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Visitor Visa for Tourism

The largest country in North America by land and the second-largest country in the world, Canada is famous for its vast untouched landscape and blend of cultures. It is a major tourist attraction. All visitors, unless exempted, must obtain a Visa or Electronic Travel Authorization when they arrive at the port of entry in Canada. Whether you want to visit your friends or family or want to enjoy the best sightseeing in Canada, you can apply for a Visit Visa for tourism. Millions of people are visiting Canada every year. Generally, a Canadian Visit Visa for tourism allows tourists to stay in Canada for up to 6 months. The government of Canada is encouraging tourists to promote tourism industry in the best possible way. AVisitor Visa is also known as Temporary Resident Visa which allows foreign nationals to enter and travel around Canada. Unless you are a national of a visa-exempt country, you need to have a Visit Visa to enter Canada.

How can one apply for a Canada Tourist Visa?

  • Submit a Visit Visa application to the Canadian Visa Office in your country or region.
  • The visa officer could verify:
    • your purpose for visiting Canada.
    • your ability or willingness to leave Canada when the visa expires.
    • your travel history and admissibility.

Once a Visitor Visa is issued, you can come to Canada. At the port of entry, an immigration officer will question the applicant to ensure admissibility.
A Visitor Visa may be for single entry or multiple entry use. If you are not choosing the type of visa you want then the applicants will be considered for multiple entries automatically. However, there are only a few conditions under which the application will be considered for a single entry. Single-entry visas may be issued up to six months before the expected date of travel.  The maximum validity date for Multiple-entry Visit Visas is up to ten (10) years or one month prior to the expiry date on the passport. POE officers will usually grant entry for a period of six months to a person requesting entry as a visitor.

Note: A person who has already an immigrant application in the process is not prohibited from applying for a Temporary Resident Visa.

Change of Status In Canada

Canada is a land of opportunities and provides a lot of openings to its temporary residents. While you are in Canada, you can request a change. We offer you expert advice to change immigration status (visa status) in Canada through the following:

Work Permit

A visitor can apply for a Work Permit if he has valid temporary resident status. While the file is in process, the applicant can also apply for an extension of stay in Canada as a visitor.

Permanent Residence

Changing visitor status to permanent residency is not possible except in specific cases such as Refugee Status or Spousal Sponsorship. For Work Permit holders, application for permanent residency can be initiated as long as a candidate meet or qualify the eligibility criteria.

Do you need further assistance? Contact CMC Immigration.