Visit Canada

A. Temporary Resident Visa or eTA?

Which do I need? TRV or eTA?:

More than 35 million temporary residents visit Canada every year. Unless you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you will likely need permission to enter Canada as a visitor.  

If you are a citizen from a visa-exempt country traveling by air, you must apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before your departure to Canada.

If you are not a citizen of a visa-exempt country, you will need a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada.

What is an eTA?

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to Canada.

In other words, people from countries who do not require a visa to visit Canada are required to get an eTA, and only if they are travelling to Canada by air or making a transit through a Canadian airport.

What is a TRV, and how do I apply for one?

Like other visas, a TRV is a document issued by the Immigration Office that allows an individual to visit Canada as a visitor. The TRV may be given for single or multiple entries but tourists are typically given a six-month visa. Extensions can be applied from within Canada.

Most applications for TRVs are for individuals who wish to visit Canada for tourism or another personal reason that is not for work or business purposes. Typically, when applying for a TRV, they must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay and that their stay will be temporary.

Please note that possession of a valid TRV does not guarantee entry by the Officer at the Port of Entry in Canada. Visitors must demonstrate that their visit to Canada will be temporary. Contact Us for Immigration Lawyers Mississauga

B. Super Visa

Which do I need? TRV or eTA?:

A Super Visa is a special visa for the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents to visit Canada as a long term visitor on a multi entry visa. A Super Visa allows for multiple entries, over a 10 year period for two years at a time.

The Super Visa could be an ideal option for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to sponsor their parents and are currently waiting or are ineligible for the parental PR. The financial requirement for the Super Visa is less strict than a PR sponsorship, with a lower minimum necessary income.

To be eligible for a Super Visa:

  • The applicant must be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Complete a medical examination and purchase the proper medical  insurance coverage;
  • Have a written commitment of financial support from the sponsor and
  • The sponsor must demonstrate they meet the required financial requirements

C. Business Visitor

There are several situations in which an individual may want to visit Canada for business purposes without needing a work permit.

There are several valid reasons why an individual must come to Canada as a business visitor, such as attending a meeting, conference, or convention, taking orders for goods or services, or training employees of a Canadian subsidiary.

The business visa is intended to provide entry to individuals engaging in business temporarily but not intending to enter the Canadian labor market.

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