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Canada Visitor Visa

Canada Tourist visa also called a Canada Visitor Visa or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), is an official entry document that is pasted on your passport by the Canadian Visa officials. This document shows that you meet the requirements to enter Canada and grants you entry into Canada.

Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA)

An eTA or electronic travel document is electronically attached to your passport and allows you to enter Canada. It is valid for 5 years or until the validity of your passport, whichever comes first. With your eTA, you can stay in Canada for up to six months at a time.

Do I need to apply for VisitorVisa to visit Canada?

To travel to Canada, you need an entry document which could be a visitor visa, electronic travel authorisation (eTA), or in some cases only your passport. Thus, the type of entry document required will depend on:,

  • The type of travel document you will travel with
  • The country that issued your travel document
  • Your nationality
  • Your mode of travel to Canada for this trip
The first step before applying is to find out that whether you need a visitor visa or eTA or only a passport to visit Canada.
How long can I stay in Canada on Tourist Visa?

The Canadian consulate decides on case to case basis on the validity of your visa. Thus, it depends on your case and how well you can convince them of your strong ties with your home country and your intent to leave Canada after your visa expires.

In most cases, you can stay in Canada for six months on a tourist visa. Once you receive your visa, it will carry both a date of issue and entry. So, you can either be issued a Multiple Entry Visa or a Single Entry Visa

The officer at the port of entry may allow you to stay for more or less than six months. Consequently, they will stamp your passport with the date by which you need to leave Canada.  Additionally, the officer might also issue a document as a visitor record mentioning the date you need to leave Canada.

Multiple Entry or Single Entry

  • Multiple Entry Visa: In this case, a visa valid for up to 10 years or one month lesser than the validity of your passport, whichever is earlier, is issued. However, the maximum duration you can stay is only six (6) months per trip.

For example, You get a visitor visa from India to Canada in July 2022, and the validity of the visa is till July 2032. So, in this case, you can visit Canada multiple times till March 2025. However, the duration of each visit should be up to 6 months only.


  • Single Entry Visa: The single entry visa allows you to enter Canada only once. It is generally issued when the purpose of your visit is limited to only one specific event or official visit.

For parents or grandparents willing to visit their children or grandchildren in Canada, they have 3 options

  1. Apply for a Visitor visa, in which case they can stay for a maximum of 6 months
  2. Super Visa: In this case, the parents can stay for 5 years per trip
  3. Parent Grandparents Program: This is a program to sponsor them permanently as Permanent Residents

Canada Tourist Visa Requirements

  • You must have a valid travel document.
  • You must be in good health and may need a medical exam in certain-case.
  • You must have no criminal or immigration-related convictions.
  • You must convince an immigration officer that you have strong ties with your home-Country.
  • You must convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit and do not intend to seek a job or work in Canada.
  • You must have enough money for your stay. The amount would depend on the length of your stay and if you will stay in a hotel or with friends or relatives.
  • You must comply with any case-specific requirement raised by an immigration officer.

The documents required for applying for visitor visit to Canada is very case to case specific and depend on the purpose of your visit, where or with whom you intend to stay and your current profile. However, the general list of documents are:

  • Valid passport
  • Proof of funds for your stay in Canada
  • Proof of your ties to your home country
  • Purpose of travel
  • Proof that you intent to leave Canada within the validity of your stay.
  • Letter of invitation
  • Identity Document

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Canada open for visitor visa applications?

Yes, Canada is accepting visitor visa applications for most categories. Get in touch with our RCIC consultant to know if you can apply now.

How long is the validity of a visitor visa for Canada?

In most cases, the visitor visa is valid for up to 6 months. However, on your entry to Canada, the border office may put a date on your passport and allow you to stay for more or less than 6 months.

Can I work in Canada on a tourist visa?

A tourist or a visitor visa does not allow you to work in Canada. You need a valid status to work in Canada and thus, should apply for the applicable work permit. You can check the details of the work permit here

Is a Canada visitor visa easy to get?

Getting a Canadian Visitor Visa (Tourist Visa, TRV) is not very complex. The key lies in providing case-specific documents and applying them on time. In addition, your ability to support yourself during your stay and your strong ties to your home country are two critical elements for your visitor visa application.

How to apply for Visitor Visa to Canada?

5 steps for applying for your visitor visa to Canada.

  1. Collect all relevant documents as per the checklist
  2. Apply for the Visa in the portal
  3. Give your Biometrics
  4. Submit your passport
  5. Receive your visa 

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