Folks who wish to visit Canada for business purposes or pay a visit to friends and family who are currently living in Canada may need to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa before doing so. Citizens of some countries are exempt from this requirement but most are not. These visas may be single or multiple-entry and typically allow a visitor to enter and remain in Canada for up to 6 months at a time.
For a Temporary Resident Visa, the immigration authorities will consider the purpose of the visit, whether the applicant has sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay, and whether the applicant is likely to return to their home country at the end of their visit.
If the visa applicant has a good reason for wanting to come to Canada and otherwise meets the relevant criteria, then they will likely be approved. However, the approval of this type of visa application is highly discretionary on the part of the visa officer, so a properly prepared application is essential for success.
Canada wholeheartedly welcomes tourists. Individuals from all walks of life are welcomed to the country. Most applications for Temporary Resident Visas (TRV’s) are by those who wish to visit Canada for tourism or some temporary personal reason other than for work or business. If the foreign applicant will be visiting some specific person in Canada, then it is helpful to obtain an invitation letter from that person for use in the application. Proof of funds will also be required, and return tickets are helpful to demonstrate an intention to return to the home country at the end of the visit.
Those foreign nationals who wish to visit Canada for business purposes may also apply for a Temporary Resident Visa. Valid business reasons for visiting Canada may include things like meeting clients to discuss potential sales or negotiate contracts. It is important to note that a business visitor must not be paid for their time in Canada nor may they provide any valuable service for which they would properly require a work permit. Business visitors should obtain an invitation letter from the Canadian business they are visiting.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit Canada for up to two years at a time.
- Valid travel document (passport)
- Proof of enough funds to cover your stay in Canada
- Medical examination
- Canadian medical insurance valid for at least one year
- Invitation letter from your child/grandchild stating financial support during your stay
- Proof of minimum income from your child/grandchild