Quick guide to applying for a Canadian tourist and visit Visa in 2022
The process of applying for the Canadian tourist and visit visa can be confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with the immigration process in Canada or you’re planning on applying at the last minute. The good news is that there are many steps you can take to ensure that your application goes through smoothly, but it’s best to get started as soon as possible, even if it’s not 2022 yet!
What are the requirements?
In order to obtain a non-immigrant visa, an applicant must prove that they will leave Canada when their authorized period of stay expires. In most cases, successful applicants must satisfy immigration officials that they have ties outside of Canada and can be expected to return home after their temporary stay. However, there are exceptions to these general guidelines. To find out if you qualify for a Canadian Visit Visa as opposed to other types of visas such as work or study visas, contact your nearest embassy or consulate. Citizens from most countries can apply online through the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) system using the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s website. For those unable to use eTA, manual applications are available at most Canadian embassies and consulates. If you need help with eTA or any other questions about Canada Visas, call our team of professionals at +1-800-789-6189 for assistance.
Which type of visa should I apply for?
There are two types of visas that visitors from non-visa countries can apply for when entering Canada: short-term (under 6 months) or long-term (over 6 months). For most individuals, you’ll want to apply for either a multiple entry visa valid for up to 10 years or apply as part of a tour group. If you plan on visiting Canada repeatedly over an extended period of time or if you are part of a tour group, it is much more cost-effective and convenient to apply directly with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) rather than using an immigration lawyer or other agency.
Where do I get an application form?
Most people wishing to apply for a Canada visa will have their application completed by an immigration specialist, who can be found online or through local ex-pat groups. You can also apply on your own by contacting a foreign service center near you; however, processing times are slower when doing so without representation. Canadian Tourist Visa Form –www.ciccanada.ca /English/visit/index.asp – Once you’ve applied, wait for notification of approval before booking travel arrangements.
What are the fees involved?
Applying for a Canadian Tourist Visa can be quick, easy, and free if you’re approved. If you have been invited by an organization or individual in Canada, however, fees are applicable ($75 CDN). In some instances, fees may not apply depending on your circumstances; make sure to check with immigration authorities before submitting your application. Remember that if you travel outside of Canada while under a visitor visa without permission from immigration officials first—you may be banned from entering Canada again.
What supporting documents do I need?
In order to apply for a Canadian Visit Visa, you will need original or certified copies of documents proving your legal identity (e.g., birth certificate, passport), at least two photos that meet specific guidelines, supporting documentation related to your purpose of travel (e.g., confirmed hotel reservations), proof of sufficient funds (e.g., bank statements) and payment fees. You may also be asked to provide additional information about yourself, such as criminal record checks from all countries where you have lived over six months since turning 18 years old. The website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada has more information on what supporting documents are required for each type of visa application.
When should I submit my application?
To maximize your chances of approval, apply at least four months before you intend to travel. Applying too early doesn’t hurt, though, as you can ask Canada immigration officials to hold your application until closer to your trip date if you haven’t yet had time to gather all of your supporting documents. If possible, give yourself as much time as possible—upwards of a year—to apply.
What happens after I submit my application?
Once you’ve submitted your application, you can expect it to take about three weeks from that point before receiving word from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) on whether they need more information or if they’re denying your application. Once they have everything they need, they’ll either issue your visa or deny it. If denied, here’s what can happen: You can apply again within 12 months of receiving their initial decision on your application.
What are the steps after getting my visa?
After you receive your visa, you should get an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. It’s free and valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You’ll need an eTA if you’re flying to Canada or if you’re traveling by boat or train. In other words, anyone traveling through any port of entry into Canada must have an eTA. It’s easy—and free—to apply online. The entire process takes only minutes. So don’t put it off!