In most cases, you must obtain a visitor visa before travelling to Canada. A Visa is a paper attached to your passport that allows you to enter the country. It is crucial to don’t be mistaken about the length of the visa’s validity and the length of your authorized stay in Canada. Although your visa allows you to enter the Canadian gateway, a customs officer will establish how long you can stay as a visitor.
Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
Citizens of the following countries must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization instead of a visitor visa to travel in Canada:
Germany, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil*, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria*, Chile, Cyprus, Republic of Korea, Croatia, Denmark, Arab Emirates, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Solomon Islands, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Lettonia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania*, United Kingdom, San Marino, Samoa, Singapour, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and some British territories.
Since 2017, citizens of Brazil, Bulgaria, and Romania who have obtained a visitor visa within the last 10 years or currently detain a valid visa for the United States can travel to Canada with an ETA.
Citizens of all other countries (than the ones listed above) must obtain a visitor visa to enter Canada. They must also demonstrate that they have a good reason to enter the country, and financial means to provide for their needs during their stay, and above all, intend to leave Canada at the end of their travel.
In most cases, a visitor visa allows the holder to stay no more than six (6) months in Canada, although customs officers still have the last word. In 2020, the average approval rate for a visitor visa was 66%. Contact us if you want to know how to increase your chance of getting a visitor visa.
Super Visa (Parents and Grandparents)
A Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of permanent residents and Canadian citizens to stay in Canada for five (5) years at a time, unlike the visitor visa enabling your to stay for six (6). Parents or grandparents must obtain valid medical insurance for at least a (1) year. Kids or grandchildren who invite them to Canada must prove that their annual incomes allow them to provide for the family’s needs according to the IRCC tariff.
Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) and Criminality
People with criminal records may be unauthorized to enter Canada. People who do not meet the law requirements to enter Canada can obtain a temporary resident permit to enter Canada only if the circumstances are justifiable.
You are convicted of impaired driving but want to attend the funerals of a family member?
You got deported from Canada years ago but want to attend your kid’s wedding?
You are convicted of an offence in your country but want to participate in a sports competition or important international conference?
As every case is different, our team will inform you of the procedures enabling you to travel peacefully to Canada.
Are you eligible for a visitor visa to travel to Canada?
Certain criteria must be met to qualify for a visitor visa, including country of origin, sufficient financial means to stay in Canada and proof of departure. Our immigration lawyers can answer all your questions.