A visitor is a person who wants to come to Canada to work, study or visit. A visitor is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Every visitor, unless exempted, must obtain a visa before arriving. All visitors who require a visa must have the visa when they appear at a port of entry.
How do I apply for a Canada visit visa?
- Submit a visit visa application to the responsible Canadian visa office in your country or region.
- You may need to attend an interview where the visa officer will verify:
- Your reasons for visiting Canada.
- Your ability or willingness to leave Canada when the visa expires.
- Your overall admissibility to Canada.
- A visit visa is issued and 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. Single-entry visas may be issued up to six months before the expected date of travel. The maximum validity date for multiple entry visitor visas is up to ten (10) years or one month prior to the expiry date on the passport/re-entry visa, whichever is earlier. POE officers will routinely grant entry for a period of six months to a person requesting entry as a visitor.
A foreign national who has an immigrant visa already in process is not prohibited from applying for a temporary resident visa.
Exemptions & Conditions
Citizens of British dependent territories: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you are a citizen of a British dependent territory who derives 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.
- British National (Overseas): You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a British National (Overseas) passport issued by the United Kingdom to persons born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong.
- British Subjects: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a British Subject passport issued by the United Kingdom which contains the observation that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
- Holy See: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a passport or travel document issued by the Holy See.
- Taiwan: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes your personal identification number.
- Israel: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a national Israeli passport.
- Romania: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold an electronic passport.
More details about biometrics, biometric exemptions, and countries require a visa to visit or transit through Canada