FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
is a temporary resident visa?
temporary resident visa is an official document issued by a visa office abroad
that is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for
admission to Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, student, or
valid temporary resident visa is not a guarantee of entry into Canada; an
officer at the port of entry will decide if you still meet the requirements
for admission when you arrive. If there has been a change in circumstances
between the date of your application and your arrival in Canada or if
subsequent information is given which was not originally available to the visa
office, you may be refused entry.
visa may be for a single entry, for multiple entries, or for transit purposes.
single entry visa allows you to enter Canada only once. This visa may
also be used for repeated entries
into Canada from the
USA or St. Pierre and Miquelon provided you do not enter another country. Such
entries must occur within the time validated for your stay in Canada. (e.g.
You may be given six months from the date you enter Canada at the Port of
multiple entry visa allows you to enter Canada from any country
multiple times during the validity of
transit visa is required for travel through Canada to another country
by those persons who need a
visa and whose flight will stop in Canada for less than 48 hours. To obtain a
transit visa you must provide specific evidence of your travel arrangements
from your transportation company or travel agent.
apply for a transit visa, you may be asked to show your travel tickets as
part of the evidence of your travel arrangements.
need a temporary resident visa?
Persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may
require a visa to enter Canada. The requirement for a visa also applies to
temporary residents who are in transit through Canada. (see
Visa Exemptions, for information on persons who are exempt from
temporary resident visa to visit Canada).
should I apply?
Applications should be made at least one month before your intended departure
If you are mailing your application, allow up to eight weeks for it to be
received as mail services can vary.
requirements must I meet for a temporary resident visa?
must show the officer that you meet the requirements of the
and Refugee Protection Act
and that you will be in Canada for a temporary
stay. You must also:
satisfy an officer that you will leave Canada
show that you have enough money to maintain yourself and your family members
in Canada and to return home;
not intend to work or study in Canada unless authorized to do so;
be law abiding and have no record of criminal activity (you may be asked to
provide a Police Clearance Certificate);
not be a risk to the security of Canada;
produce any additional documents requested by the officer to establish your
be in good health (complete a medical examination, if required).
Citizens and residents of certain countries require additional formalities
which could add three weeks or more to the normal processing period. The
visa office will advise you further if such requirements apply to you.
documents do I need to apply for a temporary resident visa?
Complete the application form and include the documents listed below.
must provide the following documents for yourself and any accompanying family
Important: Although the documents listed
below are normally needed in support of your
local requirements may also apply. You must satisfy
an officer that you will
Visit the local Web site of
the visa office responsible for your area or contact their office to verify
all required documents, before submitting your application.
Proof of identity
a valid passport or travel document that guarantees re-entry to the country
that issued it;
two recent passport size photos for each family member (the name and date of
birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo); and
Proof of financial support
proof of funds available to support yourself and family members during your
stay and to enable you to leave Canada, such as a bank statement, pay stubs,
proof of employment or proof of travellers' cheques.
addition, note that:
if you are not a citizen of the country in which you are applying, you must
provide proof of your present immigration status in the country of
if the government that issued your passport or travel document requires a
re-entry permit this must be obtained before you apply for a Canadian visa;
additional documents may be required
Children under 19 years of age who are travelling alone, must have
information on the person who will be responsible for them. If the child is
the subject of a custody order, proof of custody and the other parent's
consent must also be provided. Minors travelling without their parents
require a letter of permission to travel, from the non-accompanying parent(s)
and a letter from their custodian in Canada.
my spouse or common-law partner and dependent children need to apply
spouse or common-law partner and children who wish to visit Canada must apply
for permission to do so. As long as you all apply together it will not be
necessary for each person to fill out separate application forms. List the
names and other information about your family members in the appropriate space
on the application. If you require more space, attach a separate piece of
paper and indicate the number and letter that you are answering.
Children 18 years and over must complete their own application form.
Family members are the
members of your family. Your husband, wife or common-law partner
is your family
member. A common-law partner is a person of the opposite or same sex who is
currently cohabiting and has cohabited in a conjugal relationship with you for
a period of at least one year.
Dependent children may be your own children or those of your spouse or
common-law partner. They must:
be under the age of 22 and not a spouse or common-law partner; or,
have depended substantially on the financial support of a parent and have
been continuously enrolled and in attendance as full-time students in a post
secondary institution accredited by the relevant government authority since
before the age of 22 (or since becoming a spouse or a common-law partner, if
they married or entered into a common-law relationship before the age of
have depended substantially on the financial support of a parents since
before the age of 22 and unable to provide for themselves due to a medical
spouse or common law partner and children must meet all the requirements for
temporary residents to Canada. They must satisfy an officer that they are
genuine temporary residents who will be in Canada for a temporary stay. They
may be required to provide evidence that they are law abiding and have no
criminal record. If your family member applies for a TRV, they must also meet
all the conditions to obtain a visa.
Include them on your application by providing their names and other
information in the appropriate space on the application form.
You may be required to
provide a marriage certificate and birth certificates for any accompanying
family members. If you are in a common-law relationship and your common-law
will accompany you
to Canada, you may be required to complete the enclosed form,
Common-Law Union (IMM 5409). Also
provide evidence outlined on the form to
I or my family members need a medical examination?
some cases you will require a medical examination. If a medical examination is
required, you will be informed by an officer who will send you instructions on
how to proceed. A medical examination
to the processing of
I work or study during my stay in Canada?
Temporary residents are not allowed to work or study in Canada unless they are
authorized to do so under the regulations. In many cases, a work or study
permit will be required. However, there are categories of workers who do not
require work permits. You may obtain further details on persons exempt from
obtaining a work permit by visiting our
Web site or by
contacting a visa office.
temporary resident may also take a program of study up to six months duration
without having to obtain a study permit.
you intend to study or work in Canada during your visit, you must include full
details of the proposed work or study in your application.
Where do I Apply?
Please submit your application to the Canadian visa office responsible for
your area for processing. You should consult the local Web site or office
regarding accepted methods of submitting applications. (i.e. general mail, in
person, by courier etc.)
application will be reviewed to ensure it has been completed correctly and
contains all of the required documents for processing. After reviewing your
application, an officer will decide if an interview is necessary. If so, you
will be informed of the time and place.
your application is refused, your passport and documents will be returned to
you with an explanation of why your application was refused.
If fraudulent documents are used, they will not be returned.
your application is approved, your passport and documents will be returned to
you with the requested visa.
you arrive in Canada, the officer at the port of entry will determine whether
you may enter Canada and how long you may stay. You must leave Canada on or
before the date set by the officer or have your status extended by an officer
The stamp placed in your passport by a Canadian official
valid for six months
unless otherwise amended by an officer.
If you move or
change your address, telephone or fax number before your application has
been processed, you must advise us of this new information by contacting the
visa office where you submitted your application
Temporary Resident Visa Exemptions
who do not require a visa to visit Canada include:
to change at any time
citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas,
Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark,
Finland, France, Republic of Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel
(National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,
Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands,
Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, and Western
persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who
are in possession of their alien registration card (Green card) or can
provide other evidence of permanent residence;
British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the
citizens of British dependent territories who derive their citizenship
through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British
dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman
Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or
the Turks and Caicos Islands;
persons holding a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region
passport issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region of the People's Republic of China; and
persons holding passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See.