A Visitor Visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that is required to meet travel requirements of the country and it must be stamped into your passport copy to enter Canada. VisitorVisa is applicable for the visitors who are seeking short-term entry to the country for different purposes such as tourism, visiting friends and relatives, for medical treatments, to attend conferences and meetings. A Visitor Visa is a permit granted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to citizens of most countries to visit Canada and the period of visit is always subject to change depending uponthe ImmigrationOfficer at the port of entry, usually it is for six months. An extension for Visitor Visa is possible if the applicant has a valid reason to define for extending his/her stay more than six months.
You must meet some basic requirements to get a Visitor Visa. You must:
• have a valid travel document, like a passport
• be in good health
• have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
• convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets, or family—that will take you back to your home country
• convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
• have enough money for your stay
• The amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay and if you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.
• You may also need a medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.
How long you can stay
Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada.At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months.
If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document, called a visitor record, which will show the date you need to leave by. If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
Top 5 Key Tips When Preparing and Submitting an Immigration Visitor Visa Application to Canada
1. Purpose of Visit
May seem obvious but the reason for the visit as well as the time requested for the travel must make sense. If the trip is for personal reasons do not couch it as a business trip. If visiting a boyfriend or girlfriend, be open and do not suggest it is to visit a family member because it may sound more compelling.
2. Immigration Status in Home Country
There must be clear declarations of dual citizenship, permanent and/or temporary status. It is also important to provide the jurisdictional contexts. Obviously travel and immigration documents must be current. Failing to provide a clear immigration and residency history can be problematic.
3. Ties in Home Country
Where immediate family members live, familial responsibilities and resulting financial obligations are important factors that come into play. Limited ties to a home country although unfair can in certain circumstances be an issue.
4. Past Travel and Civil History
A positive travel history and exemplary civil, employment and financial records are critical. Any admissibility issues like criminality, security are givens. As is evidence that an applicant will not pose any health risks and remains in good health and has no history of any communicable, physical, or mental disease.
5. Ability to Leave Canada
The more countries the better and extensive history of compliance during travels abroad is a strong indicator of future comportment with the terms of any visa issued by Canada. The need to travel to Canada more than once is also helpful because an applicant is unlikely to jeopardize the long-term ability to continue to enter Canada as well as other countries on any future travels for one trip.