extension of status as a visitor inside Canada.
There are cases when people who come to Canada as visitors find job opportunities or decide to pursue studies in Canada. In situations like these, foreign nationals need to be counselled in regards to the procedure of change of status.
Requirement for visitors:
- have a valid travel document (passport);
- satisfy an immigration officer that they have ties to their home country (such as: employment, property and family);
- satisfy an immigration officer that they will leave Canada at the end of their visit;
- have sufficient funds for their proposed stay (the amount of funds depends on the length of a visit);
- have a letter of invitation from friends or relatives in Canada, if applicable;
- be in good health.
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
Parents and grandparents of Canadian Citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a visa with the total validity of 10 years, which allows them to stay with their family members in Canada for up to 2 years at a time before a renewal of status.
There are the following requirements that a parent/grandparent needs to meet to be eligible for the Super Visa:
- Complete medical examination;
- The host must purchase private medical insurance for their parent/grandparent for 1 year:
- Cover health care, hospitalization and repatriation;
- Min of $100,000 coverage;
- Valid for each entry to Canada;
- Have a letter of invitation (a promise of financial support from the host);
- The host must meet the Low Income Cut Off (LICO) for 1 year prior to the application.
Our company provides assistance with:
- Obtaining initial Temporary Resident Visa
- Extension of status
- Restoration of status
- Change of status
- Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
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